Women’s History Month Reads

Every March we celebrate the history of women in the United States and the obstacles they have overcome throughout all aspects of life. Check out some of these female-centric books, written by or about inspiring women:

The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers by Elizabeth Cobbs – In 1918 the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France to help win World War I where they faced numerous challenges in a war zone where male soldiers resented, wooed, mocked, saluted, and ultimately celebrated them. Back on the home front, they fought the army for veterans’ benefits and medals, and won.

Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech by Heather Cabot & Samantha Walravens – Profiles the female entrepreneurs staking out a place for themselves in the tech industry, sharing the examples of such innovators as Debbie Sterling, Michelle Phan, and other role models behind the success of women-led tech start-ups.

#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso – The founder of the Nasty Gal fashion e-tailer shares an irreverent manifesto for ambitious young women that explains how to channel personal passion and energy while overcoming insecurities, outlining straightforward advice on doing meaningful work and garnering recognition.

The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It by Joanna Scutts – Presents a cultural history of independent single women from the 1920s to 1950s through the reclaimed life of glamorous guru Marjorie Hillis. Continue reading

Celebrate Women’s History Month With YA Books

Looking for a book for the weekend? Consider one of these titles selected for Women’s History Month. You don’t have to be a teen to enjoy these Young Adult books!

Nonfiction: History doesn’t have to be dry or boring, as these books prove

18381476Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific by Mary Cronk Farrell.
The incredible story of 101 Army and Navy nurses in the Philippines who struggled together through horrific conditions of invasion and captivity. Even more amazing, all 101 made it home alive.

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Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) by Sue Macy.
Who knew that the bicycle played such an important role in the women’s liberation movement? From simple access to transportation to changes in restrictive clothing styles, the bicycle transformed women’s lives. The history of the bicycle is women’s history, too.

850230Women in Pants: Manly Maidens, Cowgirls, and Other Renegades by Catherine Smith and Cynthia Greig.
This book uses vintage photographs to document women who defied society’s norms by openly wearing trousers. Whether out of necessity, as an act of defiance, or just for fun, the women challenged the conventions of their time.

Fiction: Stories of amazing young women, blazing their own trails

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Audacity by Melanie Crowder.
Historical fiction, based on the real-life story of Clara Lemlich. Lemlich was an amazing woman who was a tireless voice for women’s rights and fair labor practices in the early twentieth century, especially in the garment industry in New York. Her activism paved the way for new opportunities for women. The free verse format makes this both a quick and compelling read. Continue reading