Power, Sister! 20 New Books on Women’s History

Posted by Cybil on March 1, 2021

Happy Women's History Month! One of the undisputedly good things about modern scholarship is that women’s history is finally getting its due. For decades—centuries, really—the contributions of women were largely overlooked by predominantly male authors and biographers.

Here we’ve collected 20 great books on women’s history and biographies, all of which were published in the last year. Among the highlights: Confident Women, Toni Tefler’s incredibly fun overview of female grifters, swindlers, and crooks; With Her Fist Raised, Laura L. Lovett’s biography of trailblazing Black activist Dorothy Pitman Hughes; or for a high-altitude overview, consider Rosalind MilesThe Women's History of the Modern World.

Scroll over the book covers to learn more about each book, and be sure to add the ones that pique your interest to your Want to Read shelf!

Which books would you recommend for Women's History Month reading? Let us know in the comments!

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message 1: by Linda (new)

Linda I would love to read at least one of the books I've picked. Thanks for this opportunity.

message 2: by Tanja (new)

Tanja Midnight in Cairo sounds very promising. I think I will read this one.

message 3: by Maxine (new)

Maxine A Lab of One's Own: Science and Suffrage in the First World War

Patricia Fara's A Lab of One's Own is a brilliant read.

message 4: by Sasha (new)

Sasha Ambroz Somehow I want to read all of these books!

message 5: by Lori (new)

Lori Kaufmann Rebel Daughter should be on this list!

message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

Natural Born Rebel looks good. I love books about the suffragettes.

Beasts & Villains OMG THIS IS MY ZONE HERE! Women and Gender studies plus Feminism?👏👏👏 All the way!!💋

message 8: by Theresa (new)

Theresa I would like to add The Women's Suffrage Movement by Sally Roesch Wagner. She uses all primary source material and presents a multicultural look at the Movement.

message 9: by Michaela (new)

message 10: by Teresa (new)

Teresa Bolster That 2nd sentence is something I have been saying for some time now. It was the manliness of the historical record that put me off learning about it. Two recommendations: The Bolter:Lady Idina Sackville by Frances Osborne and Lady Almina & the real Downton Abbey by Fiona Canarvon. Both are fascinating insights into the lives of Edwardian high society.

message 11: by TMR (new)

TMR Love this list.

message 12: by Zhana (new)

Zhana Zhana Please join us today for the Women of Wonder Awards!

message 13: by Julia (new)

Julia The article says "Scroll over the book covers to learn more about each novel...". These are NOT novels. They are non-fiction.

Other than that quibble, this does look like a good list of books and I put several on my To Read shelf.

message 14: by Michele (new)

Michele Come Fly the World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am is my reading choice for Women's History month.

message 15: by Grace (new)

Grace These are fantastic recommendations, thank you for making this list. Happy Women's History Month everyone! Make it an all year occasion *wink wink*

message 16: by LisaZen (new)

LisaZen Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations
by Georgina Howell should be on the list too.


message 17: by Darci (new)

Darci Day LisaZen wrote: "Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations
by Georgina Howell should be on the list too.


This list is for books that came out in the past year.

message 18: by nitya (new)

nitya Code Name Madeleine and With Her Fist Raised!

Curious about the Ida B Wells book too, she was such a rock star <3

message 19: by Michele (new)

Michele Feminist novels

message 20: by Brigitte (new)

Brigitte D-day girls: the spies who armed the restistance, sabotaged the nazis and helped win WWII - Sarah Rose


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