Commemorating Women’s History: Read

In honor of a duo of anniversaries we’re celebrating this year, we’ve compiled our favorite books, films, and songs by, about, and for inspiring women.

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Some of our selections deal with women’s suffrage, which was ratified into law 100 years ago. In The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, Elaine Weiss chronicles the final hair-rising moments leading up to this hard-fought victory, which came down to a single vote. Although the outcome is well-known, Weiss’ page-turning account reveals how competing forces within industry and government ultimately failed to hold back this milestone in American history by the thinnest of margins.

In addition to this gripping narrative, you’ll find true stories of visionaries, scholars, activists, and artists who, while hailing from a variety of backgrounds and time periods, have all earned their place in history by standing up against the status quo and taking down any barriers that stood in their way.

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

Women, Race and Class by Angela Davis

The Road from Coorain by Jill Ker Conway

Eleanor Roosevelt, Volumes 1–3 by Blanche Wiesen Cook

Personal History by Katharine Graham

Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors by Marian Wright Edelman

America’s Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines by Gail Collins

Circling My Mother: A Memoir by Mary Gordon

Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching by Paula Giddings

Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou

Abigail Adams: A Life by Woody Holton

When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins

Jane Addams: Spirit in Action by Louise W. Knight

Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore

The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse by Catherine Reef

Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister

Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World by Andrea Barnet

The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss

Becoming by Michelle Obama

First: Sandra Day O’Connor by Evan Thomas

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence by Kate Clarke Lemay

The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton

Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law by Jeffrey Rosen