This Women’s History Month celebrate the diverse, inspiring, funny, and touching stories of women with the Library’s “Herstory” Book Spotlight! This month we feature both novels and non-fiction that explore the incredible impact of women on our lives and our world.
Read about Kawashima Yoshiko, a Manchu princess who became a Japanese Spy, making her mark in striking male military attire in the first half of the 20th century. Look into the scandalous lives of Victoria Woodhull and Tenni Claflin, whose views on women’s equality in all aspects of life shocked Victorian society. Or dive into the enduring legacy of Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman elected to congress and the first African American to run for President.
Want to lose yourself in a novel? Check out the incredible Americanahby Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and immerse yourself in the life of Ifemelu, a Nigerian immigrant in America. Read a story spanning generations of the Townsend family starting with a brave suffragist who died in a hunger strike in A Short History of Women. Or spend some time with two friends, Elena and Lila whose fierce bond helps them navigate the world around them in My Brilliant Friend.
These are just a few of the many stories we are highlighting this month. Have a favorite of your own that isn’t on our list? Tell us what it is on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #HoyaHerstory!