A Reading And Listening List That *Actually* Gets Women’s History Right

A Reading And Listening List That *Actually* Gets Women’s History Right

As you get older, it becomes increasingly apparent how ridiculously biased your history textbooks were. In adulthood, it can feel like you have an unfathomable amount of unlearning—and then relearning—the history of, well, everything. Women’s history in particular has massive gaps, inconsistencies, and stories that we’ll simply never have access to, because women (mostly black and brown women) were written out entirely.

Women’s History Month is just around the corner, and we look forward to having yet another excuse to pack our reading and listening lists with thereal stories of women’s history. Get your fix of history’s female heroines, from the trouble-making women of Old Hollywood to the thousands of girls hired by the U.S. Army as codebreakers during WWII. We’ve rounded up some reads and listens that are sure to enrich your mind and expose you to corners of women’s history that you never even knew existed. Help undo some of the damage done by your tired high school history books, and find out what the real deal was with the women who shaped the world as we know it.

To Read

Liberating Hollywood: Women Directors and the Feminist Reform of 1970s American Cinema by Maya Montañez Smukler
Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy
Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis by Alexis Coe
She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey
Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women by Brittney C. Cooper