Reading List: Women’s History Month

UNP is a proud publisher of women writers and women’s history. Celebrate Women’s History Month with these reading suggestions.



Westerns: A Women’s History

Victoria Lamont

This thoroughly-researched and engaging history disproves the assumption that the Western genre has always been dominated by men.



Illicit Love: Interracial Sex & Marriage in the United States and Australia

Ann McGrath

Award-winning historian Ann McGrath illuminates interracial relationships from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century through stories of romance, courtship, and marriage between Indigenous peoples and colonizers in times of nation formation.



Capitalist Family Values: Gender, Work, and Corporate Culture at Boeing

Polly Reed Myers

This case study places the stories of Boeing’s women at the center of the company’s history, illuminating the policy shifts and economic changes, global events and modern controversies that have defined policy and workplace culture at Boeing.



Romance with Voluptuousness: Caribbean Women and Thick Bodies in the United States

Kamille Gentiles-Peart

Offering a unique vantage point from which to view black women’s body image and Caribbean migration, Romance with Voluptuousness illuminates how first- and second-generation immigrant black Caribbean women engage with a thick body aesthetic while living in the United States.



Ellen Browning Scripps: New Money & American Philanthropy

Molly McClain

Molly McClain brings to life the remarkable story of Ellen Browning Scripps (1836–1932), an American newspaperwoman, feminist, suffragist, abolitionist, and social reformer who used her fortune to support women’s education, the labor movement, and public access to science, the arts, and education.




From Angel to Office Worker: Middle-Class Identity and Female Consciousness in Mexico, 1890-1950 (June 2018)

Susie S. Porter

This forthcoming title examines the material conditions of women’s work and analyzes how women themselves reconfigured public debates over their employment. At the heart of the women’s movement was a labor movement led by secretaries and office workers whose demands included respect for seniority, equal pay for equal work, and resources to support working mothers, both married and unmarried.



Intersectionality: Origins, Contestations, Horizons

Anna Carastathis

Intersectionality intervenes in the field of intersectionality studies: the integrative examination of the effects of racial, gendered, and class power on people’s lives. Intersectionality’s roots in social justice movements and critical intellectual projects—specifically Black feminism—must be retraced and synthesized with a decolonial analysis so its radical potential to actualize coalitions can be enacted.




The Politics of Female Alliance in Early Modern England

Edited and with an introduction by Christina Luckyj and Niamh J. O’Leary

Grouped into three sections—domestic, court, and kinship alliances—these essays investigate historical documents, drama, and poetry, insisting that female alliances, much like male friendship discourse, had political meaning in early modern England. Some contributors are skeptical about allied women’s political power, while others suggest that such female communities had considerable potential to contain, maintain, or subvert political hierarchies.



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