March is Women’s History Month, a time to highlight and celebrate the contributions of women both historically and today. Here is a list of staff-recommended books about female empowerment that will inspire and enlighten. Click a title to place a hold or to find electronic copies to download.
A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay. In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of color (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture. Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better
A world-renowned activist and poet, sharing stories from her travels around the world, invites us to reconnect with the radical origins of our minds and bodies and celebrate our collective, enduring strength.
A New York Times essayist shares her journey from a self-destructive college student to a devoted family woman and teacher while illuminating the importance of trusting in a higher power and being truthful about life's challenges
The Omega Institute co-founder and best-selling author of Broken Open explores how humanity has outgrown the male-dominated mythologies of childhood fairytales, in a guide that encourages women to trust their instincts and find new guiding stories.
A fiftieth anniversary edition of the trailblazing women's reference shares anecdotes and interviews that were originally collected in the early 1960s to inspire women to develop their intellectual capabilities and reclaim lives beyond period conventions.
Presents a collection of essays, drawn from three decades of writing, that traces the progress and setbacks of women and girls as reflected in areas ranging from princess culture and miscarriage to breast cancer and motherhood
A leading young black feminist illuminates how organized anger, friendship and faith can be powerful sources of positive feminist change, explaining how targeted rage has shaped the careers of such African-American notables as Serena Williams, Beyoncé and Michelle Obama.
An updated history of the experts, largely men, who have given professional advice to women makes the point that this advice has been unscientific, arrogant, biased, and generally self-serving and exposes the myths told to women in the name of science.
The award-winning Grazia UK fashion director presents an evocative anthology of essays celebrating the timeless, thriving potential of being a Black woman, mother and global citizen in today’s dynamic world.
An award-winning writer and frequent guest speaker presents a compelling critique of today’s black feminist movement that argues that modern activism needs to refocus on health care, education and safety for all women instead of a privileged few.
A feminist activist teaches women and girls how to harness their own power in the wake of the #MetToo movement by committing the “seven necessary sins:” to be angry, ambitious, profane, violent, attention-seeking, lustful, and powerful.
A history of American white male identity by the best-selling author of So You Want to Talk About Race imagines a merit-based, non-discriminating model while exposing the actual costs of successes defined by racial and sexual dominance.
A cultural history of Wonder Woman traces the character's creation and enduring popularity, drawing on interviews and archival research to reveal the pivotal role of feminism in shaping her seven-decade story. By the Pulitzer Prize-finalist author of New York Burning.
A feminist activist and co-founder of "Ms." magazine presents a memoir comprised of reflections on definitive events in her career, from her interactions with political leaders to her encounters with "civilian" feminists
The founder of Feministing.com and a columnist for "The Guardian US"—exploring drugs, sex, harassment, assault, bad boyfriends, abortions, work, family and other topics—shares funny, embarrassing, painful and sometimes illegal moments from her own life that illuminate what it's like to be a woman today.
"At once a searing indictment of a racist, patriarchal society and a manual for claiming an intersectional identity, Sister Outsider is a comprehensive collection of the lauded poet and writer Audre Lorde's most famous and influential works of nonfiction prose.
An influential literary critic presents a highly anticipated collection of linked essays interweaving incisive commentaries on subjects ranging from pop culture and feminism to black history, misogyny and racism to confront the challenges of being a black woman in today's world. Original.
An essayist and contributing writer at "Jezebel" explores the parallels between the Victorian era’s fixation on “hysterical” women and our modern attitudes towards the same, revealing how culture acts as a corset that restricts modern women.
A collection of evocative, relatable poems by the author of the princess saves herself in this one draws inspiration from the power, independence and resilience of the feminist witch archetype to encourage and embolden women to take control of their own stories.
The best-selling author of Shrill presents a laugh-out-loud, incisive cultural critique of the #MeToo movement and how the deceptions at the heart of the white male mythos have led to today’s open practices of misogyny and prejudice.
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations - and whose story inspires us to do the same.