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Muntz Library Features Book Display for Women's History Month 2010

March is National Women’s History Month. In addition, March 8 is International Women's Day. To honor the achievements and contributions of women, the Robert R. Muntz Library is pleased to present a book and artifacts display in the library's third floor. The display can be viewed on the third floor of the library during library regular hours. It is free and open to the public. We have placed the following books in the display case. The books are listed by author's last name, and they are usually located in the third floor general collection stacks unless otherwise noted. All books in the display case are available for checkout. You can just visit the Circulation Desk on the second floor, and a member of the Circulation staff will be happy to open the display case for you to take the book.
  • Achterberg, Jeanne, Woman as Healer. R692 .A24 1991. "This groundbreaking work examines the role of women in the Western healing traditions. Drawing on the disciplines of history, anthropology, botany, archaeology, and the behavioral sciences, Jeanne Achterberg discusses the ancient cultures in which women worked as independent and honored healers; the persecution of women healers in the witch hunts of the Middle Ages; the development of midwifery and nursing as women's professions in the nineteenth century; and the current role of women and the state of the healing arts, as a time of crisis in the health-care professions coincides with the reemergence of feminine values" (from publisher description).
  • Adams, Katherine H. and Michael L. Keen, Alice Paul and the American Suffrage Campaign. HQ1413 .P38 A23 2008. This is "a biography of Alice Paul (1885-1977), an American feminist whose important contributions to the women's suffrage movement are generally overlooked in historical accounts" (from publisher description).
  • Benedict, Helen, The Lonely Soldier: the Private War of Women Serving in Iraq. DS 79.76 .B445 2009 (this one is part of the Bestseller Collection, 2nd floor reading room). "In Iraq more women soldiers have been in harm's way than ever before, making a mockery of the official policy barring women from combat. These women face special challenges, such as isolation, sexual predation, misogyny, to say nothing of firefights, Improvised Explosive Devices, and post-traumatic stress disorder" (from Library Journal review).
  • Bravo, Ellen, Taking on the Big Boys, or Why Feminism is Good for Families, Business, and the Nation. HQ1190 .B75 2007. "The feisty humor of Molly Ivins and the journalistic flair of Barbara Ehrenreich meet when longtime labor activist Ellen Bravo relates stories from business and government and women’s testimonies from offices, assembly lines, hospitals, and schools" (from the publisher's description). Jane Fonda praises the book when she says, "“Please, please, please. All working women must read this book! Ellen Bravo not only vividly exposes workplace inequities, she gives real-life solutions, picking up where my film 9 to 5 left off.”
  • Cohen, Marilyn, No Girls in the Clubhouse: the Exclusion of Women from Baseball. GV880.7 .C64 2009. ". . . Cohen's discussion of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League [is] particularly intriguing. This interesting book provides a solid historical and cultural treatment of women and baseball over the years and reveals that, despite barriers, women have found a way to share in the love of this sport and to be counted" (From CHOICE Reviews).
  • Ehrenreich, Barbara, For Her Own Good: 150 Years of the Experts' Advice to Women. HQ1426 .E38 1979. "A provocative new perspective on female history, the history of American medicine and psychology, and the history of child-rearing unlike any other" (from publisher description). This is a classic from the author of Nickel and Dimed.
  • Faderman, Lillian, Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America. "Lillian Faderman tells the compelling story of lesbian life in the 20th century, from the early 1900s to today's diverse lifestyles. Using journals, unpublished manuscripts, songs, news accounts, novels, medical literature, and numerous interviews, she relates an often surprising narrative of lesbian life" (from the publisher's description). In addition, The San Francisco Examiner called it "a key work...the point of reference from which all subsequent studies of 20th-century lesbian life in the United States will begin."
  • Faderman, Lillian, Surpassing the Love of Men: Romantic Friendship and Love Between Women from the Renaissance to the Present. HQ75.5 .F33 1994. "Hailed as "one of the most significant contributions yet made to feminist literature" by The New York Review of Books and praised by Michel Foucault as being "remarkable for its rediscovering of texts and also for its study of feelings that we no longer find in society," this feminist classic is a fascinating history of women's romantic friendships over the centuries" (from the publisher's description).
  • Faludi, Susan. Backlash: the Undeclared War Against American Women. Publishers Weekly said of this book, "This eloquent, brilliantly argued book should be read by everyone concerned about gender equality." Faludi won the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Fiction in 1991 for this book.
  • Floyd, Nancy, She's Got a Gun. HQ1418 .F56 2008. "In 1991 Nancy Floyd bought her first handgun. Soon she was participating in Ladies Day at her local shooting range and reading Women & Guns magazine. In 1993 she began interviewing and photographing women who were fellow gun owners. In 1997 she started researching "gun women" from the past to see how they were represented in the popular imagination. Now she has brought her work together in a book, filled with remarkable photographs and candid first-person stories, accompanied by an eye-opening illustrated history of female gun ownership in America" (from the publisher's description).
  • Freedman, Estelle B, No Turning Back: the History of Feminism and the Future of Women. HQ1121 .F74 2003. Library Journal states that Freedman "offers a comprehensive, accessible synthesis of interdisciplinary feminist scholarship, placing feminism in a global, historical framework."
  • French, Marilyn, From Eve to Dawn: a History of Women. HQ1121 .F74 2008. This is a four volume set. Margaret Atwood, writing for The Times (London) says, "as a reference work it's invaluable: the bibliographies alone are worth the price. And as a warning about the appalling extremes of human behavior and male weirdness, it's indispensable."
  • Gilbert, Neil, A Mother's Work: How Feminism, the Market, and Policy Shape Family Life. HQ 759. 48 .G55 2008. CHOICE magazine identified this book as highly recommended for all libraries and added that "many books written about family-work policies are saturated with complex statistics, numerous qualifications, and rehashed solutions. Few are written in a direct manner with nontraditional (for the US) solutions. In this book refreshingly headed in this direction, Gilbert (social welfare, Berkeley) examines how fertility, maternal employment, child care, and work policies interact to affect each other within a cultural context that still places the needs of the workplace over the needs of the family, and he does so through a feminist lens."
  • Goldstein, Nancy, Jackie Ormes: the First African-American Woman Cartoonist. PN6727 .O74 G65 2008 (note, this is an Oversized volume). "In the first book devoted to Ormes, Goldstein not only recounts with enthusiasm the trailblazing cartoonist’s remarkable story from her birth in Pittsburgh to her celebrity-filled life in Chicago but also keenly analyzes Ormes’ influential cartoons and the role black newspapers played in the struggle for racial equality. With a generous selection of Ormes’ “forward-looking” cartoons resurrected for the first time, this is one exciting and significant book" (from Booklist review).
  • Grunwald, Lisa and Stephen J. Adler, eds., Women's Letters: America from the Revolutionary War to the Present. HQ1410 .W6845 2005. "This collection of more than 400 entries begins with a letter written by Abigail Grant, accusing her husband of cowardice in battle, and ends with an e-mail by Wall Street Journal correspondent Farnaz Fassihi on the stark state of affairs in war-torn Iraq. In between, a wide variety of compelling subjects is covered" (from School Library Journal review).
  • Hinkle, Amber S., Successful Women in Chemistry: Corporate America's Contribution to Science. QD21 .S78 2005. From Chemical Heritage, "this compilation does an invaluable service in providing accounts of women chemists who have made it to the top in corporate America. There are role models for young women chemists to emulate."
  • Hutchinson, Kay Bailey, Leading Ladies: American Trailblazers. CT 3260 .H88 2007. This book is part of the Bestseller Collection (2nd floor reading room). "Mixing historical portraits with modern success stories, Senator Hutchison shows how American women from all periods of history have contributed to the strength and progress of our nation—and no history of the nation can be written without them" (from the publisher's description).
  • Kalisch, Philip Arthur, American Nursing: a History. RT4 .K34 2004. This is a "well illustrated text aids the student in the appreciation of the history and complexity of nursing and the U.S. healthcare system" (from publisher description).
  • McMillen, Sally Gregory, Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women's Rights Movement. HQ1418 .M36 2008. "McMillen, who chairs the history department at Davidson College, presents a fine history of the 1848 Seneca Falls convention, which galvanized the women's movement through the remainder of the 19th century and also affected concurrent struggles for temperance, abolition and educational reform. Narrowing her focus to four suffragists-Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony and Lucy Stone-McMillen nimbly weaves their stories with the larger narrative of reform" (from Publishers Weekly review).
  • Perdue, Theda, ed., Sifters: Native American Women's Lives. E89 .S454 2001. "In this edited volume, Theda Perdue, a nationally known expert on Indian history and southern women's history, offers a rich collection of biographical essays on Native American women. From Pocahontas, a Powhatan woman of the seventeenth century, to Ada Deer, the Menominee woman who headed theBureau of Indian Affairs in the 1990s, the essays span four centuries" (from publisher's description).
  • Reese, Dagmar, Growing up Female in Nazi Germany. HQ1210 .R4713 2006. "The Bund Deutscher Madel was the female section of Hitler Youth. "Growing Up Female in Nazi Germany" examines the way this Nazi organization linked up with the interests of contemporary German girls and young women. Recruiting its members systematically since the end of the 1930s, the BDM encompassed practically all German girls aged ten to fourteen by allowing them latitude for their own development while assigning them responsibilities that gradually integrated them into the National Socialist State" (from the publisher's description).
  • Rimm, Sylvia, See Jane Win: the Rimm Report on How 1,000 Girls Became Successful Women. HQ799.15 R56 1999B. "Noted child psychologist Sylvia Rimm, along with her daughters, a research psychologist and a pediatric oncology researcher, conducted a three-year survey of more than a thousand successful women to uncover what elements of their childhood and adolescence contributed to their success -- and how today's parents can give their own daughters the same advantages. Should you encourage your daughter's competitive streak? How important are social skills? Does birth order make a difference?" (from publisher description).
  • Roberts, Cokie, Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation. E176 .R63 2004. "When most people think about those who helped fight for the independence of and create the government of the United States, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin come to mind. They rarely mention Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, or Eliza Pinckney. However, these and many other women played a significant role, including raising money for the troops, lobbying their spouses to fight for liberty and independence, and eventually hosting events where members of government could meet and discuss issues in a civilized manner. Roberts provides details on the lives and activities of these women and how they helped the country to survive" (from Library Journal review).
  • Roberts, Cokie, Ladies of Liberty: the Women Who Shaped Our Nation. E176 .R65 2008. Part of the Bestseller Collection (2nd floor reading room). "Roberts, political commentator for ABC News and senior news analyst for National Public Radio, adds to her previous volume Founding Mothers with this book, which traces the contributions of influential American women who shaped the country during the period 1797-1825, such as Abigail Adams, Martha Jefferson, Dolley Madison, Eliza Hamilton, Theodosia Burr, Rebecca Gratz, and Sacajawea. The narrative is based on correspondence, private journals, and other documents that illustrate how these women viewed their husbands and fathers, how they were consulted by them on many matters, and their views of society and the issues of the day" (from
  • Sanger, Margaret, Margaret Sanger: An Autobiography. "Margaret Sanger was the founder of the birth control movement in the United States. A trained nurse by profession she founded a magazine on birth control as well as the first birth control clinic in the U.S. located in Brooklyn. She organized the first World Population Conference and was the first president of the International Planned Parenthood Federation. This is her fascinating story" (from publisher's description).
  • Schiff, Karenna Gore, Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America. CT 3260 .S35 2005. "Schiff, journalist, lawyer, and daughter of former vice president Al Gore, highlights the lives of nine women who have had enormous impact on the social and political history of the U.S., though most of them are relatively unknown. . . .This is an inspirational collection of biographies of women of various social, ethnic, and racial backgrounds fighting for social justice" (from Booklist review).
  • Wagner-Martin, Linda, The Oxford Book of Women's Writing in the United States. PS508.W7 O95 1999. "Provocative and compulsively readable, lively, engaging, and brilliantly representative, The Oxford Book of Women's Writing in the United States presents short stories, poems, essays, plays, speeches, performance pieces, erotica, diaries, correspondence, and even a few recipes from nearly onehundred of our best women writers" (from the publisher's description).
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