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So Many Books!

Celebrate Women's History Month with the Stump Library! These are just a few of the amazing books we have. Looking for more? Just ask!

The 2020 theme for Women's History Month is "Valiant Women of the Vote," and the books listed below celebrate women and girls who got the vote--and get things done. Interested in more? Keep scrolling - there are even more books listed!

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Faith: Religion, Theology, & More

Goddess of the Americas: Writings on the Virgin of Guadalupe edited by Ana Castillo: Celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe with these essays, stories, and comics, curated by Chicago writer Ana Castillo. Prefiere leer en español? Se puede leer Diosa de las Américas: Escritos Sobre la Virgen de Guadalupe

And the Spirit Moved Them: The Lost Radical History of America's First Feminists by Helen Hunt: The story of some of America's first feminists and their radical, religious approach to equality.

Lucretia Mott Speaks: The Essential Speeches and Sermons compiled and edited by Christopher Densmore, Carol Faulkner, Nancy Hewitt, & Beverly Wilson Palmer

Preaching Women: Gender, Power, and the Pulpit by Liz Shercliffe 

And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy: Stories from the Byways of American Women and Religion by Adrian Shirk

Literature: Novels, Poetry, & Stories


If They Come For Us by Fatimah Asghar

The January Children by Safia Elhillo

1919 by Eve L. Ewing

Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing

Graphic Novels

Ironheart: Those With Courage by Eve L. Ewing, Matt Milla, & Clayton Cowles, et al

Hot Comb by Ebony Flowers

Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women's Fight for Their Rights by Mikki Kendall & A. D'Amico, et al.

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi 

Novels & Novels in Verse

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Kindred by Octavia Butler

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (co-winner of the 2019 Man Book Prize)

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor 

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez (local author)

Yo no soy tu perfect hija méxicana por Erika L. Sánchez (local author)

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Essays, Short Stories, & Collections

Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Words and Writings by Women of African Descent, from the Ancient Egyptians to the Present edited by Margaret Busby

The Answer / La Respuesta by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz with an English translation by Electa Arenal & Amanda Powell

New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent edited by Margaret Busby

Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves edited by Glory Edim

Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World edited by Zahra Hankir

Ladies' Night at the Dreamland by Sonja Livingston

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations by Toni Morrison

Social Sciences: History, Sociology, Theory, & Beyond

Arab and Arab-American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, & Belonging edited by Rabab Abdulhadi, Evelyn Alsultany, & Nadine Christine Naber

Dear Ijeawele: Or, A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie

Veiled Superheroes: Islam, Feminism, and Popular Culture by Sophia Rose Arjana

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women edited by Lisa Charleyboy & Mary Beth Leatherdale 

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper

Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

100 Years of Women's Suffrage: A University of Illinois Press Anthology edited by Dawn Durante

The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls by Mona Eltahawy

Mestiza Rhetorics: An Anthology of Mexicana Activism in the Spanish-Language Press, 1887-1922 edited by Jessica Enoch & Cristina Devereaux Ramírez & translated by Joel Bollinger Pouwels & Neil Jay Devereaux 

Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets by Feminista Jones

For the Freedom of Her Race: Black Women and Electoral Politics in Illinois, 1877-1932 by Lisa G. Materson 

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped WIn the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

Fifty Million Rising: The New Generation of Working Women Transforming the Muslim World by Saadia Zahidi

Books for Young Folks

Picture Books

Parker Looks Up by Parker Curry, Jessica Parker, & Brittany Jackson 

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré by Anika Denise & Paola Escobar

Sembrando Historias: Pura Belpré: Bibliotecaria y Narradora de Cuentos por Anika Denise & Paola Escobar y tranducida por Omayra Ortiz

Dancing Hands by Margarita Engle & Rafael López

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle & Rafael López

The Women Who Caught the Babies: A Story of African American Midwives by Eloise Greenfield & Daniel Minter

Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman by Nikki Grimes & Earl B. Lewis

Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolan

When Marian Sang by Pam Muñoz Ryan & Brian Selznick

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly, Winifred Conkling, & Laura Freeman

Malala's Magic Pencil written by Malala Yousafazi & Kerascoët

Works for Elementary Folks

Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro & Marion Lindsay

Meet Yasmin! by Saadia Faruqi & Hatem Aly

Yasmin in Charge! by Saadia Faruqi & Hatem Aly

Works for Middle-Grade Folks

Stella Díaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez

Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly

The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez 

La Primera Regla del Punk by Celia C. Pérez 

Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers by Celia C. Pérez

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée

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