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Women's History: Research & Reading

A guide for reading and research on Women's history.

Books on Women's History

Born for Liberty

Traces the role of American women in history, from the Iroquois matron and Puritan goodwife to the dual-role career woman and mother of the eighties.

Unequal Sisters

This revised and expanded edition comprises some of the most ground-breaking work in women's and feminist history. Addressing issues of race, ethnicity, religion, and sexuality, it provides a more accurate and inclusive history of US women.

Women's America

The fourth edition of this widely-acclaimed anthology integrates the best of recent scholarship in women's history with American history as a whole.

No Small Courage

Enriched by the wealth of new research into women's history, No Small Courage offers a lively chronicle of American experience, charting women's lives and experiences with fascinating immediacy from the precolonial era to the present.

U. S. History As Women's History

This outstanding collection of fifteen original essays represents innovative work by some of the most influential scholars in the field of women's history. Covering a broad sweep of history from colonial to contemporary times and ranging over the fields of legal, social, political, and cultural history.

Women's History in Russia

This book is the first English language, all-Russian book on women's history, and translates the knowledge, theories and methodologies in use within Russian national historiography to tackle gender and women's history.

A Social History of Women and Gender in the Modern Middle East

A Social History of Women and Gender in the Modern Middle East provides an overview of this scholarship on women and gender in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century Middle East.

Women Have Always Worked

A classic since its original publication, Women Have Always Worked brought much-needed insight into the ways work has shaped female lives and sensibilities.

Classic Readings on Women's History

Men Explain Things to Me

The National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author delivers a collection of essays that serve as the perfect "antidote to mansplaining."

The Woman's Hour

The nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote.

The Woman Warrior

A memoir of the American-born daughter of Chinese immigrants who lived within the traditions and fears of the Chinese past as well as the realities of the alien modern American culture

The Feminine Mystique

20th anniversary edition: Analyzes the changing role and status of women along with the implications of the evolving women's movement.

The Second Sex

Newly translated and unabridged in English for the first time, Simone de Beauvoir's masterwork is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of "woman," and a groundbreaking exploration of inequality and otherness.

A Vindication of the Rights of Women

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) was a British writer, philosopher, and advocate of women's rights.

Sexual Politics

A sensation upon its publication in 1970, Sexual Politics documents the subjugation of women in great literature and art.

Sister Outsider

In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change.

The Beauty Myth

How images of beauty are used against women.

Inferior : how science got women wrong and the new research that's rewriting the story

What science has gotten so shamefully wrong about women, and the fight, by both female and male scientists, to rewrite what we thought we knew

Feminism Is for Everybody

What is feminism? In this short, accessible primer, bell hooks explores the nature of feminism and its positive promise to eliminate sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression. With her characteristic clarity and directness, hooks encourages readers to see how feminism can touch and change their lives--to see that feminism is for everybody.

Biographies & Autobiographies

The Diary of a Young Girl

The diary as Anne Frank wrote it. At last, in a new translation, this definitive edition contains entries about Anne's burgeoning sexuality and confrontations with her mother that were cut from previous editions.

I Am Malala

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells--taken without her knowledge--became one of the most important tools in medicine.

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Not only one of the last of over one hundred slave narratives published separately before the Civil War, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861) is also one of the few existing narratives written by a woman. It offers a unique perspective on the complex plight of the black woman as slave and as writer.

The Story of My Life

The classic biography of the gallant lady who overcame multiple physical handicaps.

Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions

This phenomenally successful book, that has sold nearly a half a million copies since its original publication in 1983, is Gloria Steinem's most diverse and timeless collection of essays.

Courage in a Dangerous World

Courage in a Dangerous World allows her own voice again to be heard. Noted Eleanor Roosevelt scholar Allida M. Black has gathered more than two hundred columns, articles, essays, and speeches culled from archives whose pages number in the millions, tracing her development from timorous columnist to one of liberalism's most outspoken leaders.

West with the Night

"West with the Night" is the story of Beryl Markham--aviator, racehorse trainer, beauty--and her life in the Kenya of the 1920s and '30s.

Books on Women's History

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