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  • Writer's pictureNora Curry

Women's History Month

This March marks forty years since the first official celebration of Women's History Week in 1981. While it is, and should be, impossible to ignore the voices, achievements, and experiences of women at all times of year, we continue to take this month to celebrate and honor their history. At the library, we're highlighting books and films that articulate these experiences (though one reading list can hardly touch the tip of the iceberg). Explore this list for histories, social commentaries, memoirs and biographies, poetry, plays, and novels both new and classic that celebrate, empower, and convey the joys and hardships of being a woman. There are so many unique perspectives on the struggles and triumphs of women. I'm currently relishing Writing Wild: women poets, ramblers, and mavericks who shape how we see the natural world, Kathryn Aalto's collection of biographical sketches about woman who have had strong relationships with nature and thus affected our relationship with and understandings of it.

Click on the links to request items through our catalog, and please share with us any books or other art forms you've discovered that feel particularly relevant this month.


Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

The Power, Naomi Alderman

Conjure Women, Afia Atakora

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

The Girls in the Picture, Melanie Benjamin

The Girls, Emma Cline

Song of a Captive Bird, Jazmin Darznik

The Gilded Hour, Sarah Donati

Girl, Woman, Other, Bernadine Evaristo

A Thousand Ships, Natalie Haynes

Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly

Circe, Madeline Miller

The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

The Farm, Joanne Ramos

Women Talking, Miriam Toews

The Color Purple, Alice Walker

The Female Persuasion, Meg Wolitzer

Red Clocks, Leni Zumas

Poetry and Plays

Ariel: poems, Sylvia Plath

Memoir and Biography

Letter to My Daughter, Maya Angelou

Living History, Hilary Rodham Clinton

True North: a memoir, Jill Ker Conway

Bossypants, Tina Fey

Janis: her life and music, Holly George-Warren

My Own Words, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

My Life, My Love, My Legacy, Coretta Scott King

In the Dream House: a memoir, Carmen Maria Machado

Eleanor, David Michaelis

Know My Name, Chanel Miller

Becoming, Michele Obama

My Beloved World, Sonia Sotomayor

My Life on the Road, Gloria Steinem

Sex Object: a memoir, Jessica Valenti

Other Nonfiction

Together We Rise: behind the scenes at the protest heard round the world, the Women’s March organizers and Condé Nast

Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit

A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf

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