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Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month – a celebration of vital contributions by women in American history and society. Women history is a rich quilt of trailblazing leaders who have fought for equality, shaped our progress, and strengthened our character as a nation. The Santa Ana Public Library encourages our patrons to explore, observe, and understand the history of women through our rich collection and online resources.


Books for Teens

Our Stories, Our Voices: 21 YA Authors Get Real About Injustice, Empowerment, and Growing Up Female in America Our Stories, Our Voices: 21 YA Authors Get Real About Injustice, Empowerment, and Growing Up Female in America by Reedm Amy This collection of twenty-one essays from major YA authors--including award-winning and bestselling writers--touches on a powerful range of topics related to growing up female in today's America, and the intersection with race, religion, and ethnicity. Sure to inspire hope and solidarity to anyone who reads it, Our Stories, Our Voices belongs on every young woman's shelf.
Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History by Schatz, Kate Rad Women Worldwide tells fresh, engaging, and amazing tales of perseverance and radical success by pairing well-researched and riveting biographies with powerful and expressive cut-paper portraits. The book features an array of diverse figures from 430 BCE to 2016, spanning 31 countries around the world.
Jane Against the World: Roe V. Wade and the Fight for Reproductive Rights Jane Against the World: Roe V. Wade and the Fight for Reproductive Rights by Blumenthal, Karen

A history of the fight for reproductive rights in the United States. Tracing the path to the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade and the continuing battle for women's rights, Blumenthal examines the root causes of the current debate around abortion and repercussions that have affected generations of American women

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Ignotofsky, Rachel The New York Times bestseller Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world.
History vs. Women: The Defiant Lives That They Don't Want You to Know History vs. Women: The Defiant Lives That They Don't Want You to Know by Sarkeesian, Anita Looking through the ages and across the globe, Anita Sarkeesian, founder of Feminist Frequency, along with Ebony Adams PHD, have reclaimed the stories of twenty-five remarkable women who dared to defy history and change the world around them. From Mongolian wrestlers to Chinese pirates, Native American ballerinas to Egyptian scientists, Japanese novelists to British Prime Ministers, History vs Women will reframe the history that you thought you knew.
Renegate Women in Film and TV Renegate Women in Film and TV by Weitzman, Elizabeth Renegate Women in Film and TV blends stunning illustrations, fascinating biographical profiles, and exclusive interviews with icons like Barbra Streisand, Rita Moreno, and Sigourney Weaver to celebrate the accomplishments of 50 extraordinary women throughout the history of entertainment. Each profile highlights the groundbreaking accomplishments and essential work of pioneers from the big and small screens, offering little-known facts about household names and crucial introductions to overlooked pioneers.
Still I Rise: The Persistence of Phenomenal Women Still I Rise: The Persistence of Phenomenal Women by Wagman-Geller, Marlene Still I Rise takes its title from a work by Maya Angelou and it resonates with the same spirit of an unconquerable soul, a woman who is captain of her fate. It embodies the strength of character of the inspiring women profiled. Each chapter will outline the fall and rise of great women heroes who smashed all obstacles, rather than let all obstacles smash them.
Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Bagieu, Pénélope With her characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Penelope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this comic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.
Atomic Women: The Untold Stories of the Scientists Who Helped Create the Nuclear Bomb Atomic Women: The Untold Stories of the Scientists Who Helped Create the Nuclear Bomb by Montillo, Roseanne

They were recruited to help. But they didn't know the consequences of their work. It appeared their expertise had come to fruition. The bomb had exploded. The test in New Mexico had been a success. It didn't matter that they had not been invited to witness it. What mattered was that the Americans had succeeded first. But what about all of the innocent people caught in the middle? What would happen to them? Book jacket.

A Pirate's Life for She: Swashbuckling Women Through the Ages A Pirate's Life for She: Swashbuckling Women Through the Ages by Duncombe, Laura Sook In this Seven Seas history of the world's female buccaneers, A Pirate's Life for She tells the story of sixteen women who through the ages sailed alongside -- and sometimes in command of -- their male counterparts. These women came from all walks of life but had one thing in common: a desire for freedom. History has largely ignored these female swashbucklers, until now.

Books for Adults

Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? by Nochlin, Linda Many scholars have called Linda Nochlin's seminal essay on women artists the first real attempt at a feminist history of art. In her revolutionary essay, Nochlin refused to answer the question of why there had been no 'great women artists' on its own corrupted terms, and instead, she dismantled the very concept of greatness, unraveling the basic assumptions that created the male-centric genius in art. With unparalleled insight and wit, Nochlin questioned the acceptance of a white male viewpoint in art history.
With Her Fist Raised With Her Fist Raised: Dorothy Pitman Hughes and the Transformative Power of Black Community Activism by Lovett, Laura L. The first biography of Dorothy Pitman Hughes, co-founder of Ms. Magazine and trailblazing Black feminist activist whose work made children, race, and welfare rights central to the women's movement
The Women's March The Women's March: A Novel of the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession by Chiaverini, Jennifer New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini returns with The Women's March, an enthralling historical novel of the woman's suffrage movement inspired by three courageous women who bravely risked their lives and liberty in the fight to win the vote.
Sidelined: Sports, Culture, and Being a Woman in America Sidelined: Sports, Culture, and Being a Woman in America by DiCaro, Julie Throughout her experiences covering professional sports for more than a decade, DiCaro has been outspoken about the exploitation of the female body, the covert and overt sexism women face in the workplace, and the male-driven toxicity in sports fandom. Now, through candid interviews, personal anecdotes, and deep research, she's tackling these thorny issues and exploring what America can do to give women a fair and competitive playing field in sports and beyond.
Strong Like Her Strong Like Her: A Celebration of Rule Breakers, History Makers, and Unstoppable Athletes by Shapley, Haley An inspiring tribute to female athletes - those who have paved the way throughout history and those who continue to push the boundaries of what it means to be strong.
Untamed Untamed by Doyle, Glennon In her most revealing and powerful memoir yet, the activist, speaker, bestselling author, and "patron saint of female empowerment" Glennon Doyle explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet others' expectations and start trusting the voice deep within us
Over It Over It: How to Face Life’s Hurdles with Grit, Hustle, and Grace by Jones, Lolo Three-time Olympian Lolo Jones delivers a tough yet inspiring look into the strategies she has used to overcome immense obstacles on her way to becoming the number-one women's hurdler in the world.
Mujeres del alma mía Mujeres del alma mía: Sobre el amor impaciente, la vida larga y las brujas buenas by Allende, Isabel Inició su carrera literaria en el periodismo, en Chile y en Venezuela. En 1982 su primera novela, La casa de los espíritus, se convirtió en uno de los títulos míticos de la literatura latinoamericana. A ella le siguieron otros muchos, todos los cuales han sido éxitos internacionales. Su obra ha sido traducida a cuarenta idiomas y ha vendido más de setenta millones de ejemplares, siendo la escritora más vendida en lengua española. Ha recibido más de sesenta premios internacionales, entre ellos el Premio Nacional de Literatura de Chile en 2010, el Premio Hans Christian Andersen en Dinamarca, en 2012, por su trilogía «Memorias del Águila y del Jaguar» y la Medalla de la Libertad en los Estados Unidos, la más alta distinción civil, en 2014. En 2018, Isabel Allende se convirtió en la primera escritora en lengua española premiada con la medalla de honor del National Book Award, en los Estados Unidos por su gran aporte al mundo de las letras.
Mujeres : nuestra historia Mujeres : nuestra historia Te has preguntado alguna vez por qu apenas aparecen mujeres en los libros de historia? Qu hac an por entonces? Este libro te lo explica. Mujeres: nuestra historia revisa las vidas de las mujeres a trav s de los siglos y los continentes. Analiza los papelesque desempe aron, a menudo ignorados, y presenta a las pioneras y transgresoras que se atrevieron a ser diferentes. Desde reinas guerreras hasta astronautas, desde el sufragio femenino hasta la revoluci n sexual, aqu est la otra cara de la historia.
La espía La espía by Steel, Danielle Danielle Steel nos transporta desde la Segunda Guerra Mundial hasta los años de la Guerra Fría en esta historia repleta de emoción y aventura

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Daring Women Doctors: Physicians in the 19th Century Daring Women Doctors: Physicians in the 19th Century Directed by Valerie Scoon At this crucial time when women physicians and nurses are contributing significantly to our community's health, this documentary provides a look at the challenging and illuminating history of 19th century women doctors. Hidden in American history, all-women's medical schools began to appear in the mid-19th century long before women had the right to vote or own property.
The Inspiration Series: Bold Women in Media The Inspiration Series: Bold Women in Media Produced by Stash Media Drawn from across popular culture, Stash Magazine presents a striking selection of short films, music videos, game trailers and brand videos showcasing women and girls as forces of nature - powerful players in roles real and imagined.
RBG RBG Directed by Betsy West, Julie Cohen At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. Explore her unique and unknown personal journey of her rise to the nation's highest court.
Michelle Obama: Life After the White House Michelle Obama: Life After the White House Directed by Jordan Hill Former First Lady MICHELLE OBAMA'S story has just begun. The Obamas have remained quite busy with their new life of activism which includes their issue-oriented production company, Higher Ground, which won an Oscar for Best Documentary in 2020. Mrs. Obama's autobiography, Becoming, has become the best-selling memoir of all time and even won a Grammy following the publication of her book.
Nurse Helen Fairchild Nurse Helen Fairchild Directed by Christine E. Hallett, Nelle Rote Bravery, compassion and the will to save lives motivated the young Nurse Helen Fairchild to leave home in Pennsylvania and embark on a journey to Europe, where she served as a surgical nurse during the World War I. This short documentary recounts her fascinating story and the quest for Fairchild's recognition as a war hero who died at the front lines.
Patsy Mink Patsy Mink Directed by Kimberlee Bassford In 1965, Patsy Takemoto Mink became the first woman of color in the United States Congress. Seven years later, she ran for U.S. president and co-authored Title IX, the landmark legislation that opened up higher education and athletics to America's women. The film goes beyond Mink's accomplishments to reveal a woman whose political journey was often lonely and tumultuous. Dispelling stereotypes of the compliant Japanese female, she encountered sexism within her own party, whose leaders disliked her independent style and openly maneuvered against her.
Bombshell Bombshell Directed by Hedy Lamarr, Jennifer Hom, Mel Brooks Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr fled an oppressive marriage to create a name for herself as one of Hollywood's top leading ladies in the 1940s. Behind the glamour and sex appeal, though, was a talented and inquisitive inventor who created a radio system that is now considered the basis of Bluetooth technology.
Salam Salam Directed by Claire Fowler Salam (Hana Chamoun) is a Lyft driver from a tight knit family. A portion of her family lives in Syria. When her New York based family gets word of a bombing in Syria, it's a waiting game to know if their loved ones are ok. To rest her nerves, Salam decides to go to work. She picks up Audrey (Leslie Bibb), who seems to be in distress herself. The exchange that follows is a layered interaction of surface expectations versus what's really underneath the surface of our daily lives.
Professor Marston & the Wonder Women Professor Marston & the Wonder Women Directed by Angela Robinson A superhero origin tale unlike any other, PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist and inventor Dr. William Moulton Marston to create the iconic feminist superhero Wonder Woman.
Sacheen Sacheen Directed by Peter Spirer Revisiting the achievements of Sacheen Littlefeather, the first woman of color to utilize the Academy Awards to make a political statement.
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