Women’s History Month: Read On | Wyatt’s World

Nonfiction explorations, a grand collection of comics portraits, and a welcome anthology of reimagined tales are just some of the books that help readers celebrate the history and achievements of women.

  • Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu (First Second).
    Bagieu offers an inviting graphic biography of women through history—from those little noted (Josephina Van Gorkum) to household names (Nellie Bly). With joyous art and gleeful text, the artist creates delightful miniportraits of each figure’s life.
  • Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick by Maya Dusenbery (Harper).
    Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest To Make Doctors Believe in Women’s Pain by Abby Norman (Nation: Perseus)
    Both Dusenbery and Norman examine how women are treated by the medical industry—from doctors who dismiss the severity of women’s complaints to research that discounts female biology.
  • The Feminist Revolution: The Struggle for Women’s Liberation by Bonnie J. Morris & D-M Withers (Smithsonian).
    With a foreword by Roxane Gay, this illustrated history surveys feminist movements from the 1960s to the 1980s. Taking an international approach, it addresses topics such as publishing, the media, and decades of antiwar efforts.
  • The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg (Holt).
    Reconceptualized fairy tales, folk tales, and other well-known stories take on a wickedly smart, sharp, and feminist critique in Ortberg’s anthology, which reworks with verve The Velveteen Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, The Frog Prince, and more.
  • The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight To Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss (Viking).
    In the summer of 1920, a vote in the Tennessee legislature to ratify the 19th Amendment held the future power of women in its grip. It was the final state to say yes in order to give women the vote. Weiss’s mix of history and journalism details this essential fight.
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Neal Wyatt About Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at Readers_Shelf@comcast.net

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