Reading List: Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month. To celebrate, we’re sharing just a few of our favorite books by and about women. 

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Separation Scenes: Domestic Drama in Early Modern England by Ann C. Christensen
Separation Scenes argues that domestic plays make the absence of husbands for business the subject of tragedy by focusing not on where men traveled but on whom and what they left behind.
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The Forbidden Woman by Malika Mokeddem
Translated by K. Melissa Marcus
In this passionate book, Malika Mokeddem places special emphasis on the position of women in modern Algeria.
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The Case of Rose Bird: Gender, Politics, and the California Courts by Kathleen A. Cairns
The Case of Rose Bird provides a fascinating look at this important and complex woman and the political and cultural climate of California in the 1970s and 1980s
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Southern Ute Women: Autonomy and Assimilation on the Reservation, 1887-1934 by Katherine M. B. Osburn
“Osburn’s book has been and remains an important contribution to the growing literature on women’s responses to colonialism, and this book will be of interest to readers interested in Native American history and women’s history.”—Bridget Cowlishaw, Southwest Journal of Cultures
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Romance with Voluptuousness: Caribbean Women and Thick Bodies in the United States by Kamille Gentles-Peart
Using personal accounts, Romance with Voluptuousness examines the ways in which black women with heritage in the English-speaking Caribbean participate in, perpetuate, and struggle with the voluptuous beauty standard of the black Caribbean while living in the hegemony of thinness cultivated in the United States.
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Words Like Daggers: Violent Female Speech in Early Modern England
by Kirilka Stavreva (now available in paperback)
“Stavreva’s book furthers the work of many feminist scholars, contributes to women’s history, and advances our understanding of the early modern culture in its textual, sonic, and even physical manifestations.”—Anna Riehl Bertolet, author of The Face of Queenship: Early Modern Representations of Queen Elizabeth I
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The Life of Glückel of Hameln: A Memoir
Translated and edited by Beth-Zion Abrahams
A fascinating memoir of one of Judaism’s earliest female writers, translated from the original Yiddish.
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Sarah Winnemucca by Sally Zanjani
“[Zanjani] paves the way for a new interpretation of Sarah Winnemucca—one informed by the ways she is understood by Paiute people themselves.”—Women’s Review of Books
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After the Ceremonies: New and Selected Poems by Ama Ata Aidoo
Spanning three decades of work, the poems in this collection address themes of colonialism, independence, motherhood, and gender in intimate, personal ways alongside commentary on broader social issues.
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It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan (Potomac Books, July 2017)
Edited by Jerri Bell and Tracy Crow
“Jerri Bell and Tracy Crow have done a great literary service with this book—for too long, the courage and gallantry of American women on the battlefield has gone unnoticed. This is vital, superb reading.”—Matt Gallagher, author of Youngblood