Women's History

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


Too fat, too slutty, too loud by Anne Helen Petersen.        This will be my undoing : living at the intersection of black, female, and feminist in 

(white) America by Morgan Jerkins.          Jefferson's daughters : three sisters, white 

and black, in a young America by Catherine Kerrison.          Fire on the track : Betty Robinson and the 

triumph of the early Olympic women by Roseanne Montillo.          Madame President : the extraordinary 

journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf by Helene Cooper.       


The unfinished palazzo : life, love and art in Venice : the stories of Luisa Casati, Doris 

Castlerosse and Peggy Guggenheim by Judith Mackrell.        Sargent's women : four lives behind the canvas by Donna Lucey.          Pistols 

and petticoats : 175 years of lady detectives in fact and fiction by Erika Janik.          Because of sex : one law, ten cases, and 

fifty years that changed American women's lives at work by Gillian Thomas.          The mistress of Paris : the 19th-century 

courtesan who built an empire on a secret by Catherine Hewitt.       


Additional Titles

The glass universe : how the ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the measure of the stars / Dava Sobel (2016)

Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race / Margot Lee Shetterly (2016)

Queen of bebop : the musical lives of Sarah Vaughan / Elaine M. Hayes (2017)

Becoming Ms. Burton : from prison to recovery to leading the fight for incarcerated women / Susan Burton, Cari Lynn, Michelle Alexander (2017)

Never caught : the Washingtons' relentless pursuit of their runaway slave, Ona Judge / Erica Armstrong Dunbar (2017)

The firebrand and the First Lady : portrait of a friendship : Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the struggle for social justice / Patricia Bell-Scott (2016)

My life, my love, my legacy / Coretta Scott King (2017)

The hidden lives of Tudor women : a social history / Elizabeth Norton (2017)

The unwomanly face of war : an oral history of women in World War II / Svetlana Aleksievich, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky (2017)

Dust Bowl girls : the inspiring story of the team that barnstormed its way to basketball glory / Lydia Reeder (2017)

eBooks available at Alexandria Library

1950s Housewife : Marriage and 

Homemaking in the 1950s / by Sheila M. Hardy.        Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas / 

by Laura Sook Duncombe.          Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope--Voices from the Women's March / by 

Artisan Books.          Little Book of 

Feminism / by Harriet Dyer.          Van Diemen's Women: A History of Transportation to Tasmania / by Joan Kavanagh.


Women of Colonial 

America: 13 Stories of Courage and Survival in the New World / by Brandon marie Miller.        Sympathy, Madness, and 

Crime: How Four Nineteenth-Century Journalists Made the Newspaper Women's Business / by Karen Roggenkamp.          Courageous Women of the Civil War: 

Soldiers, Spies, Medics, and More / by M. R. Cordell.          Leper Spy: The Story of an Unlikely Hero of World War II / by Ben Montgomery.          Lucie Aubrac: The French 

Resistance Heroine Who Outwitted the Gestapo / by Sian Rees.

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

Audiobooks and eAudiobooks available at Alexandria Library

The radium girls: the dark story of 

America's shining women / by Kate Moore.        Ravensbruck / by Sarah Helm.          Hidden Figures / by Margot Lee Shetterly.          The last goodnight: a World War II story 

of espionage, adventure, and betrayal / by Howard Blum.          Undaunted by Tanya Biank.       


The women who flew for Hitler: 

a true story of soaring ambition and searing rivalry by Clare Mulley.          Victoria the queen: an intimate biography of the woman who ruled an empire by Julia 

Baird.          The civil wars of Julia Ward Howe : a 

biography by Elaine Showalter.          My own words by 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg.          What happened by 

Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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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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


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