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Women's History Month: Book Recommendations

Resources and events to celebrate Women's History Month at Contra Costa County Library

Books About Women

1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Women's History
Ada's Algorithm: How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age
Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World
The Secret History of Wonder Woman
Broad Band: the Untold Story of the Women who Made the Internet
Creating Their Own Image: the History of African-American Women Artists
Rock-and-Roll Woman: the 50 Fiercest Female Rockers
Fifty Black Women who Changed America
The Little Book of Feminist Saints
Self-Portraits: Twelve Filipina Artists Speak

Women's History Month 2019: Visionary Women

The National Women's History Alliance: NWHA's 2019 theme Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence honors women who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society. Contra Costa County Libraries are proud to provide book recommendations that support these women's stories.

From The National Women's History Alliance:

"For generations, women have resolved conflicts in their homes, schools, and communities. They have rejected violence as counterproductive and stressed the need to restore respect, establish justice, and reduce the causes of conflict as the surest way to peace. From legal defense and public education to direct action and civil disobedience, women have expanded the American tradition of using inclusive, democratic and active means to reduce violence, achieve peace, and promote the common good.

From women’s rights and racial justice to disarmament and gun control, the drive for nonviolent change has been championed by visionary women. These women consciously built supportive, nonviolent alternatives and loving communities as well as advocating change. They have given voice to the unrepresented and hope to victims of violence and those who dream of a peaceful world."


For more information, please see this link to

National Women's History Project logo




Who Was? Biography Series

Classics by Women Authors

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Their Eyes Were Watching God
The Color Purple