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Women's Equality Day

Women's Equality Day was established to recognize and commemorate the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote. This was just the beginning of the courageous work done by women of the United States to gain full rights and privileges both public or private, legal or institutional – as citizens of the United States. 

To celebrate, check out this booklist that highlights women's continued efforts towards women's equality throughout their daily lives in places like relationships, careers, health, entertainment, and sports. 


We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry
Set in 1989 Danvers, Massachusetts, this tour de female force, the Danvers High School Falcons Varsity field hockey team is on an unaccountable streak, discovering that witchcraft of their Salem forebears may be the key to a winning season. In chapters dense with '80s iconography, Quan Barry expertly weaves the individual and collective journeys of this enchanted team. These witches and their teammates are as wily and original as their North of Boston ancestors, flouting society's stale notions of femininity to find their true selves in a celebration of teen girldom in all its glory.

The Keeper : Soccer, Me, and the Law That Changed Women's Lives by Kelcey Ervick
A beautifully illustrated coming-of-age graphic memoir chronicling how sports shaped one young girl's life and changed women's history forever. The Keeper brings to life forgotten figures who understood the importance of athletics to help women step into their confidence and power--and push for equality. Full of 1980s nostalgia and heart, The Keeper is a celebration of how far we have come and a reminder of how far we have to go.

Hysterical : A Memoir by Elissa Bassist
Equal parts medical mystery, cultural criticism, and rallying cry, writer Elissa Bassist shares her journey to reclaim her authentic voice in a culture that doesn't listen to women. Hysterical is a memoir of a voice lost and found, and a primer on new ways to think about a woman's voice, where it's being squashed and where it needs amplification. Bassist breaks her own silences and calls on others to do the same--to unmute their voice, listen to it above all others, and use it again without regret..

Burn It Down : Power, Complicity, and a Call for Change in Hollywood by Maureen Ryan
In this spectacular, newsmaking exposé that has the entertainment industry abuzz and on its heels, Vanity Fair's Maureen Ryan blows the lid on patterns of harassment and bias in Hollywood, the grassroots reforms under way, and the labor and activist revolutions that recent scandals have ignited. It is never just One Bad Man.

On Rotation : A Novel by Shirlene Obuobi
Ghanaian-American Angela Appiah has checked off all the boxes for the "Perfect Immigrant Daughter." But then it quickly all falls. It's a quarter life crisis of epic proportions. Angie, who has always faced her problems by working "twice as hard to get half as far," is at a loss. Suddenly, she begins to question her career choice, her friendships, even why she's attracted to men who don't love her as much as she loves them. For fans of Grey's Anatomy and Seven Days in June, this dazzling debut novel by Shirlene Obuobi explores that time in your life when you must decide what you want, how to get it, and who you are, all while navigating love, friendship, and the realization that the path you're traveling is going to be a bumpy ride.

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
Set in 1960s California, this blockbuster debut is the hilarious, idiosyncratic and uplifting story of a female scientist whose career is constantly derailed by the idea that a woman's place is in the home, only to find herself starring as the host of America's most beloved TV cooking show. Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it's the 1960s and despite the fact that she is a scientist, her peers are very unscientific when it comes to equality. Elizabeth's singular approach to cooking and independent example are proving revolutionary. Because Elizabeth isn't just teaching women how to cook, she's teaching them how to change the status quo. Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its protagonist.

The Animators : A Novel by Kayla Rae Whitaker
Two women, who met in an art class in college and instantly became best friends, try to salvage their relationship after their successful animated filmmaking partnership nearly destroys their personal lives almost a decade later. In the male-dominated field of animation, Mel Vaught and Sharon Kisses are a dynamic duo, the friction of their differences driving them. But with their success come doubt and destruction; cracks in their relationship threatening the delicate balance of their partnership. A funny, heartbreaking novel of friendship, art, and trauma, The Animators is about the secrets we keep and the burdens we shed on the road to adulthood.

Serena Singh Flips the Script by Sonya Lalli
Serena Singh is tired of everyone telling her what she should want and she is ready to prove to her mother, her sister, and the aunties in her community that a woman does not need domestic bliss to have a happy life. She is smart, confident, and just got a kick-ass new job at a top advertising firm in Washington, D.C. Serena knew her own dreams did not include marriage or children. But with her mother constantly encouraging her to be more like her sister, Serena can not understand why her parents refuse to recognize that she and her sister want completely different experiences out of life. As Serena reconnects with her family and friends-including her ex-boyfriend-she learns letting people in can make her happier than standing all on her own.

Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia
A sweeping, masterful debut about a daughter's fateful choice, a mother motivated by her own past, and a family legacy that begins in Cuba before either of them were born. From 19th-century cigar factories to present-day detention centers, from Cuba to Mexico, Gabriela Garcia's Of Women and Salt is a kaleidoscopic portrait of betrayals--personal and political, self-inflicted and those done by others--that have shaped the lives of these extraordinary women. A haunting meditation on the choices of mothers, the legacy of the memories they carry, and the tenacity of women who choose to tell their stories despite those who wish to silence them, this is more than a diaspora story; it is a story of America's most tangled, honest, human roots.

Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow
In the late 1800s, three sisters use witchcraft to change the course of history in a Hugo award-winning author's novel of magic amid the suffragette movement. A homage to the indomitable power and persistence of women, The Once and Future Witches reimagines stories of revolution, motherhood, and women's suffrage - the lost ways are calling.

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: intimate histories of social upheaval by Saidiya Hartman
In Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, Saidiya Hartman examines the revolution of black intimate life that unfolded in Philadelphia and New York at the beginning of the twentieth century. Free love, common-law and transient marriages, serial partners, cohabitation outside of wedlock, queer relations, and single motherhood were among the sweeping changes that altered the character of everyday life and challenged traditional Victorian beliefs about courtship, love, and marriage. For the first time, young black women are credited with shaping a cultural movement that transformed the urban landscape. Through a melding of history and literary imagination, Wayward Lives recovers their radical aspirations and insurgent desires.

Why They Marched : Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote by Susan Ware
Looking beyond the national leadership of the suffrage movement, an acclaimed historian gives voice to the thousands of women from different backgrounds, races, and religions whose local passion and protest resounded throughout the land.


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