Women Overcoming

By Skokie Staff Advisory Services

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

  • Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History

    2018 by Imani, Blair

    I loved this passionate history and extremely important introduction to social justice work focused on groups that have been marginalized based on racial, sexual, religious, and ableist discrimination and oppression. The artwork is gorgeous, the text is accessible, and the book shows that truly anyone can change the world. Recommended by Rummanah.

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  • The Undocumented Americans

    2020 by Cornejo Villavicencio, Karla

    Deeply personal, righteously angry, and fiercely proud, Cornejo Villavicencio's book was a much needed tonic for me when anti-immigrant rhetoric was at a perennial fever pitch in 2020. This book reads like truth, full of the author's own experiences as a DACA recipient, bristling with youthful energy, candor, and humanity. Recommended by Chris.

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  • Manifesto: On Never Giving Up

    2022 by Evaristo, Bernardine

    This new memoir by Bernadine Evaristo, Booker-Prize winning author (Girl, Woman, Other), is her first work of nonfiction, a memoir about her biracial heritage that's also a powerful meditation on resilience, the power of creativity, commitment to civic duty, and believing in yourself. Recommended by Chris.

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  • Let's Get Physical: How Women Discovered Exercise and Reshaped the World

    2022 by Friedman, Danielle

    There was a time when women exercising or taking part in any kind of strenuous physical activity was taboo. This dynamic, fascinating history explores various fitness trends over the past 100 years and the women who not only led them, but the various obstacles they faced in achieving their right to pursue self-care. Recommended by Chris.

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  • Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America

    2022 by Sen, Mayukh

    This wonderful book looks at the culinary legacy of seven immigrant women who transformed American food by bringing their homelands' cuisine to the dinner table. The book is a remarkable work of history that seeks to lift these women's voices, history, and their deliciously radical impact on the way we eat and cook food. Recommended by Chris.

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

    2018 by Sarkeesian, Anita

    This book features 25 incredible women from the 3rd to the 21st centuries, from all classes, countries, races, queer, trans, and disabled. You'll be hearing about many of them for the first time, but they made impacts on their societies. Why have their historical contributions been lost? The authors know that 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 the 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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  • The Women's History of the Modern World: How Radicals, Rebels, and Everywomen Revolutionized the Last 200 Years

    2021 by Miles, Rosalind

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

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  • Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships That Changed History

    2018 by Maggs, Sam

    Through 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 both to empower African American 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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  • Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote

    2019 by Ware, Susan

    The history of how American women won the right to vote has been, for too long, presented as the work of a few iconic leaders, all white and native-born. Ware shines a light on the racism and eurocentrism of this narrative and instead 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: 52 Pioneers

    2017 by Cochrane, Kira

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

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