Women’s History Month is a dedicated month to reflect on the often-overlooked contributions of women to United States history. From Sojourner Truth to Rosa Parks, Black Women have fought for equity and inclusion for every person, regardless of “race”, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. Even more, art, culture, science, and business has been enhanced by the presence of Black Women, even when their mere existence was seen as a threat to men, both Black and white alike.
The actual celebration of Women’s History Month grew out of a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history and society organized by the school district of Sonoma, California, in 1978. Presentations were given at dozens of schools, hundreds of students participated in a “Real Woman” essay contest and a parade was held in downtown Santa Rosa.
Check out our curated reading list below. These books will explore the impact, teachings, and genius of Black Women across the globe.
A Curated Reading List for Women’s History Month
Each of the books appearing above was specially selected by our staff to either celebrate women writers who provided the American canon with classic texts or to highlight books that enhance our knowledge of incredible Black women who’ve made an indelible mark on history. Click on any book in the gallery to learn more about that title.