OPL Responds: A Booklist for the 2018 Women's March

Need some reading to go with all that marching? OPL has lots of great books on topics such as suffrage, civic engagement, dissenting women, and women in politics.

Saturday, January 20th will be the second annual Oakland Women's March.

Last year the Mercury News reported that 100,000 people marched here in Oakland. The route goes right by the Main library! We hope to have power restored and be open. If you are planning to visit the library on Saturday, please be aware that parking, and even walking, in the area may be difficult. If we are not open, we will have a table outside the library where you can pick up booklists, flyers, and even do a fun craft.

If you're marching (or if you're interested in reading more about issues being highlighted by the march) we've pulled together some books you might want to take a look at. 



Down for the count : dirty elections and the rotten history of democracy in America / Andrew Gumbel

Fighting chance : the struggle over woman suffrage and Black suffrage in Reconstruction America / Faye E. Dudden

The great suppression : voting rights, corporate cash, and the conservative assault on democracy / Zachary Roth

History of woman suffrage / Ed. by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Matilda Joslyn Gage

Remember the ladies : celebrating those who fought for freedom at the ballot box / Angela P. Dodson

Suffragette [movie] / directed by Sarah Gavron

The suffragents : how women used men to get the vote / Brooke Kroeger

The voting rights war : the NAACP and the ongoing struggle for justice / Gloria J. Browne-Marshall

With courage and cloth : winning the fight for a woman's right to vote / Ann Bausum

Why the vote wasn't enough for Selma / Karlyn Forner

Civic Engagement


Daring democracy : igniting power, meaning, and connection for the America we want / Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen

Engines of liberty : the power of citizen activists to make constitutional law / David Cole

Get out the vote : how to increase voter turnout / Donald P. Green, Alan S. Gerber

Hegemony how-to : a roadmap for radicals / by Jonathan Matthew Smucker

Politics the Wellstone way : how to elect progressive candidates and win on issues / Wellstone Action ; edited by Bill Lofy

organizers and Condé Nast

What we do now : standing up for your values in Trump's America / edited by Dennis Johnson and Valerie Merians

Dissenting Women


De facto feminism : essays straight outta Oakland / Judy Juanita

Necessary trouble : Americans in revolt / Sarah Jaffe

No is not enough : resisting Trump's shock politics and winning the world we need / Naomi Klein

Radical hope : letters of love and dissent in dangerous times / edited by Carolina de Robertis

Together we rise : the women's march : behind the scenes at the protest heard round the world / the Women's March 

Wherever there's a fight : how runaway slaves, suffragists, immigrants, strikers, and poets shaped civil liberties in California / Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi

Why we march : signs of protest and hope : voices from the Women's March / Artisan, a division of Workman Publishing Co., Inc



Women in American Politics


The crunk feminist collection / edited by Brittney C. Cooper, Susana M. Morris, Robin M. Boylorn

Divided we stand : the battle over women's rights and family values that polarized American politics / Marjorie J. Spruill

Every day is election day : a woman's guide to winning any office, from the PTA to the White House / Rebecca Sive ; [foreword by] Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

The highest glass ceiling : women's quest for the American presidency / Ellen Fitzpatrick

Nasty women : feminism, resistance, and revolution in Trump's America / edited by Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding

Renegade for peace and justice : Congresswoman Barbara Lee speaks for me / Barbara Lee

Shadow bodies : black women, ideology, representation, and politics / Julia S. Jordan-Zachery

When women win : EMILY's list and the rise of women in American politics / Ellen R. Malcolm with Craig Unger

Who thought this was a good idea? : and other questions you should have answers to when you work in the White House / Alyssa Mastromonaco with Lauren Oyler

Women, culture, & politics / Angela Y. Davis


Download a print copy of this list here.  Got kids? We've got a great booklist about Working Together for Justice available here. And here are some great reads for teens.


There will also be

There will also be bibliographies of children's titles and teen titles available onsite. Check it out!

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