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In the month of March we celebrate women throughout history

Recommended Reads

Witches, Midwives, and Nurses (Second Edition)

First published by the Feminist Press in 1973, Witches, Midwives & Nurses is an essential book about the corruption of the medical establishment and its historic roots in the demonizing of women healers.

Women and Power

Two essays connect the past with the present, tracing the history of misogyny to its ancient roots and examining the pitfalls of gender.

The Secret History of Home Economics

This groundbreaking and engaging history restores a maligned subject to its rightful importance. The author brings forward the racism within the movement along with the strides taken by Black women who were influential leaders and innovators. She also looks at the personal lives of home economics' women, as they chose being single, shared lives with women, or tried for egalitarian marriages.

Faces of Civil War Nurses

Author Coddington profiles the experiences of 77 representative women who provided care during the Civil War, serving as official and unofficial nurses, aid workers, and vivandières. Their stories are told through letters, diaries, pension files, newspaper and government reports, and other documentation. Each story is illustrated with an original wartime photograph of the subject

The Doctors Blackwell

The vivid biography of two pioneering sisters who, together, became America's first female doctors and transformed New York's medical establishment by creating a hospital by and for women.

Invisible Veterans

Spotlights the challenges faced by our increasing cadre of military women when their service ends and they become veterans.

Rachel Carson and Her Sisters

In Rachel Carson and Her Sisters, Robert K. Musil redefines the achievements and legacy of environmental pioneer and scientist Rachel Carson, linking her work to a wide network of American women activists and writers and introducing her to a new, contemporary audience.

Women Confronting Natural Disaster

Natural disasters push ordinary gender disparities to the extreme--leaving women not only to deal with a catastrophe's aftermath, but also at risk for greater levels of domestic violence, displacement, and other threats to their security and well-being. Elaine Enarson presents a comprehensive assessment, encompassing both theory and practice, of how gender shapes disaster vulnerability and resilience.

The Philosopher Queens

The Philosopher Queens is a long-awaited book about the lives and works of women in philosophy by women in philosophy. This collection brings to centre stage twenty prominent women whose ideas have had a profound - but for the most part uncredited - impact on the world.

Ain't I a Woman!

Spanning the centuries from Sappho's Greece to modern South Africa, the voices of these women poets express themes of love, motherhood, injustice, loss, and racial and sexual oppression.

A Woman's Worth

Drawing deeply and candidly on her own experiences, the author illuminates her thought-provoking positions on such issues as beauty and age, relationships and sex, children and careers, and the reassurance and reassertion of the feminine in a patriarchal society.

The Female Hero in Folklore and Legend

Myth-shattering insights into controversies old and new.

Healing Narratives of Women

Working within the social constructionist approach, this book examines the psychological healing narratives of eight women who had encountered intense tragedies in their personal lives and slowly but surely emerged out of their painful experiences. Broad generalizations about the healing process are discussed, by locating the nonconscious as its epicentre. The concept of the nonconscious includes repressed memories, the mind's efficient information processing system, sources of creativity, wisdom, spirituality, and more.

Chosen Vessels

Women of color have historically been on the bottom of the economic and social ladder. But the paradox of the kingdom of God is that being on the bottom is a plus. God often chooses the rejected and despised to confound the wise and mighty (1 Corinthians 1:27-29). By examining our spiritual history and God-ordained destiny, Rebecca Florence Osaigbovo helps us turn the tide of evil in our own lives and the lives of our families, cities and nations. We are chosen vessels. Here is the help we need to find--and live--our significance in the eyes of God.

Outstanding in Their Field

This book blazes a trail. Rather than focusing on lack of opportunity or loudly calling for the appointment of more women to boards, it simply shows women what they can do to get on boards. In its pages, businesswomen will gain refreshing insights into the many opportunities that exist for them to rise to leadership.

North Carolina Women

This collection of essays examines the lives and times of pathbreaking North Carolina women from the late eighteenth century into the early twentieth century, offering important new insights into the variety of North Carolina women's experiences across time, place, race, and class, and conveys how women were able to expand their considerable influence during periods of political challenge and economic hardship. These essays highlight North Carolina's progressive streak and its positive impact on women's education--for white and black alike-- beginning in the antebellum period on through new opportunities that opened up in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

American Women Inventors

Profiles geologist Florence Bascom, geneticist Barbara McClintock, computer pioneer Admiral Grace Hopper, environmentalist Rachel Carson, Nobel prize-winning physicist Rosalind Yalow, and other twentieth-century American scientists.

Enslaved Women in America

In this book, historian Emily West offers the first comprehensive overview of the lives of enslaved women in America by placing their stories within the broader context of slavery in this country from the colonial era through to the end of the Civil War. 

The moment of lift : how empowering women changes the world

Melinda’s unforgettable narrative is backed by startling data as she presents the issues that most need our attention - from child marriage to lack of access to contraceptives to gender inequity in the workplace. And, for the first time, she writes about her personal life and the road to equality in her own marriage. Throughout, she shows how there has never been more opportunity to change the world - and ourselves.

Maya Angelou

Critical essays examine the life of African-American author Maya Angelou, and explore her use of autobiographical fiction.

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