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,
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
Gaze, Delia (Ed). Dictionary of Women Artists. Fitzroy
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,
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
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
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,
O'Shea, Kathleen A. And Beverly R. Fletcher. Female Offenders: An
Annotated Bibliography. Greenwood Press, 1997
Elaine, comp. and ed. The New Quotable Woman. New York: Facts on
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
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.
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.
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,
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, 1900-1945. Peter Bedrick Books,
McPhee, Jenny, Laura McPhee, & Martha McPhee.
Girls: Ordinary Girls and Their Extraordinary Pursuits. Random
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.
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
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,
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.
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.,
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.
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,
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,
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,
Naples, Nancy A., ed. Community Activism
and Feminist Politics: Organizing Across Race, Class and Gender.
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
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,
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.
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
Women, Labor, & The
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
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
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.
Vecchio, Nerina and Kartik C. Roy. Poverty,
Female-Headed Households, and Sustainable Economic Development.
Greenwood Press, 1997.
Journal Titles for Women's History
- Belles letters
- European journal of women’s studies
- Feminist collections
- Feminist issues
- Feminist majority report
- Feminist review
- Feminist studies
- Gender & History
- Gender & Society
- Journal of feminist family therapy
- Journal of feminist studies in religion
- Journal of women & aging
- Journal of women’s history
- NWSA journal
- Off our backs
- On the issues/Choices
- Psychology of women quarterly
- Signs; journal of women in culture and society
- 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