Women Making History

Feminists, activists, mothers and more.

In honor of Women's History Month here are some inspiring new(ish) titles and recent re-issues of older titles highlighting women's accomplishments, concerns, and struggles. Although March is Women's History month, these are great books to read any time!

    Daring to Drive     For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics     Black Dove     Unapologetic            

Feminist Freedom Warriors     Eloquent Rage     We Rise to Resist     Trailblazer                

               A Burst of Light     Song in a Weary Throat      Our Story

Daring to drive : a Saudi woman's awakening/ Manal al-Sharif
A ferociously intimate memoir by a devout woman from a modest family in Saudi Arabia who became the unexpected leader of a courageous movement to support women’s right to drive.

For colored girls who have considered politics/ Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, and Minyon Moore with Veronica Chambers
A sweeping view of American history from the vantage points of four women who have lived and worked behind the scenes in politics for over thirty years--Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, and Minyon Moore--a group of women who call themselves The Colored Girls

Black dove : essays on mama, mi'jo, and me / Ana Castillo
In this collection of essays, Ana Castillo examines what it means to be a single, brown, feminist parent in a world of mass incarceration, racial profiling, and police brutality.

Unapologetic : a Black, queer, and feminist mandate for our movement / Charlene A. Carruthers
A 21st century guide to building a Black liberation movement through a Black queer feminist lens

Feminist freedom warriors / Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Linda E. Carty [editors] ; with generous assistance from Taveeshi Singh
Tells the stories of women of color from the Global South, weaving together cross-generational histories of feminist activism across national borders.The book features interviews with activists from movements spanning the last seven decades in the United States, India, Mexico, Palestine, Nigeria, South Africa, and beyond. 

Eloquent rage : a black feminist discovers her superpower / Brittney Cooper
In the Black feminist tradition of Audre Lorde, Brittney Cooper reminds us that anger is a powerful source of energy that can give us the strength to keep on fighting. Far too often, Black women’s anger has been caricatured into an ugly and destructive force that threatens the civility and social fabric of American democracy. But Cooper shows us that there is more to the story than that. Black women’s eloquent rage is what makes Serena Williams such a powerful tennis player. It’s what makes Beyoncé’s girl power anthems resonate so hard. It’s what makes Michelle Obama an icon. Eloquent rage keeps us all honest and accountable. It reminds women that they don’t have to settle for less. 

We rise to resist : voices from a new era in women's political action / edited by Paula W. Dáil and Betty L. Well
This collection of essays and interviews presents 36 contributors to this emerging movement discussing a broad range of topics--activism, healthcare, education, LGBT issues, the environment, to name a few--affecting the political and cultural environment of future generations.

Trailblazer : a pioneering journalist's fight to make the media look more like America / Dorothy Butler Gilliam
Dorothy Butler Gilliam, whose 50-year-career as a journalist put her in the forefront of the fight for social justice, offers a comprehensive view of racial relations and the media in the U.S. Told with a pioneering newspaper writer's charm and skill, Gilliam's full, fascinating life weaves her personal and professional experiences and media history into an engrossing tapestry. 

A burst of light : and other essays / Audre Lorde ; foreword by Sonia Sanchez
Winner of the 1988 Before Columbus Foundation National Book Award, this path-breaking collection of essays is a clarion call to build communities that nurture our spirit. Lorde announces the need for a radical politics of intersectionality while struggling to maintain her own faith as she wages a battle against liver cancer. From reflections on her struggle with the disease to thoughts on lesbian sexuality and African-American identity in a straight white man's world, Lorde's voice remains enduringly relevant in today's political landscape. This edition is a 2017 re-issue of the original.

Song in a weary throat : memoir of an American pilgrimage / Pauli Murray ; with a new introduction by Patricia Bell-Scott
Poet, memoirist, labor organizer, and Episcopal priest, Pauli Murray helped transform the law of the land. Arrested in 1940 for sitting in the whites-only section of a Virginia bus, Murray propelled that life-defining event into a Howard law degree and a fight against "Jane Crow" sexism. Her legal brilliance was pivotal to the overturning of Plessy v. Ferguson, the success of Brown v. Board of Education, and the Supreme Court's recognition that the equal protection clause applies to women; it also connected her with such progressive leaders as Eleanor Roosevelt, Thurgood Marshall, Betty Friedan, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Republished with a new introduction, Murray's remarkable memoir takes its rightful place among the great civil rights autobiographies of the twentieth century.

Women : our story / foreword, Rebecca Boggs Roberts
A celebration of the pivotal but less-recognized roles women have played in culture and society reexamines history from a female perspective, from early matriarchal societies through the Suffragette movement and twentieth-century feminism.

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