Women Overcoming

By Skokie Staff Adult Services

Women's History Month celebrates the achievements and contributions of women in history.

  • History Vs Women: The Defiant Lives That They Don't Want You to Know

    2018 by Sarkeesian, Anita & Ebony Adams

    This book features 25 incredible women from the 3rd century to the 21st, from all classes, countries, races, queer, trans, and disabled. You'll learn about many of them for the first time. Why have their contributions been lost? The authors know it is easier to learn about white, Western people. Their intent is to reframe the history you thought you knew. Recommended by Lukie.

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  • Women: Our Story


    This illustrated volume reexamines history from a female perspective, from early matriarchal societies through the #MeToo movement and International Women's Day. Both famous and lesser-known women's roles in culture and society are celebrated. Recommended by Becca.

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  • Forgotten Women: The Leaders

    2018 by Tsjeng, Zing

    Unforgettable portraits of true pioneers and leaders who made huge, yet unacknowledged, contributions to history, including Grace O'Malley, the 16th-century Irish pirate queen; Sylvia Rivera, who spearheaded the modern transgender rights movement; and Agent 355, the unknown rebel spy who played a pivotal role in the American Revolution. Recommended by Becca.

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  • Tough Mothers: Amazing Stories of History's Mightiest Matriarchs

    2018 by Porath, Jason

    In concise, deeply researched vignettes, accompanied by charming illustrations, the author illuminates the achievements of 50 fascinating matriarchs who fought to protect their children, an invention, a social cause, or even a nation that they helped to birth, and, in so doing, changed the course of history. Recommended by Mary.

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  • The Women's History of the Modern World: How Radicals, Rebels, and Everywomen Revolutionized the Last 200 Years

    2021 by Miles, Rosalind

    This bestselling author presents a wickedly witty and current history of the extraordinary female rebels, reactionaries, and trailblazers who left their mark on history, from the French Revolution to today. Women in the arts, sports, business, religion, politics—this is a one-stop roundup of the tremendous progress women have made in the modern era. Recommended by Lukie.

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  • Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships That Changed History

    2018 by Maggs, Sam

    With short chapters and a humorous and casual writing style, you will be introduced to athletes, political and social activists, artists, warriors, and scientists who changed the world with a little help from their friends. Recommended by Becca.

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  • A Black Women's History of the United States

    2020 by Berry, Daina Ramey

    A vibrant and empowering history that emphasizes the perspectives and stories of Black women to show how they are—and have always been—instrumental in shaping our country. Two award-winning historians seek to empower Black women and to show their allies that these women's unique ability to make their own communities, while combatting centuries of oppression, is an essential component in our continued resistance to systemic racism and sexism. Recommended by Mary.

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  • Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World

    2018 by Lee, Mackenzi

    With tales of heroism and cunning, in-depth bios and witty storytelling, Bygone Badass Broads gives new life to 52 bold and inspiring women who dared to step outside the traditional gender roles of their time. Recommended by Mary.

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  • All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation

    2016 by Traister, Rebecca

    Over the course of her research, the author discovered that, historically, when women have had options beyond early marriage, their resulting independence has provoked massive social change. Unmarried women were crucial to the abolition, suffrage, temperance, and labor movements; they created settlement houses and secondary education for women. Traister goes on to explore how a larger population of single women today is affecting America. Recommended by Becca.

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  • Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote

    2019 by Ware, Susan

    How American women won the right to vote has for too long been presented as the work of a few white, native-born leaders. The author shines a light on the racism and eurocentrism of this narrative and gives us the stories of 19 women of different races, religions, and socioeconomic status who fought for equality all across the country. Recommended by Mary.

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  • Rad American Women A-Z

    2015 by Schatz, Kate

    Profiled are 26 American women from the 18th through 21st centuries, who have made—or are still making—history as artists, writers, teachers, lawyers, or athletes. The women come from a variety of economic and ethnic backgrounds, and many had to overcome extreme hardships. Recommended by Lukie.

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  • Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women's Fight for Their Rights

    2019 by Kendall, Mikki

    Kendall covers key figures and events that have improved women's lives from ancient times to the present. Included are the stories of notable individuals and groups who have led progressive movements in suffrage, abolition, labor, civil rights, LGBTQ liberation, and reproductive rights. Recommended by Lukie.

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  • She's Beautiful When She's Angry


    This is one of my favorite documentaries of recent years. Compelling and raw, it is an honest look at the Women's Lib movement of the 1960s. It made me proud to be female and also worried since we have so much struggle left ahead. Recommended by Cecilia.

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  • Modern Women: Women Artists at the Museum of Modern Art


    Five years of research brought forth a richly illustrated book with 48 scholarly essays about women artists within the Museum of Modern Art's collections. The museum frankly discusses its history, when feminists demonstrated against it because of its lack of equitable representation. This is an important study of how an institution openly addresses gender issues and how instrumental women have been in advancing the arts. Recommended by Lukie.

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  • Modern Women: 52 Pioneers

    2017 by Cochrane, Kira

    From suffragettes to scientists, activists to artists, politicians to pilots, and writers to riot grrrls, these women all paved the way for gender equality in their own indomitable ways. Find out about writer and teacher Maya Angelou, computer scientist Ada Lovelace, abolitionist Harriet Tubman, film star Katharine Hepburn, pioneering musician Björk, and more. Recommended by Lukie.

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  • Women Art Revolution


    An entertaining and revelatory "secret history" of feminist art, Women Art Revolution deftly illuminates this under-explored movement through conversations, observations, archival footage, and works of visionary artists, historians, curators, and critics. Starting in the 1960s antiwar and civil rights protests, through the 1970s, the film details how the tenacity and courage of these pioneering artists resulted in what is now widely regarded as the most significant art movement of the late 20th century. Recommended by Lukie.

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