Using contemporary letters and exhaustive research, Wickenden traces the lives of Harriet Tubman, Frances Seward, and Martha Wright as they fought for the abolition of slavery and for women’s rights as the country split apart. This title is also available for checkout as an eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.
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A diverse array of women helped transform the American West: Black women escaping slavery; Chinese sex-workers sold like chattel; Native American women brutally displaced by Manifest Destiny. These were the women who settled the American West, and whose stories—until now—have remained mostly untold. This title is also available for checkout as an eAudio on Hoopla.
Vivid pictures and stirring prose brings history to life from the vantage point of women who lived it and the many roles–domestic, social, cultural and professional–played by women across the world before second-wave feminism took hold. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Hoopla.
The Nineteenth Amendment was an incomplete victory: a century later, women are still grappling with how to use the vote and their political power to expand civil rights, confront racial violence, improve maternal health, advance educational and employment opportunities, and secure reproductive rights. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Hoopla.
The Girl Explorers: The Untold Story of the Globetrotting Women Who Trekked, Flew, and Fought Their Way Around the World
Never tell a woman where she doesn’t belong. The Society of Women Geographers scaled mountains, explored the high seas, flew across the Atlantic, and recorded the world through film, sculpture, and literature and paved the way for today’s women scientists. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Hoopla.
Many books on this subject have either ignored or paid short shrift to the women who have shaped the genre. Iandolli gives these trailblazers their due praise, highlighting hitmakers like Nicki Minaj and Queen Latifah, as well as early pioneers like Roxanne Shante. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla or as eAudio on Hoopla.
Rebellion explores the notoriously sexist policies that airlines forced on “Sky girls”–weight limits, no marriage or children, rigid fashion codes, and mandatory retirement at age 32– alongside the rise of female-empowerment and labor movements of the ’60s and ’70s, through the cadre of gutsy women who fought for their rights–and won. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby.
Thompson unearths the darker side of the gilded lives of heiresses. Before the 20th century a wife’s inheritance was the property of her husband, making her vulnerable to kidnap, forced marriages, even confinement in an asylum. And in modern times, heiresses fell victim to fortune-hunters who squandered their millions. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook and eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.
Centuries after the infamous witch hunts swept Europe and America, Chollet concludes that rather than being a brief moment in history, the persecution of witches is just another example of society’s ongoing misogyny. The three types of women accused of witchcraft and persecuted–the independent woman, the childless woman, and the elderly woman—are still vilified today. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook and an eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.
From the lowest rung of the judicial ladder to the Supreme Court, legal decisions that protect fundamental freedoms are under assault in existential ways. An incisive look at women who have responded to judicially-sanctioned injustice by upending their lives, careers and families to organize a new kind of resistance movement. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook and eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.
Known for her op-ed columns in the New York Times, Gail Collins hopes to inspire women to embrace getting older in this exploration of aging that begins in Plymouth Rock and finally lands on modern movements. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby.
The more things change, the more they stay the same in this history that examines the role of woman in society. Blogger Eleanor Janega takes a pop-cultural approach, tracing the origin of misogynistic views of women over time, and countering with anecdotes from historical records. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook OverDrive/Libby.
Sometimes the most important aspect of a historical record is what is left out. This revisionist history highlights the queens and princesses who ruled Medieval Palestine with political agency and deft decision making, once influential figures who have largely been ignored until now. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Hoopla.
The road to the ratification of the nineteenth amendment did eventually pass through Seneca Falls and eventually Washington D.C., but the trails for women’s suffrage were also blazed by groups of women from diverse backgrounds, in all American territories. By focusing on intersectionality, Recasting the Vote uncovers the unsung heroes of the suffrage movement. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Hoopla.
Groundbreaking women of color are honored in this kaleidoscope of change makers. Mini histories of each figure are accompanied by vibrant portraits, with sidebars included to connect them to overarching social movements. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Hoopla.
With Salty, we are invited to an imaginary dinner party with nine guests of honor; women whose artistic contributions have shaped the world we live in. This book examines the role of food in the lives of these trailblazers, nurturing them as they pushed the boundaries of cultural norms. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook and eAudio on Hoopla.
The Secret History of Home Economics: How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power of Home and Changed the Way We Live
While the classes themselves have stopped being high school requirements, the term “Home Economics” mostly conjures up images of teens struggling with sewing machines. However, in the twentieth century Home Economics was a revolutionary field which offered opportunities for many women in institutions of learning as well as in industrial application. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as an eAudio on Hoopla.
Drawing on their experience as a music journalist, author Danyel Smith has crafted a history of Black women in American pop that is both personal and political, highlighting musicians as diverse as Phillis Wheatley to Mariah Carey. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook and eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.
While women’s place in history is often downplayed, the history of queer women has been downright ignored. Kirsty Loehr unpacks the important narrative of these strong, queer women throughout history in this humorous and wide-ranging book. This title is also available for checkout as an eAudio on Hoopla.
Kyla Schuller provides a trenchant examination of how the feminist movement has largely championed white, moneyed women over their Black, Indigenous, Latina, poor, queer, and trans counterparts. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby.
Mary Tudor, Elizabeth I, Mary, Queen of Scots, and Catherine de’ Medici: these names have resonated in history books for centuries. They have often been cast as rivals, but Maureen Quilligan takes a closer look at their relationships, showing how their mutual respect produced peace, which then led to widespread political and artistic creativity. This title is also available for checkout as an eAudio on Hoopla.
During the fraught time period after World War II, espionage and foreign intelligence was at an inflection point. In Wise Gals, historian Nathalia Holt presents four female agents, all at the top of their class, who forged new paths for both the intelligence field and women in the workplace as they helped to build the CIA as we know it today. This title is also available for checkout as an eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.
A Woman's Life Is a Human Life: My Mother, Our Neighbor, and the Journey from Reproductive Rights to Reproductive Justice
2023 is the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. A Woman’s Life is a Human Life looks at the fight for reproductive justice that occurred immediately before and in the aftermath of that historic decision. Two New York movements are highlighted here, including the fight to decriminalize abortion and the fight against sterilization abuse. As issues of reproductive freedom continues to be waged in both the courtroom and public squares, these stories of activism continue to resonate. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Hoopla.
Each chapter of this book tells the story of one trailblazing Disney Imagineer. These women helped to shape the legendary theme parks that have enchanted visitors for decades and their stories highlight the importance of harnessing the power of women in visible, high-powered positions in the workplace. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook and as an eAudio on Hoopla.
The Women with Silver Wings: The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II
The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program, which saw 1,100 women from across the country enter the skies during World War II, allowed women to serve their country and aid in the war effort in ways that had previously been unthinkable. While their valor is obvious today, they had to fight for their recognition as military veterans. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook and as an eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.
The inspiration for the iconic comedy 9 to 5 gets its own story here. Ellen Cassedy was among ten female office workers in Boston in the 1970s that gathered to discuss the problems they were facing in their offices. Their activism led to making sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination illegal, along with helping to bring greater respect to women in the workplace in general, even as these battles continue to be fought today. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Hoopla.