Meagan/ March 14, 2018/ Walker's Bookshelf

10 Books to Read for Women’s History Month

Celebrate Women’s History Month with these stories about women who challenged stereotypes and improved the world around them. 

  • More than Petticoats: Remarkable Maine Women by Kate Kennedy
    More than Petticoats: Remarkable Maine Women tells the stories of thirteen strong and determined women who broke through social, cultural, or political barriers. Through their passions for art, exploration, literature, politics, music, and nature, these women made contributions to society that still resonate today. (Amazon)
  • Fanny Fern, an Independent Woman by Joyce W. Warren
    In this first modern biography, Warren revives the reputation of a once-popular 19th-century newspaper columnist and novelist. Fern, the pseudonym for Sara Payson Willis Parton, was born in 1811 and grew up in a society with strictly defined gender roles. From her rebellious childhood to her adult years as a newspaper columnist, Fern challenged society’s definition of women’s place with her life and her words. Fern wrote a weekly newspaper column for 21 years and, using colorful language and satirical style, advocated women’s rights and called for social reform. Warren blends Fern’s life story with an analysis of the social and literary world of 19th-century America. (Amazon)
  • The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship : Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice By Patricia Bell-Scott
    In 1938, the twenty-eight-year-old Pauli Murray wrote a letter to the President and First Lady, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, protesting racial segregation in the South. Eleanor wrote back. So began a friendship that would last for a quarter of a century, as Pauli became a lawyer, principal strategist in the fight to protect Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and a co-founder of the National Organization of Women, and Eleanor became a diplomat and first chair of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. (Penguin Random House)
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