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Virtual Book Displays

This guide highlights books from the library's collection on different timely themes.

Women's History Month

A Good Time to be a Girl: Don't Lean In, Change the System

Five years have passed since women were exhorted to 'Lean In'. Over that time, the world has transformed beyond all expectations. But why should anyone 'lean in' to a patriarchal system that is out of date? Why not change it entirely for the good of us all?

The Highest Glass Ceiling : Women's Quest for the American Presidency

"A woman will one day occupy the Oval Office because women themselves have made it inevitable, says best-selling historian Ellen Fitzpatrick. She tells the remarkable 150-year story of the candidates, voters, activists, and citizens who, despite overwhelming odds against women in politics, set their sights on the highest glass ceiling in the land."

The Century of Women : How Women Have Transformed the World Since 1900

Global in reach, the book provides a comparative analysis of developments worldwide to show both progress as well as new tensions and forms of inequality that have emerged out of women’s entry into politics, wage employment, education, and the production of culture

The Second Sex

The Second Sex

Simone de Beauvoir’s masterwork is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of “woman,” and a revolutionary exploration of inequality and otherness. Vital and groundbreaking, Beauvoir’s pioneering and impressive text remains as pertinent today as when it was first published, and will continue to provoke and inspire generations of men and women to come.

Silent Spring

Silent Spring

Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" alerted a large audience to the environmental and human dangers of indiscriminate use of pesticides, spurring revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. "Silent Spring became a runaway bestseller, with international reverberations.  

She persisted around the world : 13 women who changed history

She persisted around the world : 13 women who changed history

Chelsea Clinton introduces readers to a group of thirteen incredible women who have shaped history all across the globe. It is a book for everyone who has ever aimed high and been told to step down, for everyone who has ever raised their voice and been told to quiet down, and for everyone who has ever felt small, unimportant or unworthy.

Resistance Reimagined : Black Women's Critical Thought As Survival

Resistance Reimagined : Black Women's Critical Thought As Survival

The book highlights unconventional modes of black women's activism within a society that has spoken so much of freedom but has granted it so selectively. Looking closely at nineteenth- and twentieth-century writings by African American women that reimagine antebellum America, Regis Fox introduces types of black activism that differ from common associations with militancy and maleness. In doing so, she confronts expectations about what African American literature can and should be.

Who Cooked the Last Supper: The Women's History of the World

Who Cooked the Last Supper: The Women's History of the World

This brilliant and witty book overturns centuries of preconceptions to restore women to their rightful place at the center of culture, revolution, empire, war, and peace. Spiced with tales of individual women who have shaped civilization, celebrating the work and lives of women around the world, and distinguished by a wealth of research, Who Cooked the Last Supper? redefines our concept of historical reality.

The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die

The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die

Today's inequality is on a scale that none of us has seen in our lifetimes, yet this disparity between rich and poor has ramifications that extend far beyond mere financial means. In The Broken Ladder, the author examines how inequality divides us not just economically, but also has profound consequences for how we think, how our cardiovascular systems respond to stress, how our immune systems function, and how we view moral ideas such as justice and fairness.

What Happened

What Happened

The former secretary of state relates her experiences as the first woman candidate nominated for president by a major party, discussing the sexism, criticism, and double standards she had to confront, and how she coped with a devastating loss. It is the story of that campaign and its aftermath--both a deeply intimate account and a cautionary tale for the nation."

The Feminine Mystique

The Feminine Mystique

First published in 1963, The Feminine  Mystique ignited a revolution that  profoundly changed our culture, our conciousness, and our lives. Decades later, the underlying issues raised by Betty Friedan strike  at the core of the problems women still face at  home and in the marketplace. As women continue to  struggle for equality, to keep their hard-won gains, to find fulfillment in their careers, marriage and  family, The Feminine Mystique  remains the seminal conciousness-raising work of  our times.

No higher honor : a memoir of my years in Washington

This is former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s compelling story of eight years serving at the highest levels of government. In her position as America’s chief diplomat, Rice traveled almost continuously around the globe, seeking common ground among sometimes bitter enemies, forging agreement on divisive issues, and compiling a remarkable record of achievement.

Inferior : how science got women wrong and the new research that's rewriting the story

Inferior : how science got women wrong and the new research that's rewriting the story

In Inferior, acclaimed science writer Angela Saini weaves together a fascinating new science of women. As she takes readers on a journey to uncover science’s failure to understand women, she finds that we’re still living with the legacy of an establishment that’s just beginning to recover from centuries of entrenched exclusion and prejudice. Sexist assumptions are stubbornly persistent: even in recent years, researchers have insisted that women are choosy and monogamous while men are naturally promiscuous, or that the way men’s and women’s brains are wired confirms long-discredited gender stereotypes.

Rise of the rocket girls : the women who propelled us, from missiles to the moon to Mars

Rise of the rocket girls : the women who propelled us, from missiles to the moon to Mars

Rise of the Rocket Girls offers a unique perspective on the role of women in science, illuminating both where we've been and the far reaches of where we're heading

Invisible Women : data bias in a world designed for men

Celebrated feminist advocate Caroline Criado Perez investigates the shocking root cause of gender inequality and research in Invisible Women, diving into women's lives at home, the workplace, the public square, the doctor's office, and more. Built on hundreds of studies in the US, the UK, and around the world, and written with energy, wit, and sparkling intelligence, this is a groundbreaking, unforgettable expose that will change the way you look at the world.

Women and Girls Rising : progress and resistance around the world

Women and Girls Rising : progress and resistance around the world

Capturing voices and experiences from around the world, this work documents the modern history of the global women's movement. Drawing together prominent pioneers and contemporary policymakers, activists, and scholars, the book interrogates where and why progress has met resistance and been slowed, and examines the still unfinished agenda for change in national and international policy arenas.