Sunday, March 9, 2014

Great Books for Women's History Month, Updated for 2014

Happy Women's History Month 2014! In March 2011, I wrote "Great Books For Women's History Month" for David Weisman's book blog Breaking in Before Breaking Down. It's still a great list, so please don't be out off by the fact that it's labeled 2011.

The original list included:

A Woman's Book of Life: The Biology, Psychology, and Spirituality of the Feminine Life Cycle

- The author, Joan Borysenko, also wrote the wonderful A Woman's Journey to God. Visit this post to read a short excerpt from that one.

Feminist Fairy Tales

Goddesses in Everywoman

- Read more about this one in "Twilight of the Goddesses."

Letters to Ms., 1972-1987

QPB Anthology of Women's Writing

Sacred Voices

She's a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock and Roll

- You can read little excerpts of this one in my book review of Dead is a Battlefield and this post about Jewish lesbians.

The American Women's Almanac

- Read a snippet of this one in the post that links James Jones' Whistle to The Hite Report.

The Great Women Superheroes

The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets

- I use this encyclopedia as a reference book All. The. Time. The last book on the original list is

Wild Women: Crusaders, Curmudgeons, and Completely Corsetless Ladies in the Otherwise Virtuous Victorian Era

...and since then, I've added these little beauties to the stable of women's history and feminist books.

In the Body of the World by Eve Ensler

Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

What are your favorite books for Women's History Month?

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