Books for Women’s History Month

By Coll Rowe | January 30 2024 | Gender and Sexuality StudiesHistory

In honor of Women’s History Month in March, we are sharing books by women who have shaped history and have fought for their communities. Our list includes books about women who fought for racial justice, abortion rights, disability justice, equality in the workplace, and more, with insight on their remarkable lives that inspired others to embrace equality.

Until I Am Free
Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message to America
978-0-8070-0725-9

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.

$16.95 US
Oct 04, 2022
Paperback
200 Pages
Beacon Press

Lady Justice
Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America
978-0-525-56140-8

The instant New York Times bestseller from one of the nation’s foremost legal commentators, which tells the gripping and heroic story of the women lawyers who fought the racism, sexism, and xenophobia of Donald Trump’s presidency—and won.

$19.00 US
Sep 19, 2023
Paperback
368 Pages
Penguin Books

Flora Macdonald: "Pretty Young Rebel"
Her Life and Story
978-0-451-49438-2

Here is a captivating biography of the remarkable young Scotswoman whose bold decision to help “Bonnie” Prince Charlie—the Stuart claimant to the British throne—evade capture and flee the country has become the stuff of legend.

$30.00 US
Jan 10, 2023
Hardcover
288 Pages
Knopf

Black Women Taught Us
An Intimate History of Black Feminism
978-0-593-24333-6

Fearless essays that reclaim the work and words of Black women activists, abolitionists, and movement makers who have long fought for liberation and justice—from a beloved Teen Vogue columnist and an essential new voice in Black feminism.

$30.00 US
Jan 23, 2024
Hardcover
368 Pages
Random House

With Her Fist Raised
Dorothy Pitman Hughes and the Transformative Power of Black Community Activism
978-0-8070-1479-0

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
Paperback
176 Pages
Beacon Press

The Black Angels
The Untold Story of the Nurses Who Helped Cure Tuberculosis
978-0-593-54492-1

New York City, 1929. A sanatorium, a deadly disease, and a dire nursing shortage. Spanning the Great Depression and moving through World War II and beyond, this remarkable true story follows the intrepid young women known by their patients as the “Black Angels.”

$30.00 US
Sep 19, 2023
Hardcover
448 Pages
G.P. Putnam's Sons

Civil Rights Queen
Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality
978-0-525-43610-2

Here is the first major biography of one of our most influential judges—an activist lawyer who became the first Black woman appointed to the federal judiciary—that provides an eye-opening account of the twin struggles for gender equality and civil rights in the 20th Century.

$19.00 US
Mar 07, 2023
Paperback
528 Pages
Vintage

American Woman
The Transformation of the Modern First Lady, from Hillary Clinton to Jill Biden
978-0-593-24056-4

The first definitive exploration of the role of the twenty-first century First Lady, painting a comprehensive portrait of Jill Biden and the evolution of the First Lady’s role from ceremonial figurehead to political operative—from a White House correspondent for The New York Times.

$30.00 US
Feb 27, 2024
Hardcover
304 Pages
Crown

Being Heumann
An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist
978-0-8070-0280-3

Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year for Nonfiction

One of the most influential disability rights activists in US history tells her personal story of fighting for the right to receive an education, have a job, and just be human.

$16.99 US
Feb 23, 2021
Paperback
232 Pages
Beacon Press

Mother Tongue
The Surprising History of Women's Words
978-0-593-29957-9

An enlightening linguistic journey through a thousand years of feminist language—and what we can learn from the vivid vocabulary that English once had for women’s bodies, experiences, and sexuality.

$29.00 US
Aug 29, 2023
Hardcover
304 Pages
Viking

50 Years of Ms.
The Best of the Pathfinding Magazine That Ignited a Revolution
978-0-593-32156-0

A celebration of Ms.—the most startling, most audacious, most norm-breaking of the magazine’s groundbreaking pieces on women, men, politics (sexual and otherwise), marriage, family, education, work, motherhood, reproductive rights, as well as the best of the magazine’s fiction, poetry, and letters.

$50.00 US
Sep 19, 2023
Hardcover
544 Pages
Knopf

A History of Women in 101 Objects
978-0-593-72875-8

This is a neglected history. Not a sweeping, definitive, exhaustive history of the world but something quieter, more intimate and particular: a single journey, picked out in 101 objects, through the fascinating, manifold, and too often overlooked histories of women.

$32.00 US
Mar 05, 2024
Hardcover
432 Pages
Crown

Women's Liberation!
Feminist Writings that Inspired a Revolution & Still Can
978-1-59853-678-2

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
Hardcover
592 Pages
Library of America

Young and Restless
The Girls Who Sparked America's Revolutions
978-0-593-29906-7

A “heartening inspiration”(The New York Times), Young and Restless is the untold story of the people who have helped spark America’s most transformative social movements throughout history: teenage girls.

$29.00 US
Jun 13, 2023
Hardcover
368 Pages
Viking

The Story of Jane
The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service
978-0-593-47108-1

The powerful story of the women who founded and ran the legendary Chicago reproductive rights organization Abortion Counseling Service, otherwise known as Jane, written by one of its members. A compelling testament to a woman’s most essential freedom—control over her own body—and to the power of women helping women.

$18.00 US
Oct 25, 2022
Paperback
352 Pages
Vintage

Twice as Hard
The Stories of Black Women Who Fought to Become Physicians, from the Civil War to the 21st Century
978-0-8070-2508-6

Black women physicians’ stories have gone untold for far too long, leaving gaping holes in American medical history, in women’s history, and in Black history. It’s time to set the record straight.

$24.95 US
Jan 24, 2023
Hardcover
240 Pages
Beacon Press

The Portable Anna Julia Cooper
978-0-14-313506-7

A collection of essential writings from the iconic foremother of Black women’s intellectual history, feminism, and activism, who helped pave the way for modern social justice movements like Black Lives Matter and Say Her Name.

$20.00 US
Aug 09, 2022
Paperback
592 Pages
Penguin Classics

The Ruin of All Witches
Life and Death in the New World
978-0-593-31657-3

A gripping story of a family tragedy brought about by witch-hunting in Puritan New England that combines history, anthropology, sociology, politics, theology and psychology.

$30.00 US
Nov 01, 2022
Hardcover
336 Pages
Knopf

The Years
978-1-60980-787-0

Available in English for the first time, the latest astonishing, bestselling, and award-winning book by Annie Ernaux.

$19.95 US
Nov 21, 2017
Paperback
240 Pages
Seven Stories Press

New Women in the Old West
From Settlers to Suffragists, an Untold American Story
978-0-7352-2327-1

A riveting and previously untold history of the American West, as seen by the pioneering women who advocated for their rights amidst challenges of migration and settlement, and transformed the country in the process.

$18.00 US
Jul 19, 2022
Paperback
304 Pages
Penguin Books

The Great Stewardess Rebellion
How Women Launched a Workplace Revolution at 30,000 Feet
978-0-593-08229-4

Nell McShane Wulfhart crafts a rousing narrative of female empowerment, the paradigm-shifting ’60s and ’70s, the labor movement, and the cadre of gutsy women who fought for their rights—and won.

$17.00 US
Feb 28, 2023
Paperback
320 Pages
Anchor

A Black Women's History of the United States
978-0-8070-0199-8

A vibrant and empowering history that emphasizes the perspectives and stories of African American women to show how they are—and have always been—instrumental in shaping our country.

$17.00 US
Mar 16, 2021
Paperback
296 Pages
Beacon Press


The Swans of Harlem
Five Black Ballerinas, Fifty Years of Sisterhood, and Their Reclamation of a Groundbreaking History
978-0-593-31752-5

The forgotten story of a pioneering group of five Black ballerinas and their fifty-year sisterhood, a legacy erased from history—until now.

$29.00 US
Apr 30, 2024
Hardcover
304 Pages
Pantheon