Shelf Recommendations: Women's History Month

It's already March!  In honor of Women's History Month, we want to recommend some fantastic stories that highlight strong female voices. "Women hold up half the sky," and we believe that to be true. Make sure to think about all of the courageous and groundbreaking women who paved the way for us! 

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell, Illustrations:  Shadra Strickland

This gorgeous book by acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell captures the story of Richard and Mildred Loving. Mildred and Richard fell in love as teenagers, but their relationship fought to survive amidst segregation and prejudice in Caroline County, Virginia in 1955. This story follows their experience fighting for love and recognition at the center of the Supreme Court case that finally legalized marriage between races. Their love fought the cruel and prejudice system and won proving that love persists and prevails. 

The Favored Daughter: One Woman's Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future by  Fawzia Koofi with Nadene Ghouri

Fawzia Koofi was left by her mother after birth to die. She was the nineteenth daughter of a local village leader in rural Afghanistan. Against all odds, she survived. She rose above the oppressive Russian and Taliban regimes and the abuse of her family. She persisted and became the first Afghani woman Parliament speaker. In a collection of letters, she wrote to her two daughters before she went on trips for her career, she describes the reasons for why she is fighting. The freedom and the future she wants for them and the women of Afghanistan. 

Trials of the Earth: The True Story of a Pioneer Woman by Mary Mann Hamilton

Mary Mann Hamilton (1866 - c.1936), was a fearless pioneer woman. In this first-person account, Hamilton recounts her experiences of taming the American South. She persisted and fought against the formidable forces of nature. She is fearless and fiercely dedicated to her work and husband Frank. Sure to delight lovers of both nonfiction and fiction with her beautiful prose and tumultuous life. 

Dust Bowl Girls: The Inspiring Story of the Team That Barnstormed Its Way to Basketball Glory by Lydia Reeder

During the height of the Great Depression, Sam Babb, the coach of the collegiate basketball team, The Cardinals, was in search of strong young women to recruit for the team. The Cardinals soon became a  formidable team and the women grew an unimaginable bond. They began to win every game and soon found themselves in a competition with the national champions. A story of sacrifice, loyalty, and perseverance; this historical account will not disappoint.  

Libertarians on the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, and the Making of the Little House Books by Christine Woodside

Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books have been influential for children and adults alike teaching them of the prairie life and experience. However, little associate the stories told within the series with the woman who wrote them. In this book, Woodside collects the story behind the books. She employs fantastic literary detective work and creates a book that explores the life of Ingalls and her daughter, Rose. A definite for any book lover! 

Here We Are Feminism for the Real World With Nova Ren Suma, Malinda Lo, Brandy Colbert, Courtney Summers, and many more 

The perfect collection for young women! This scrapbook-style collection is a great guide for teenage girls. There are essays, illustrations, poems, lists, and much more. This collection contains discussions on feminism, social media, and society. The perfect way to introduce feminism to the young women in your life! 

The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

This memoir is a collection of stories from Maxine Hong Kingston's childhood in California. Kingston weaves together autobiography and Chinese folklore in a seamless way to create a moving story that brings elements of culture and personal narrative that is sure to leave a lasting impression. 

Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

An important and eye-opening look into the Washingtons. This historical account follows the story of Ona Judge, one of George Washington's slaves,  who fled the nation's capital to reach her freedom. George Washington, living in the temporary capital, Pennsylvania, could not comply with the law requiring slave owners to set their slaves free. Ona Judge, after she experienced the free North, knew she needed to escape to New England. Dunbar creates a powerful tale of how one woman risked everything for freedom. 

Our Auntie Rosa: Remembering the Life and Lessons of the Real Rosa Parks bySheila McCauley Keys & Eddie B. Allen Jr.

Rosa Parks was a warrior in the fight for freedom and equality. In this book, Rosa Park's family collects personal remembrances from her life. There are reflections, photos, and letters that pay tribute to everything that Rosa Park's did in her battle for social justice. This is a fantastic read for anyone who wants to gain more insight into one of our country's most famous historical figures.

The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by  Dava Sobel

In the mid-nineteenth century, the Harvard Observatory began to hire women. Sobel creates an inspirational collection of letters, memoirs, and diaries to uncover the women who pushed society's expectations of women. Their hidden stories are now uncovered through Sobel's work and tell the accounts of these scientific pioneers that reached for the stars and discerned what they were made of. 

Nevertheless, they persisted. 

Happy Reading!