Marching Ahead: Books to Celebrate Women’s History Month

This last year brought about a sea change nationwide in the ways that women have come together as a social, cultural, and political force. The #MeToo movement has broken years of silence around sexual assault and harassment, women turned out in historic numbers to march on Washington, and women are running for public office at record levels. In fact, multiple media outlets have dubbed 2018 “The Year of the Woman.”

In these times, honoring women’s history takes on special resonance. As such, we’re joining the celebrations the best way we know how—through books! Here’s a selection of the many books we’ve published over the years on women’s history and women’s issues.

Women Will Vote: Winning Suffrage in New York State by Susan Goodier and Karen Pastorello

Goodier and Pastorello celebrate the 2017 centenary of women’s right to full suffrage in New York State, and highlight the activism of rural, urban, African American, Jewish, immigrant, and European American women, as well as male suffragists, that led to gaining the vote.

We’ll Call You If We Need You: Experiences of Women Working Construction by Susan Eisenberg

A New York Times Book Review “Notable Book of the Year” when it was first published in 1999 (look for the new edition when it comes out this May!), Eisenberg gracefully weaves together the voices and stories of thirty women who worked as carpenters, electricians, ironworkers, painters, and plumbers.

Putting the Barn Before the House: Women and Family Farming in Early Twentieth-Century New York by Grey Osterud

Osterud explores the flexible and varied ways that farming families in south-central New York shared labor before World War I, featuring the voices of the women in these families and the strategies they adopted to ensure they had a say in family decision-making.


The Diary of Hannah Callender Sansom edited by Susan E. Klepp and Karin Wulf

Hannah Callender Sansom witnessed the effects of the tumultuous eighteenth century: political struggles, war and peace, and economic development. This diary is one of the earliest, fullest documents written by an American woman.

Front-Page Girls: Women Journalists in American Culture and Fiction, 1880-1930 by Jean Marie Lutes

The first study of the role of the newspaperwoman in American literary culture at the turn of the twentieth century, this book chronicles the exploits of a neglected group of American women writers that runs counter to the more familiar story of male-dominated newsrooms.


Cheryl Quimba is our Publicity Manager. She likes a nice cup of tea but isn’t English! You can follow her on Twitter @cheryl_quimba.





Marching Ahead: Books to Celebrate Women’s History Month