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Women's history is a broad, inclusive topic.  We cannot possibly suggest books on all the interesting perspectives and sub-topics that relate to women's history.  We will provide some basic reference work and reading suggestions that will help researchers document important people, events, and ideas and while suggesting avenues for further study.  The books listed are recognized as reliable sources.  We have identified reading material is appropriate for different age groups, readers, and interests. 

For the most part, we do not include suggested reading levels -- we suggest people look at books that sound interesting  and decide for themselves if they are appropriate.  Remember, subject heading and call numbers (such as Dewey Decimals) can be used to help find other books on the same topic.  Searching for any of these titles at a local library will identify they catalog and classify their collection.  Be sure to also look at our women's history subject headings suggestions too.

Reference

Gaze, Delia (Ed).  Dictionary of Women Artists.  Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997

Gibson, Anne and Timothy Fast. The Women's Atlas of the United States. New York: Facts on File, 1986.

Harness, Cheryl.  Remember the Ladies:  100 Great American Women.  HarperCollins, 2001

Heinemann, Sue.  The New York Public Library Amazing Women in American History:  A Book of Answers for Kids.  John Wiley, 1998

Heller, Jules and Nancy G.  North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary.  Garland Pub Trade, 1997

Huls, Mary Ellen, United States Government Documents on Women, 1800-1990: A Comprehensive Bibliography, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1993

Hyman, Paula E. And Deborah Dash Moore. Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia. Routledge, 1997

Keenan, Sheila. Scholastic Encyclopedia of Women in the United States.  Scholastic Reference, 2002

Leon, Vicki.  Uppity Women of the New World.  Conari Press, 2001

Lerner, Gerda and Marie Laberge, Women are History: A Bibliography in the History of American Women, Madison: Graduate Program in Women's History, Dept. of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1986

Kwolek-Folland, Angel. Incorporating Women: A History of Women and Business in the United States. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1998.

Madden, W.C. The Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League: A Biographical Dictionary.  McFarland & Co., 1997.

Notable Black American Women.  Thomson Gale, 1991 (Edition 1), 1995 (Edition 2), and 2002 (Edition 3)

Notable Hispanic American Women.  Thomson Gale, 1993 (Edition 1) and 1998 (Edition 2)

Oppedisano, Jeannette M. Historical Encyclopedia of American Women Entrepreneurs: 1776 to the Present. Westport, CT.: Greenwood Press, 2000.

O'Shea, Kathleen A. And Beverly R. Fletcher. Female Offenders: An Annotated Bibliography. Greenwood Press, 1997

Partnow, Elaine, comp. and ed. The New Quotable Woman. New York: Facts on File, 1992

Remley, Mary L. Women in Sport : An Annotated Bibliography and Resource Guide, 1900-1990.  G.K. Hall, 1991

Sicherman, Barbara.  Notable American Women, the Modern Period.   Belknap Press, 1980

Smith, Jessie Carney. Powerful Black Women. National Women's History Project, 1997

Squires, Judith and Sandra Kemp, eds. Feminism: An Oxford Reader. Oxford University Press, 1998

Telgen, Diane and Jim Kamp, eds. Latinas! Women of Achievement. National Women's History Project, 1997

Tuttle, Lisa. Encyclopedia of Feminism. New York: Facts on File, 1986

Women in World History:  A Biographical Encyclopedia.  Yorkin Publications, Gale Group, 2002

Yeager, Mary A. Women In Business. 3 Vols. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing, 1999.

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General Titles:  Nonfiction

Adams, Colleen. Women's Suffrage: a Primary Source History of the Women's Rights Movement in America. 2003

Against the tide: Pro-feminist Men in the United States, 1776-1990.  Beacon Press, 1992

Baumgardner, Jennifer and Amy Richards. Grassroots: a Field Guide for Feminist Activism. 2005

Berkin, Carol. Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America's Independence. 2005

Berkin, Carol, and Leslie Horowitz. Women's Voices, Women's Lives: Documents in Early American History. Northeastern University Press, 1998

Bird, Caroline. Enterprising Women. W. W. Norton, 1976

Bolden, Tonya. 33 Things Every Girl Should Know About Women's History. Crown, 2002

Bolden, Tonya. And Not Afraid to Dare: The Stories of Ten African-American Women. Scholastic, 1998

Colman, Penny. Girls: A History of Growing up Female in America. Scholastic, 2000

The Columbia Documentary History of American women since 1941. Columbia University Press, 2003

Eisner, Peter. The Freedom Line: the Brave Men and Women Who Rescued Allied Airmen from the Nazis During World War II. 2004

Harper, Suzanne (Ed.). Hands On!: 33 More Things Every Girl Should Know: Skills for Living Your Life from 33 Extraordinary Women. Crown, 2001

Head, Judith. America's Daughters: 400 Years of American Women. Perspective Publishing, 1999

Heart of the Circle: Photographs by Edward S. Curtis of Native American Women. National Women's History Project, 1997

Heinemann, Sue. The New York Public Library Amazing Women in American History: A Book of Answers for Kids. John Wiley & Sons, 1998

Hewitt, Nancy A., Women's Activism and Social Change. Cornell University Press, 1984

Lemons, J. Stanley, The Woman Citizen: Social Feminism in the 1920's.  University of Illinois Press, 1973

Matthrews, Jean V. The Rise of the New Woman: the Women's Movement in America, 1875-1930. 2003

Macdonald, Fiona.  Women in Peace & War, 1900-1945Peter Bedrick Books, 2001

McPhee, Jenny, Laura McPhee, & Martha McPhee. Girls: Ordinary Girls and Their Extraordinary Pursuits. Random House, 2000

Miedzian, Myriam and Alisa Malinovich. Generations: A Century of Women Speak about Their Lives. Atlantic Monthly Press; 1997

Miller, Brandon Marie. Good Women of a Well-Blessed Land: Women's Lives in Colonial America. 2003

Nathan, Amy. Count On Us: American Women in the Military. 2004

Raphael, Amy. Grrrls: Viva Rock Divas. St. Martin's Press, 1996

Roberts, Cokie. Founding Mothers: the Women Who Raised Our Nation.  2004

Rowland, Debran. The Boundaries of Her Body: a Troubling History of Women's Rights in America. 2004

Ruiz, Vicki L and Ellen Carol DuBois (Eds.)  Unequal Sisters: a Multicultural Reader in U.S. Women's History. 2000

Sigerman, Harriet (Ed). The Columbia Documentary History of American Women Since 1941. 2003

Slatkin, Wendy.  Women Artists in History: From Antiquity to the Present.  Prentice Hall, 1996

Thimmesh, Catherine. The Sky's the Limit: Stories of Discovery by Women and Girls. Houghton Mifflin, 2002

Van Devanter, Lynda. Visions of War, Dreams of Peace: Writings of Women in the Vietnam War. Warner Books; 1991

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Gender & Race

Adams, Maurianne and Pat Griffin. Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice: A Sourcebook. Routledge, 1997

Akkerman, Tjitske and Siep Stuuman. Perspectives on Feminist Thought in European History: From the Middle Ages to the Present. Routledge, 1998

Albelda, Ra. On the Margin: The Feminist Impact on Economics and Feminism. Scribner's Reference, 1997

Alexander, Jacqui, et al. Third Wave: Feminist Perspectives on Racism. Women of Color Press, 1997

Amadiume, Ifi. Reinventing Africa: Matriarchy, Religion and Culture. Interlink Publishing Group, 1997

Arrighi, Barbara A. America's Shame: Women and Children in Shelter and the Degradation of Family Roles. Praeger, 1997

Ashfar, Helah. Women and Politics in the Third World. Routledge, 1996

Bayne-Smith, Marcia, ed. Race, Gender and Health. Sage Publications, 1996

Charles, Nickie and Helen M. Hintjens. Gender, Ethnicity and Political Ideologies. Routledge, 1997

Collins, Catherine Fisher. African-American Women's Health and Social Issues. Auburn House, 1996

Daniels, Cynthia R. And Rachelle Brooks. Feminists Negotiate the State: The Politics of Domestic Violence. University Press of America, 1997

Degler, Carl N.  At Odds: Women and the Family in America from the Revolution to the Present.  Oxford University Press, 1980

Digby, Tom. Men Doing Feminism. Routledge, 1997

Espiritu, Yen Le. Asian American Women and Men. Sage Publications, 1997

Fernea, Elizabeth W. In Search of Islamic Feminism: One Woman's Global Journey. Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1997

French, Stanley G., Wanda Teays and Laura M. Purdy. Violence Against Women. Cornell University Press, 1998

Garcia, Mario and Alma Garcia. Chicana Feminist Thought: The Basic Historical Writings. Routledge, 1997

Goodman, Lizbeth. Literature and Gender. Routledge, 1996

Gorsz-Ngate, Maria and Omari Kokole, eds. Gendered Encounters: Challenging Cultural Boundaries and Social Hierarchies in Africa. Routledge, 1996

Green, Rayna. Women in American Indian Society. National Women's History Project, 1997

Hong, Fan. Footbinding, Feminism and Freedom: The Liberation of Women's Bodies in Modern China. International Specialized Book Services, 1997

Hooks, Bell. Reel to Real: Race, Sex, and Class at the Movies. Routledge, 1997

Ingham, Patricia. The Language of Gender and Class. Routledge, 1996

Johnson, Allan G. The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy. Temple University Press, 1997

Kerber, Linda K. Toward an Intellectual History of Women. University of North Carolina Press, 1997

Kirk, Gwyn and Margo Okazawa-Key. Women's Lives: A Multicultural Perspective. Mayfield Publishing Company, 1997

Kuiper, Edith, et al. Out of the Margin: Feminist Perspective on Economics. Routledge, 1995

Lee, Janet and Jennifer Sasser-Coen. Blood Stories: Menarche and the Politics of the Female Body in Contemporary U.S. Society. Routledge, 1996

LePage-Lees, Pamela. From Disadvantaged Girls to successful Women: Education and Women's Resiliency. Praeger, 1997

Luttrell, Wendy. Schoolsmart and Motherwise: Working-Class Women's Identity and Schooling. Routledge, 1997

Mackie, Vera. Fighting women: A History of Feminism in Japan. Columbia University :Press, 1997

McVeigh, Brian J. Life in a Japanese Women's College: Learning to be Ladylike. Routledge, 1997

Mettler, Suzanne. Divided Citizens: Gender and Federalism in New Deal Public Policy. Cornell University Press, 1998

Miedzian, Myriam and Alisa Malinovich. Generations: A Century of Women Speak About Their Lives. Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997

Mullings, Leith. On Or Own Terms: Rice, Class, and Gender in the Lives of African-American Women. Routledge, 1996

Naples, Nancy A., ed. Community Activism and Feminist Politics: Organizing Across Race, Class and Gender. Routledge, 1997

Narayan, Uma. Dislocating Cultures: Identities, Tradition and Third World Feminism. Routledge, 1997

Nelson, Jill. Straight, No Chaser: How I Became a Grown-Up Black Woman. Putnam Publishing Group, 1997

Oyewumi, Oyeronke. African Women and Feminism: Reflecting on the Politics of Sisterhood. Africa World Press, 1997

Petersen, Kerry A. Intersections: Women on Law, Medicine and Technology. Ashgate Publishing Company, 1997

Philpot, Carol L, et al, eds. Bridging Separate Gender Worlds: Why Men and Women Clash and How Therapists Can Bring Them Together. American Psychological Association, 1997

Pierson, Ruth R. And Nupur Chaudhuri, eds. Nation, Empire, Colony: Historicizing Gender and Race. Indiana University Press, 1998

Racioppi, Linda and Katherine O'Sullivan See. Women's Activism in Contemporary Russia. Temple University Press, 1997

Ralston, Meredith L. "Nobody Wants to Hear Our Truth:" Homeless Women and Theories of the Welfare State. Greenwood Press, 1996

Ramet, Sabrina Petra. Gender Reversals and Gender Cultures. Routledge, 1996

Reynolds, Paul D. And Sammis B. White. The Entrepreneurial Process: Economic Growth, Men, Women and Minorities. Quorum Books, 1997

Ronai, Carol Rambo, Barbara A. Zsembik and Joe R. Feagin. Everyday Sexism in the Third Millennium. Routledge, 1997

Roschelle, Anne R. No More Kin: Exploring Race, Class, and Gender in Family Networks. Sage, 1997

Rosser, Sue V. Re-engineering Female Friendly Science. Teachers College of Columbia University, 1997

Shakir, Evelyn. Bint Arab: Arab and Arab American Women in the United States. Praeger, 1997

Silva, Elizabeth, ed. Good Enough Mothering? Feminist Perspective on Lone Motherhood. Routledge, 1997

Terry, Jennifer and Melodie Calvert. Processed Lives: Gender and Technology in Everyday Life. Routledge. 1997

Verschuur-Basse, Denyse, comp. and Elizabeth Rauch-Nolan, trans. Chinese Women Speak Out. Praeger, 1996

Yung, Judy. Chinese Women of America: A Pictorial History. National Women's History Project, 1996

Zack, Naomi.

 Routledge, 1997.

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Women, Labor, & The Economy

Amott, Teresa L. and Julie Matthaei. Race, Gender, and Work: A Multi-Cultural Economic History of Women in the United States. Rev. ed. Boston, MA: South End Press, 1996

Anderson, Gregory, ed. The White Blouse Revolution: Female Office Workers Since 1870. Manchester, U.K.: Manchester University Press, 1988

Barbara Burman, ed. The Culture of Sewing: Gender, Consumption, and Home Dressmaking. Oxford: Berg Publishers, 1999

Blewett, Mary H. Men, Women, and Work: Class, Gender, and Protest in the New England Shoe Industry, 1780-1910. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1988

Burman, Barbara, ed. The Culture of Sewing: Gender, Consumption, and Home. Oxford, UK: Berg Publishers, 1999

Chandler, Alfred D., Jr. and James W. Cortada, eds. A Nation Transformed by Information: How Information Has Shaped the United States from Colonial Times to the Present. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000

Davis, Rebecca. Life in the Iron Mills. Feminist Press; 1972.

Dublin, Thomas. Transforming Women's Work: New England Lives in the Industrial Revolution. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1994

Gamber, Wendy. The Female Economy: The Millinery and Dressmaking Trades, 1860-1930. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1997

Gilligan, Maureen Carroll. Female Corporate Culture and the New South: Women in Business Between the World Wars. New York: Garland, 1999

Green, Nancy L. Ready-to-Wear and Ready-to-Work: A Century of Industry and Immigrants in Paris and New York. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1997

Groneman, Carol, and Mary Beth Norton, editors. "To Toil the Livelong Day": America's Women at Work, 1780-1980. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1987

Hall, Jacquelyn Dowd, ed. Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000

Kessler-Harris, Alice. In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in 20th-Century America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001

Kimmel, Michael. Manhood in America: A Cultural History. The Free Press; 1996.

Kwolek-Folland, Angel. Engendering Business: Men and Women in the Corporate Office, 1870-1930. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994

Kwolek-Folland, Angel. Incorporating Women: A History of Women and Business in the United States. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1998

Norling, Lisa. Captain Ahab Had a Wife: New England Women and the Whalefishery, 1720-1870. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000

Rives, Janet M. and Mahmood Yousefi. Economic Dimensions of Gender Inequality: A Global Perspective. Praeger, 1997

Roy Kartik C., Clement A. Tisdell and Hans C. Blomqvist. Economic Development and Women in the World Community. Praeger, 1996.

Vecchio, Nerina and Kartik C. Roy. Poverty, Female-Headed Households, and Sustainable Economic Development. Greenwood Press, 1997.

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Journal Titles for Women's History

  • Affilia
  • Atlantis
  • Belles letters
  • Bridges
  • Connexions
  • Differences
  • European journal of women’s studies
  • Feminist collections
  • Feminist issues
  • Feminist majority report
  • Feminist review
  • Feminist studies
  • Frontiers
  • Gender & History
  • Gender & Society
  • Genders
  • Hypatia
  • Journal of feminist family therapy
  • Journal of feminist studies in religion
  • Journal of women & aging
  • Journal of women’s history
  • Minerva
  • Ms
  • NWSA journal
  • Off our backs
  • On the issues/Choices
  • Psychology of women quarterly
  • Sage
  • Signs; journal of women in culture and society
  • Sojourner
  • Women (Oxford, England)
  • Women & criminal justice
  • Women and environments
  • Women & politics
  • Women & therapy
  • Women's review of books
  • Women's studies
  • Women's studies international forum
  • Women’s studies quarterly
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