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Women's History Month 2023

Updated: Mar 31, 2023

In a perfect world, people of all genders, races, and backgrounds would be recognized and remembered for their contributions to society and the world. Women’s history, Black history, the history of many countries and cultures across our planet, are not often part of our schooling. That is why it is important to acknowledge the little we know and to shine a light on some people and events we may have missed out on. There are so many fascinating places to explore! The theme of this year’s Women’s History Month is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories,” and of course stories are a great way to begin that exploration. Some of my own favorites, in no particular order, until I am out of room on my page:

Joy Harjo: Crazy Brave and Poet Warrior

Alice Walker: Temple of My Familiar

Ann Fessler: The Girls Who Went Away

Toni Morrison: Beloved

Madeline Miller: Circe

Elizabeth Alexander: The Light of the World

Samantha Irby: We are Never Meeting in Real Life

Rebecca Skloot: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale

Maggie O’Farrell: Hamnet

Maya Angelou: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Katherine Boo: Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Leonora Carrington: The Hearing Trumpet Nawal

El Saadawi: Woman at Point Zero

Gioia Diliberto: Hadley

Thomas Hardy: Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Ghada Karmi: Return: A Palestinian Memoir

Jamaica Kinkaid: A Small Place

Barbara Kingsolver: The Lacuna

–Gina Aranki, Executive Director of Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan

Check out our awesome, fearless leader Gina in the just released Record Eagle – Women's History Special Edition.

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