Celebrating Women’s History Month

Discover the real-life stories of extraordinary women — from among many differing occupations, eras, and walks of life — with these compelling memoirs and biographies.
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Warrior Princesses Strike Back by Sarah Eagle Heart

Interweaving self-help strategies, centering on women of color, Lakota twin sisters and Indigenous activists Sarah Eagle Heart and Emma Eagle Heart-White explore the possibility of healing intergenerational and personal trauma by focusing on traditional strategies of reciprocity, acknowledgment and collectivism.

The Women’s History of the Modern World by Rosalind Miles

Women in the arts, women in sports, women in business, women in religion, women in politics–this is a one-stop roundup of the tremendous progress women have made in the modern era. A testimony to how women have persisted–and excelled–this is a smart and stylish popular history for all readers.

Black and Female: Essays by Tsitsi Dangarembga

This paradigm-shifting essay collection weaves the personal and political in an illuminating exploration of race and gender. Dangarembga recounts a painful separation from her parents as a toddler, connecting this experience to the ruptures caused in Africa by human trafficking and enslavement. She argues that, after independence, the ruling party in Zimbabwe only performed inclusion for women while silencing the work of self-actualized feminists. She describes her struggles to realize her ambitions in theater, film, and literature, laying out the long path to the publication of her novels.

God Save the Queens by Kathy Iandoli

Paying tribute to the women of hip-hop, and exploring issues of gender, money, sexuality, violence, objectification and more, this important and monumental work of music journalism finally gives these influential artists the respect they have long deserved.

Code Name Blue Wren by Jim Popkin

Describes the true crime story of Ana Montes, a superstar of the U.S. Intelligence community who had recently won a prestigious fellowship at the CIA was arrested and publicly exposed as a secret agent for Cuba.

The Daughters of Kobani by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

The story of how an all-female Kurdish militia drove ISIS from the Syrian town of Kobani, empowering the women of that region and earning the respect and support of U.S. Special Operations Forces.

Once I Was You by Maria Hinojosa

Documents the story of immigration in America, sharing her family’s experiences to share the truths about the United States’s complicated relationship with people who cross its borders.

Shelf Life by Nadia Wassef

The warm and winning story of starting a bookstore where there were none, Shelf Life recounts Nadia Wassef’s troubles and triumphs as founder and manager of Cairo-based Diwan.

The Doctors Blackwell by Janice P. Nimura

Presents a biography of two pioneering sisters who, together, became America’s first female doctors and transformed New York’s medical establishment by creating a hospital by and for women.

Strong Female Lead by Arwa Mahdawi

A writer, speaker and business consultant explores the qualities of successful female leaders who didn’t“lean in” and act like men to get ahead through original research and interviews with Madeleine Albright, Mary Robinson, Alicia Garza and more.

The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore

Committed to the Illinois State Hospital by her cruel husband, Elizabeth, amidst deplorable conditions, finds other women like her, conveniently labeled crazy, and, with nothing left to lose, gives voice to those who cannot stand up for themselves as she fights for their freedom.

Shine Bright by Danyel Smith

From a noted cultural critic comes a combination of memoir, criticism, and biography that tells the story of black women in music—from the Dixie Cups to Gladys Knight to Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey—as the foundational story of American pop.

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