Women’s History Month Reads

Every March we celebrate the history of women in the United States and the obstacles they have overcome throughout all aspects of life. Check out some of these female-centric books, written by or about inspiring women:

The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers by Elizabeth Cobbs – In 1918 the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France to help win World War I where they faced numerous challenges in a war zone where male soldiers resented, wooed, mocked, saluted, and ultimately celebrated them. Back on the home front, they fought the army for veterans’ benefits and medals, and won.

Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech by Heather Cabot & Samantha Walravens – Profiles the female entrepreneurs staking out a place for themselves in the tech industry, sharing the examples of such innovators as Debbie Sterling, Michelle Phan, and other role models behind the success of women-led tech start-ups.

#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso – The founder of the Nasty Gal fashion e-tailer shares an irreverent manifesto for ambitious young women that explains how to channel personal passion and energy while overcoming insecurities, outlining straightforward advice on doing meaningful work and garnering recognition.

The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It by Joanna Scutts – Presents a cultural history of independent single women from the 1920s to 1950s through the reclaimed life of glamorous guru Marjorie Hillis.

Jane Austen, the Secret Radical by Helena Kelly – An authority on Jane Austen invites readers to look deeper into the author’s work and see her true, subversive nature which brought to life radical subjects including slavery, poverty, feminism, the Church and evolution between the pages of her demure drawing rooms.

Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists by Donna Seaman – Looks at the life and work of seven underappreciated twentieth century women artists, including Gertrude Abercrombie, Joan Brown, Ree Morton, Loèis Mailou Jones, Lenore Tawney, Christina Ramberg, and Louise Nevelson.

The Awakened Woman: Remembering & Reigniting our Sacred Dreams by Tererai Trent – An educator, humanitarian and motivational speaker uses the idea of the sacred dream as the basis for nine essential lessons to encourage women to tap into their hidden power and use their wisdom, skills and visions to inspire, create and transform the world.

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