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Staff Picks - Women's History

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We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere (158.108 ANDERSON)
by Gillian Anderson
Inspires women to use practical, psychological, and spiritual tools to create a more fulfilling way of life and to attain happiness and freedom from the have-it-all superwoman culture.

The H-Spot (155.333)
by Jill Filipovic
Challenges misperceptions about how modern feminists must work harder or make difficult compromises to achieve fulfillment and happiness and identifies irregular cultural &professional expectations that continue to enforce gender divides.

The Dance of the Dissident Daughter (291.2114 K46)
by Sue Monk Kidd
The author takes the reader on her journey from traditional Christian wife and mother to a woman who argues for a feminine face of God.

Yell-oh Girls! (305.235)
ed. by Vickie Nam
Captures the complex realities of life for Asian-American women as they address such topics as culture clash, interracial dating, body image, stereotypes, and more.

Vagina: A New Biography (305.4 W854)
by Naomi Wolf
Interweaving physiology, history, and culture, new theories explore the connection between the vagina & the female brain & consciousness, revealing the physical, political, and spiritual implications for women.

Divided We Stand (305.409 SPRUILL)
by Marjorie J. Spruill
Forty years ago, two women's movements drew a line in the sand between liberals and conservatives. The legacy of that rift is still evident today in American politics and social policies.

When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women, From 1960 to the Present (305.40973)
by Gail Collins
Tells how American women got from there to here, in politics, fashion, economics, sex, families and work in the past five decades.

What Every Woman Should Know About Women’s History: 200 Events That Shaped Our Destiny (305.40973)
by Christine Lunardini
In-depth coverage of major events of American history in which women played significant roles & profiles such notable figures as Anne Hutchinson, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Betty Friedan.

Beauty Sick (305.42 ENGELN)
by Renee Engeln
Examines the detrimental effects of unrealistic beauty standards on women and girls, noting how the expectation of beauty is damaging to their success and well-being.

Why I March (305.42 WHY)
Offers a pictorial look at the January 2017 Women's March protest, in which millions of people worldwide marched for women's rights and a host of other progressive causes in reaction to the inauguration of Donald Trump.

How to Be a Woman (305.4202 M829)
by Caitlin Moran
Piecing together common-sense observations with scenes from her own life, the author sheds new light on feminism, discussing the reasons why female rights and empowerment are essential issues for both women and society itself.

Women of the Revolution: Forty Years of Feminism (305.4209 W872)
edited by Kira Cochrane
A collection of articles by and interviews of leading figures of the feminist movement that have appeared in the Guardian newspaper.

Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists (305.42092)
Sometimes emotional, sometimes hilarious, this collection gives young women who already identify with the feminist movement the opportunity to be heard—and it welcomes into the fold those new to the still-developing story of feminism.

Not for Ourselves Alone: The History of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony (305.42092)
by Geoffrey C. Ward
The companion volume to Ken Burns’ film focuses on the lives of two of the pioneers in the women's rights movement --examining their diverse backgrounds, beliefs, activism, & lasting influence on American history.

Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years (305.43)
by E. J. W. Barber
Drawing on the latest archaeological and technological research, this intriguing study of women's history explores the relationship between the development of the fiber arts and women's roles in society.

Wanted Women: Faith, Lies and the War on Terror: The Lives of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Aafia Siddiqui (305.48697)
by Deborah Scroggins
Highlights the lives of two champions of Muslim women’s rights, to examine the role women have played in the conflict between radical Islam and the West.

The New Feminist Agenda (306.36)
by Madeleine M. Kunin
Looks at the current state of women's rights in the United States, highlighting the difficulty of juggling career and family, and focusing on the gap between American women and women in other nations around the world.

Undaunted (355.00925 B578)
by Tanya Biank
Presents an in-depth tribute to the achievements & contributions of women serving in the U.S. military, sharing insights into their experiences of leaving families behind & the impact of combat on their lives.

Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story (305.4 SAINI)
by Angela Saini
Describes how modern-day science has refuted the previous notions of women as the inferior sex and instead revealed them to be strong, powerful, strategic, and as smart as anyone else.

Margaret Sanger (363.96092 S225)
by Jean H. Baker
A portrait of the leader in the birth control movement seeks to restore her position in feminist history including coverage of such topics as the nursing experiences that inspired her beliefs, her pioneering of the first family-planning clinic. 

From the Beast to the Blonde (398.2)
by Marina Warner
From classical enchantresses to Mother Goose to the Brothers Grimm, a cultural study of fairy tales shows what they reveal about the changing status of women, and prejudice. 

Hidden Figures (510.9252 LEE SHETTERLY)
by Margot Lee Shetterly
An account of the previously unheralded but pivotal contributions of NASA's African-American women mathematicians to America's space program describes how they were segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws in spite of their groundbreaking successes. 

Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom (618.1)
by Christiane Northrup
A groundbreaking book on women's physical and emotional well-being, demonstrates the synergy of physical and spiritual healing to complement a doctor's care. 

The Astronaut Wives Club (629.45009 K836)
by Lily Koppel
Describes what lives were like for a group of military wives, including Annie Glenn, Rene Carpenter, Betty Grissom and Louise Shepherd, who were thrust into the spotlight when their husbands became Mercury Seven astronauts and made them stars. 

Crazy Salad & Scribble Scribble (814.54 E63)
by Nora Ephron
Presents two collections of essays tackling everything from feminism to the media.  

The Lives of Margaret Fuller (818.309)
by John Matteson
The life of the great 19th-century feminist who served as the first foreign correspondent for an American newspaper. 

Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation (920.72 M159)
by Judith Mackrell
A revisionist assessment of the movement that shattered the boundaries of conventional femininity through the lives of six figures that exemplified it, including Lady Diana Cooper, Zelda Fitzgerald, & Josephine Baker. 

Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer and Sex Changed a Nation at War (966.62033)
by Leymah Gbowee
Recounts the experiences of a Liberian activist as she discusses how she united Christian and Muslim women to campaign for an end to war in her nation. 

Ladies of Liberty: the Women Who Shaped Our Nation (973.40922)
by Cokie Roberts
Shares the stories of remarkable women who shaped American history between 1796 and 1828, including Dolley Madison, Theodosia Burr, and Sacajawea. 

The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage and Scandal in the Gilded Age (305.42092 M172)
by Myra MacPherson
Describes the adventures of two sisters who tried to overcome the male-dominated social norms of the late nineteenth century and achieved a remarkable list of firsts, including the first woman-run brokerage house and the first woman to run for president.