Women’s History Month : Insightful New Reads for 2023

Women’s History Month is a celebration of the often overlooked contributions of women to history, culture, and society, and has been observed annually in the month of March in the United States since 1987.  From Abigail Adams to Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth to Rosa Parks, the timeline of women’s history milestones stretches back for centuries. Check out these new titles in our Library collection that highlight the stories of inspirational women, explore milestones in the women’s rights movement, and/or deal with social and cultural issues revolving around women. (Note: Descriptions are taken from the publishers) Ada’s Algorithm : How A Twenty-One Year Old Launched The Digital Age Through The Poetry Of Numbers by James Essinger Ada Lovelace was the only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the dangerous romantic poet whose name was a byword for scandal. Over the past decades, Ada herself has become a surprise underground star for digital pioneers all over the world, starting with Alan Turing, but also for female scientists in general. This book tells the story of Ada Lovelace’s turbulent private life as the poet’s daughter and her exceptional achievement. It traces how her scientific peers failed to recognize the extraordinary breakthrough she made in the middle of the 19th century. If they had, the computer age could have started almost two centuries ago.  Bad Mormon : A Memoir by Heather Gay A reality TV personality recounts an upbringing in a religion that she finally rejected. In this funny, brash, and unbelievably vulnerable bookHeather recounts her  experiences as a single mother to three girls, navigating life post-divorce and post-Mormonism. It follows Heather’s early days as a young girl in the church, through to her disavowal of the Mormon faith and success in both business and television.  The Case Of The Married Woman : Caroline Norton And Her Fight For Women’s Justice by Antonia Fraser Relates the story of nineteenth-century English poet Caroline Norton, who was denied access to her children by her husband after a sensational trial for adultery, and fought tirelessly for the rights of married women and mothers, resulting in the passage of the Infant Custody Act of 1839. The Confidante : The Untold Story Of The Woman Who Helped Win WWII And Shape Modern America by Christopher C. Gorham  The first-ever biography of Anna Marie Rosenberg, a Hungarian Jewish immigrant who became a real power behind national policies critical to America winning World War II and prospering afterwards, chronicles her extraordinary career as FDR’s special envoy to Europe during the war and an adviser to five presidents. Dressed For Freedom : The Fashionable Politics Of American Feminism by Einav Rabinovitch-Fox Rabinovitch-Fox examines how clothes empowered women, and particularly women barred from positions of influence due to race or class. Moving from 1890s shirtwaists through the miniskirts and unisex styles of the 1970s, she shows how the rise of mass media culture made fashion a vehicle for women to assert claims over their bodies, femininity, and social roles. She also highlights how trends in women’s sartorial practices expressed ideas of independence and equality. Flora Macdonald : “Pretty Young Rebel” : Her Life And Story by Flora Fraser A captivating biography of the remarkable young Scotswoman whose bold decision to help “Bonnie” Prince Charlie–the Stuart claimant to the British throne–evade capture and flee the country has become the stuff of legend. Formidable : American Women And The Fight For Equality, 1920-2020 by Elisabeth Griffith The Nineteenth Amendment was an incomplete victory. A century later, women are still grappling with how to use the vote and their political power to expand civil rights, confront racial violence, improve maternal health, advance educational and employment opportunities, and secure reproductive rights. Formidable chronicles the efforts of white and Black women to advance sometimes competing causes. Black women wanted the rights enjoyed by whites. White women wanted to be equal to white men. In this riveting narrative, Dr. Griffith integrates the fight by white and Black women to achieve equality. Good For A Girl : A Woman Running In A Man’s World by Lauren Fleshman Part memoir, part manifesto, Good for a Girl is Fleshman’s story of falling in love with running as a girl, being pushed to her limits and succumbing to devastating injuries, and daring to fight for a better way for female athletes. Long gone are the days when women and girls felt lucky just to participate; Fleshman and women everywhere are waking up to the reality that they’re running, playing, and competing in a world that wasn’t made for them. Drawing on not only her own story but also emerging research on the physiology and psychology of young athletes, of any gender, Fleshman gives voice to the often-silent experience of the female athlete and argues that the time has come to rebuild our systems of competitive sport with women at their center. Heiresses : The Lives Of The Million Dollar Babies by Laura Thompson Heiresses tells the stories of Mary Davies, who inherited London’s most valuable real estate, and was bartered from the age of twelve; Consuelo Vanderbilt, the original American “Dollar Heiress”, forced into a loveless marriage; Barbara Hutton, the Woolworth heiress who married seven times and died almost penniless; and Patty Hearst, heiress to a newspaper fortune who was arrested for terrorism. However, there are also stories of independence and achievement: Angela Burdett-Coutts, who became one of the greatest philanthropists of Victorian England; Nancy Cunard, who lived off her mother’s fortune and became a pioneer of the civil rights movement; and Daisy Fellowes, elegant linchpin of interwar high society and noted fashion editor. The Great Stewardess Rebellion : How Women Launched A Workplace Rebellion At 30,000 Feet by Nell McShane Wulfhart (also available as an ebook and e-audiobook) The empowering story of a group of spirited stewardesses who fought for their rights in the cabin and revolutionized the workplace for all American women. Madame Restell : The Life, Death, And Resurrection Of Old New York’s Most Fabulous, Fearless, And Infamous Abortionist by Jennifer Wright