Celebrate Women’s History Month with our collection of books that highlight the lives and accomplishments of women throughout history. This year we’re highlighting a Black Studies pioneer, a trailblazing journalist, public health nurses in the American South, and more.

View books here and use code WHM22 for discount prices through March 31, 2022.

Bertha Maxwell-Roddey
A Modern-Day Race Woman and the Power of Black Leadership

Sonya Y. Ramsey

This biography of educational activist and Black studies forerunner Bertha Maxwell-Roddey examines a life of remarkable achievements and leadership in the desegregated South. It describe how Maxwell-Roddey and her peers turned hard-won civil rights and feminist milestones into tangible accomplishments in North Carolina and nationwide from the late 1960s to the 1990s.

Available in June. An NEH SHARP title.*

The Paradox of Paternalism
Women and the Politics of Authoritarianism in the Dominican Republic

Elizabeth S. Manley

In this volume, Elizabeth Manley explains how women activists from across the political spectrum engaged with the state by working within both authoritarian regimes and inter-American networks, founding modern Dominican feminism, and contributing to the rise of twentieth-century women’s liberation movements in the Global South.

Paperback available in June. An NEH SHARP title.*

Dancing Past the Light
The Life of Tanquil Le Clerq

Orel Protopopescu

This book cinematically illuminates the glamorous and moving life story of Tanaquil “Tanny” Le Clercq (1929-2000), one of the most celebrated ballerinas of the twentieth century, describing her brilliant stage career, her struggle with polio, and her important work as a dance teacher, coach, photographer, and writer.

Public Health Nurses of Jim Crow Florida

Christine Ardalan

Highlighting the long unacknowledged role of a group of pioneering professional women, The Public Health Nurses of Jim Crow Florida tells the story of healthcare workers who aimed to serve those people out of reach of modern medical care while simultaneously battling racism in a state where white supremacy formed the bedrock of society.

Now available in paperback.

The Citizenship Education Program and Black Women’s Political Culture

Deanna M. Gillespie

This book details how African American women used lessons in basic literacy to crack the foundation of white supremacy and sow seeds for collective action during the civil rights movement. Gillespie traces the history of the Citizenship Education Program, a grassroots initiative that taught people to read and write in preparation for literacy tests required for voter registration—a profoundly powerful objective in the Jim Crow South.

Black Women, Citizenship, and the Making of Modern Cuba

Takkara Brunson

This book traces how women of African descent battled exclusion on multiple fronts and played an important role in forging a modern democracy in Cuba.

Dissensuous Modernism
Women Writers, the Senses, and Technology

Allyson C. Demaagd

Placing women writers at the center of the sensory and technological experimentation that characterized the modernist movement, Dissensuous Modernism shows how women of the era challenged gendered narratives that limited their power and agency and waged dissent through their radical sensuous writing

Sisterly Networks
Fifty Years of Southern Women’s Histories

Edited by Catherine Clinton

Tracing the development of the field of southern women’s history over the past half century, Sisterly Networks shows how pioneering feminists laid the foundation for a strong community of sister scholars and delves into the work of an organization central to this movement, the Southern Association for Women Historians (SAWH).

The Extraordinary Life of Jane Wood Reno
Miami’s Trailblazing Journalist

George Hurchalla

Journalist, activist, and adventurer, Jane Wood Reno (1913–1992) was one of the most groundbreaking and colorful American women of the twentieth century. Told by her grandson, George Hurchalla, The Extraordinary Life of Jane Wood Reno is an intimate biography of a free thinker who shattered barriers during the explosive early years of Miami.

Marge and Julia
The Correspondence between Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Julia Scribner Bigham

Edited by Rodger L. Tarr, Brent E. Kinser, and Florence M. Turcotte

Exploring the rich, enduring companionship shared by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Julia Scribner Bigham through never-before-published letters, Marge and Julia provides a revelatory depiction of these two literary women’s experiences in mid-twentieth-century America. 

Use code WHM22 for discount prices on these books through March 31, 2022.

*Publication of these books made possible by a Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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