Women’s Equality Day

By Coll Rowe | August 25 2022 | Gender and Sexuality Studies

Women’s Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. On this day, we are celebrating the achievements of women’s rights activists and remembering the unique daily struggles that women face with books on women’s rights. Find the book list here:

Hood Feminism
Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot
A New York Times BestsellerA Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2020A potent and electrifying critique of today's feminist movement announcing a fresh new voice in black feminism"My wish is that every white woman who calls herself a feminist (as I do) will read this book in a state of hushed and humble respect." --Elizabeth Gilbert
$16.00 US
Feb 23, 2021
288 Pages
Penguin Books

The Ladies of Seneca Falls
The Birth of the Woman's Rights Movement
On July 13, 1848, five women conversed over tea in a small upstate New York town. The next day, the local newspaper carried their announcement inviting women to attend "A Convention to discuss the social, civil and religious condition and rights of women." Thus, the American woman's rights movement became reality.
$12.76 US
Dec 27, 1987
352 Pages

The Feminist Promise
1792 to the Present
In this definitive volume, respected historian Christine Stansell tells the story of one of the great democratic movements of our times. She paints richly detailed portraits of well-known leaders—Mary Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Betty Friedan—but others, too, appear in a new light, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Toni Morrison. Accounting for the failures of feminism as well as the successes, Stansell notes the emergence in the early 1900s of the dashing “New Woman”; the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women the right to vote; the post–World War II collapse of suburban neo-Victorianism; the radical feminism of the 1960s; and the fight for women’s rights in developing countries in the era of international feminist movements. A soaring work, The Feminist Promise is bound to become an authoritative source on this essential subject for decades to come.
$19.00 US
May 10, 2011
528 Pages
Modern Library

With Her Fist Raised
Dorothy Pitman Hughes and the Transformative Power of Black Community Activism
The first biography of Dorothy Pitman Hughes, co-founder of Ms. Magazine and trailblazing Black feminist activist whose work made children, race, and welfare rights central to the women's movement.
$16.00 US
Jan 18, 2022
176 Pages
Beacon Press

The Woman's Hour
The Great Fight to Win the Vote
"Both a page-turning drama and an inspiration for every reader" -- Hillary Rodham ClintonThe 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.
$20.00 US
Mar 05, 2019
464 Pages
Penguin Books

The Essential Feminist Reader
Including: Susan B. Anthony Simone de Beauvoir W.E.B. Du Bois Hélène Cixous Betty Friedan Charlotte Perkins Gilman Emma Goldman Guerrilla Girls Ding Ling • Audre Lorde John Stuart Mill Christine de Pizan Adrienne Rich Margaret Sanger Huda Shaarawi • Sojourner Truth Mary Wollstonecraft Virginia Woolf
$20.00 US
Sep 18, 2007
496 Pages
Modern Library

Women and Leadership
Real Lives, Real Lessons
A powerful call to action for achieving equality in leadership.
$21.95 US
Feb 15, 2022
336 Pages
The MIT Press

Suffragette Manifestos
A collection of writings, speeches, and pamphlets documenting Britain's fight for women's right to vote
$13.00 US
Jun 08, 2021
144 Pages
Penguin Books

Women's Work
A Personal Reckoning with Labor, Motherhood, and Privilege
$16.95 US
Mar 03, 2020
352 Pages

Until I Am Free
Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message to America
Explores the Black activist’s ideas and political strategies, highlighting their relevance for tackling modern social issues including voter suppression, police violence, and economic inequality.
$24.95 US
Oct 05, 2021
200 Pages
Beacon Press

The Women's Suffrage Movement
An intersectional anthology of works by the known and unknown women that shaped and established the suffrage movement, in time for the 2020 centennial of women's right to vote, with a foreword by Gloria Steinem
$18.00 US
Mar 05, 2019
560 Pages
Penguin Classics

Women's Liberation!
Feminist Writings that Inspired a Revolution & Still Can
Two pioneering feminists present a groundbreaking collection recovering a generation's revolutionary insights, bold ideas that in some ways went underground, but are ready to inspire a new generation
$39.95 US
Feb 16, 2021
592 Pages
Library of America

Our Women on the Ground
Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World
19 Arab women journalists speak out about what it's like to report on their changing homelands in this first-of-its-kind essay collection, with a foreword by CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour
$17.00 US
Aug 06, 2019
304 Pages
Penguin Books

The Women's Atlas
The most up-to-date global perspective on how women are living today across continents and cultures.
$25.00 US
Oct 30, 2018
208 Pages
Penguin Books

Feminism for the 99%
A Manifesto
From three of the organisers of the International Women's Strike US: a manifesto for when 'leaning in' is not enough.
$12.95 US
Mar 05, 2019
96 Pages