Women's History

In celebration of March's Women's History Month, Alexandria Library has compiled the following resources.

Books  --  eBooks  --  eAudiobooks  --  Juvenile books  --  Databases  --  Periodicals/Magazines


Michelle Obama : an American story / by David Colbert.        Living history / Hillary Rodham Clinton.          Well-behaved women seldom make history / by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.          My beloved world / Sonia Sotomayor.          Elizabeth Cady Stanton / Pamela Loos.       


The right to vote : the contested history of democracy in the United States / Alexander Keyssar.        Lighting the way : nine women who changed modern America / Karenna Gore Schiff.          America and the pill : a history of promise, peril, and liberation / Elaine Tyler May.          Seneca Falls and the origins of the women's rights movement / Sally G. McMillen.          Rosie's mom : forgotten women workers of the First World War / Carrie Brown.       


Double victory : how African American women broke race and gender barriers to help win World War II / Cheryl Mullenbach        A Matter of Simple Justice : The Untold Story of Barbara Hackman Franklin and A Few Good Women / Lee Stout        A necessary spectacle : Billie Jean King, Bobby Riggs, and the tennis match that leveled the game / Selena Roberts        Vital voices : the power of women leading change around the world / Alyse Nelson ; [foreword by Hillary Clinton]        Riding Fury Home : A Memoir / Chana Wilson

Additional Titles

Fighting chance : the struggle over woman suffrage and Blacksuffrage in Reconstruction America / Faye E. Dudden (2011)

Equality with a vengeance : men's rights groups, batteredwomen, and antifeminist backlash / Molly Dragiewicz (2011)

Revolutionary conceptions : women, fertility, and family limitation in America, 1760-1820 / Susan E. Klepp (2009)

A vindication of the rights of woman / Mary Wollstonecraft ; edited with an introduction and notes by Miriam Brody (2004)

A very dangerous woman : Martha Wright and women's rights / Sherry H. Penney and James D. Livingston (2004)

Intimate wars : the life and times of the woman who brought abortion from the back alley to the board room / Merle Hoffman (2012)

Goddess of the market : Ayn Rand and the American Right / Jennifer Burns (2009)

A new deal for women : the expanding roles ofwomen, 1938-1960 / Patience Coster (2011)

Thanks for the memories : love, sex, and World War II / Jane Mersky Leder (2006)

Open wide the freedom gates : a memoir / Dorothy Height ; with a foreword by Maya Angelou (2003)

Grace, gold & glory : my leap of faith / Gabrielle Douglas ; with Michelle Burford (2012)

eBooks available at Alexandria Library's OverDrive Page

 The Words of Extraordinary Women by Carolyn Warner         The Good Girls Revolt How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich           The Receptionist An Education at The New Yorker by Janet Groth           Dearie The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz           Then Again by Diane Keaton

I Love You, Ronnie [eBook] / Nancy Reagan

No Higher Honor [eBook] / Condoleezza Rice

Barack and Michelle [eBook] / Christopher Andersen

Don’t Play in the Sun [eBook] / Marita Golden

Empress of Fashion : Diana Vreeland [eBook] / Amanda Mackenzie Stuart

eAudiobooks available at Alexandria Library's OverDrive Page

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot        You Let Some Girl Beat You? The Story of Ann Meyers Drysdale by Anne Meyers Drysdale          Bossypants by Tina Fey          When Janey Comes Marching Home Portraits of Women Combat Veterans by Laura Browder          Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs The Unknown History of the Men and Women of World War II's OSS by Patrick K. O'Donnell

Abigail Adams [eAudiobook] / Woody Holton

Wishing on the Moon: the Life and times of Billie Holiday [eAudiobook] / Donald Clarke

Big Girls Don’t Cry [eAudiobook] / Rebecca Traister

Orange is the New Black [eAudiobook] / Piper Kerman


Juvenile Books

Brave girl : Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 / written by Michelle Markel ; pictures by Melissa Sweet.        The Hope Chest / Karen Schwabach.           Sojourner Truth's step-stomp stride / Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney.          Women explorers : perils, pistols, and petticoats / Julie Cummins ; illustrated by Cheryl Harness.          Buffalo Bird Girl : a Hidatsa story / retold by S.D. Nelson.

First ladies / written by Amy Pastan ; in association with the Smithsonian Institution. (2009)

You wouldn't want to be a suffragist! : a protest movement that's rougher than you expected / written by Fiona Macdonald; illustrated by David Antram (2009)

Elizabeth leads the way : Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the right to vote / Tanya Lee Stone ; illustrations by Rebecca Gibbon. (2008)

Yes she can! : women's sports pioneers / by Glenn Stout. (2011)

Women astronomers : reaching for the stars / Mabel Armstrong. (2008)

I am Sacagawea / by Grace Norwich ; illustrated by Anthony VanArsdale. (2012)



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Biography in Context
A database for those seeking contextual information on the world's most influential people.

Encyclopadedia Britannica Online
A powerful resource for searching and browsing for information in encyclopedias, magazines, videos, and Web sites.

Diversity Studies Collection
A must-have for social science, history and liberal arts coursework, this collection explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in our global community.

U.S. History Collection
This collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the current thinking and events in US History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field.

Women in History
An indepth source of information about women throughout history.


Afro-Americans in New York Life and History -- from 01/31/2000 to 07/31/2015 in eLibrary
American History -- from 02/01/1998 to present in Biography In Context
Film & History -- from 01/01/2003 to present in World History Collection
Journal of Family History -- from 10/01/1994 to present in Biography In Context
Journal of the History of Sexuality -- from 01/01/1997 to present in Criminal Justice Collection
Journal of Women’s History -- from 01/01/1997 to 07/01/2016 in eLibrary
Theatre History Studies -- from 06/01/2001 to present in Fine Arts & Music Collection
WIN (Women International Network) -- from 01/01/1993 to 09/22/2003 in Diversity Studies Collection
Women & Music -- from 01/01/1999 to present in Diversity Studies Collection
Women in Business -- from 11/01/1997 to 03/31/2008 in Business Source Complete
Women’s Health Activist -- from 09/01/1990 to 12/31/2012 in General OneFile
Women’s Review of Books -- from 01/01/1994 to present in Biography In Context
Virginia Magazine of History and Biography -- from 01/01/2001 to 04/01/2017 in eLibrary