Mar 07

[ARCHIVED] March is Women’s History Month

The original item was published from March 7, 2016 1:54 PM to March 7, 2016 1:54 PM

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Here are a few Adult titles demonstrating the power of women in our culture:

liar.jpgLiar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War
By Karen Abbott

Best-selling author Karen Abbott, brings us the true story of four women who became undercover spies during the Civil War. First is Belle Boyd, a pistol-packing courier and spy for the Confederate army. Second, Emma Edmonds, a woman who assumed a male identity to enlist as a Union private, witnessing the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Third, Rose O’Neale Greenhow, who, with the help of her daughter, used her sexual prowess and considerable charms to gather intelligence for the Confederacy. Fourth, Elizabeth Van Lew, a wealthy southern belle who orchestrated an espionage ring. With a rich cast of historical figures included, such as: Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, General Stonewall Jackson, etc., this book is the daring historical adventure you have been seeking.

notorious.jpgNotorious RBG: the life and times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
By Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik

Ruth Bader Ginsberg is a woman who needs little introduction. She is tough, courageous, intelligent, but most of all, she is notorious. This feminist icon, legal powerhouse, and unflinching Jewish grandmother is one of the fiercest women of our time, spawning the Notorious RBG Tumblr, juxtaposing the Supreme Court Justice with the 350-pound rapper. (Absolutely hilarious). Carmon captures Ginsburg’s larger-than-life reputation in a way that is both entertaining and inspirational, leaving you wanting more.

wisconsin.jpgWisconsin Women in the War Between the States
By Ethel Alice Hurn

Ever wondered about the women in Wisconsin’s history? Here is a look at the contribution of the women in the Wisconsin History Commission during the Civil War era.  In a time when women could not vote, hold bank accounts, or take on any type of leadership role, these Wisconsin women broke the rules, taking over farms, shops, and other public businesses to help out during a national crisis.  These women cooked food, knitted clothes, and organized relief efforts that raised millions to aid wounded soldiers and assist families in need. They served selflessly and fought to preserve our way of life in a time of despair. You will not regret learning about this chapter in our states history.

secret.jpgThe Secret History of Wonder Woman
By Jill Lepore

In this unique read, Lepore explores Wonder Woman and her role in feminism and American history. As the first of her kind, Wonder Woman has stood the test of time along with her male counter-parts, Batman and Superman. She is both alluring and tough, giving women a hero to call their own. Wonder Woman’s origins are mysterious and captivating. There is so much to discover here.

herdream.jpgHer Dream of Dreams: the Rise and Triumph of Madam C.J. Walker
By Beverly Lowry

Madam C.J. Walker is the utmost example of achieving the American dream. Born to former slaves, Walker single-handedly built a million-dollar hair-care business for African-American women, turning it into an empire and charming the most influential figures in history. Lowry weaves Walker’s background and successes masterfully, making this book the consummate reminder that women of any background are capable of anything. Truly inspirational.

firstladies.jpgFirst Ladies: Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 iconic American Women
By Susan Swain and C-SPAN

“Behind every great man, there is an even greater woman.”
This quote is of vast significance when it comes to the many first ladies of the United States. Strong and wise, these women have carved their own place in our nation’s history. From Abigail Adams, to Anna ‘Eleanor’ Roosevelt, to Michelle Obama, Swain dips into the often unknown, unique backgrounds of our many first ladies.

mybeloved.jpgMy Beloved World
By Sonia Sotomayor

As the first Hispanic on the U.S. Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor knows first-hand what it means to persevere. Despite the road blocks she has faced in her life, she has come out on top, graduating summa cum laude from Princeton University and Yale Law School to become an American icon. In My Beloved World, Sotomayor relives her childhood and rise in the criminal justice sphere with a down-to-earth charm that you are sure to appreciate.

Come and explore the rich selection of titles our library has to offer. We look forward to seeing you!

*Images courtesy of EasiCat.