Ten Books To Empower Women
This March, Read Books about Brave Women
Women are front and center this month as we celebrate Women's History Month. Here are ten NEW titles on the experiences and perspectives of women throughout history and across the globe.
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Good for a Girl: A Woman Running in a Man's World by Lauren Fleshman (1/10/23) Penguin Press
Fueled by her years as an elite runner and advocate for women in sports, Lauren Fleshman offers her inspiring personal story and a rallying cry for reform of a sports landscape that is failing young female athletes.
Fearless Women: Feminist Patriots from Abigail Adams to Beyoncé by Elizabeth Cobbs (3/7) Belknap Press
Award-winning historian and novelist Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman brings fresh, unexpected perspectives to our understanding of the past and present.
Women Without Kids: The Revolutionary Rise of an Unsung Sisterhood by Ruby Warrington (3/28) Sounds True
A personal look + anthropological dig into the factors driving the global drop off in the birth rate.
A Fever in the Heartland: The Ku Klux Klan's Plot to Take Over America, and the Woman Who Stopped Them by Timothy Egan (4/4) Viking
Magnificent Rebel: Nancy Cunard in Jazz Age Paris by Anne De Courcy (4/11)
Anne de Courcy, the author of Husband Hunters and Chanel's Riviera, examines the controversial life of legendary beauty, writer and rich girl Nancy Cunard during her thirteen years in Jazz-Age Paris.
The Story of Art Without Men by Katy Hessel (5/2) WWNorton
The book is designed as a counterpart to Ernst Gombrich’s catalogue of the history of art, The Story of Art (1950), which is to British art education what Janson’s History of Art is in the U.S. But in both countries, what’s presented as an encyclopedic text was first published without mentioning a single woman artist—and even current editions have a long way to go toward equal representation, by gender and race.
Undaunted: How Women Changed American Journalism by Brooke Kroeger (5/16)
An essential history of women in American journalism, showcasing exceptional careers from 1840 to the present
“The book is proof that not every patriotic hero bore a gun and wore pants. Historically, most of the women who poured their souls into the Fourth Estate were treated like witnesses to their own execution: Everyone got to make a speech about them—but them. Now their story is told by one of their own, with the forthright candor and superb journalistic skill for which Brooke Kroeger is known. The pioneers in this tome were foot soldiers of justice and imagination. Their presence in newsrooms challenged the very nature of journalism, which by its nature, lives in a language dipped in the subtle but charged, effective strength of male prejudice. For all their talent and skill, these women had no voice in history. Now, thanks to Kroeger, they have one.” —James McBride, author of Deacon King Kong, The Color of Water
The Art of Ruth E. Carter: Costuming Black History and the Afrofuture, from Do the Right Thing to Black Panther by Ruth E. Carter (5/23)
Young and Restless: The Girls Who Sparked America's Revolutions by Mattie Kahn (6/13) Viking
The untold story of the people who have helped spark America’s most transformative social movements throughout history: teenage girls
A Dark, a Light, a Bright: The Designs of Dorothy Liebes by Alexa Griffith Winton (6/27)
Dorothy Wright Liebes (1893-1972) was a textile designer who is known for having developed a distinctive look, including vibrant colors and patterns that became synonymous with the Modernist movement in California in the 1940s and 1950s.
Did you find any good books to add to your TBR? This is just a small sampling of the nonfiction titles I’ve curated on this topic. Make sure to check out the complete list HERE.
Feminism gets a bad rap because Americans don’t know its history - By Elizabeth Cobbs | Washington Post
Author. Editor. Book Doula. https://www.rubywarrington.com/
Fever In The Heartland | PW Review
‘It’s About Who’s Been Able to Tell the Story’: Curator and Author Katy Hessel on Writing an All-Women History of Art | Artnet News
Ruth E. Carter is a costume designer who works across genres and has brought her skills to more than 60 diverse film and television projects. | https://www.ruthecarter.com/
Harvard Authors Spotlight: Mattie Kahn and the Greatness of Girls | The Crimson
Dorothy Wright Liebes: Unorthodox Textiles | Smithsonian Learning Lab
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