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This is more than just Ohio Women’s History. I wanted to share with you my collection of Women’s History Books because I think it is important, not just to focus on your own ancestry, but on your gender history as well. Please note I have put an asterisk next to Ohio Women’s books and then “YP” next to the books specifically written in young person’s font/print. I will add more books going forward as I acquire them. 

Women’s Biographies, Memoirs and Autobiographies:

Chanel and her World, By Edmonde Charles-Roux – 1979

Annie Oakley and the World of her Time *YP, By Clifford Linsey Alderman – 1979

Susan B. Anthony Slept Here: A Guide to Women’s Landmarks *(an Ohio section), By Lynn Sherr and Jurate Kazickas – 1976, 1994 

ByLines: A photobiography of Nellie Bly YP, By Sue Macy – 2009

Ten Days in a Mad-House (a memoir), By Nellie Bly – 1887 (paperback reprint 2014)

 Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo, By Hayden Herrera – 1983

 Frida Kahlo (A collection of her paintings), Walker Art Center – 2007 

A Woman of Valor: Clara Barton and the Civil War, By Stephen B. Oates – 1994 

Notorious Victoria *, By Mary Gabriel – 1998 

The Song of Bernadette (Historical Fiction), By Franz Werfel – 1942, 1970, 2006 

In Winter We Flourish: Life and Letters of Sarah Worthington King Peter 1800-1877 *, By Anna Shannon McAllister – 1939

Maria Callas: The Woman Behind the Legend, By Arianna (Stassinopoulous) Huffington – 1981

 Isabel Allende: My Invented Country (a memoir), By Isabel Allende – 2003 

Goldie: A Lotus Grows in the Mud (a memoir), By Goldie Hawn with Wendy Holden – 2005 

Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay, By Nancy Milford – 2011

Zelda: A Biography, By Nancy Milford – 1970, 2011

Hannah Senesh: Her Life and Diary, Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishing House, Ltd. – 1966, 1973

The Accidental Princess (Historical Fiction), By Allison Pataki – 2015 

Great Catherine: The Life of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, By Carolly Erickson – 1994

Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life, By Queen Noor – 2003

By Myself and Then Some, By Lauren Bacall – 1978, 2005

Juliette Gordon Low and the Girl Scouts: The Story of an American Woman 1860-1927 YP, Edited by Anne Hyde Choate and Helen Ferris – 1928

Lady from Savannah: The Life of Juliette Low, By Gladys Penny Shultz and Daisy Gordon Lawrence – 1958, 1988

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, By Emily Dickinson – 1890 … and my book 1960

A Woman for President: the Story of Victoria Woodhull *YP, By Kathleen Krull and Illustrations by Jane Dyer – 2004

Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait, By Kendra Bean – 2013 

Fire: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin 1934-1937, By Anaïs Nin – (published by Rupert Pole in 1995)

Erma Bombeck: A Life in Humor *, By Susan Edwards – 1997

Hillbilly Elegy *, J.D. Vance – 2016 (which includes the story of Bonnie Vance or “Mamaw”)

Women’s History and Collections:

Women’s Inhumanity to Women, By Phyllis Chesler – 2009

Ohio’s Remarkable Women: Daughters, Wives, Sisters and Mothers Who Shaped History *, By Greta Anderson, Revised by Susan Sawyer – 2015

Wicked Women of Northeast Ohio *, by Jane Ann Turzillo – 2011

Witchcraze: A New History of the European Witch Hunts, By Anne Llewellyn Barstow – 1994

They Saw the Elephant: Women in the California Gold Rush, By JoAnn Levy – 1992, 2014

4000 Years of Uppity Women, By  Vicki León – 2011

Rosie’s Daughters: The “First Women To” Generation Tells Its Story, By Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett – 2007

Bad Girls: The Most Powerful, Shocking, Amazing, Thrilling, and Dangerous Women of All Time, By Jan Stradling – 2008

Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and their Journey, By Isabel Fonseca – 1995

The 100 Greatest Women of All Time, By Deborah G. Felder – 1996, 1997

The American Frugal Housewife – Dedicated to Those Who Are Not Ashamed of Economy, By Mrs. Child 1832 (Applewood Books Carlisle, MA – Twelfth Edition)

Look to Lazarus *, By David and Beverly Meyers and Elise Meyers Walker – 2011 (Note: I am including this book for its impact on local Women’s History and Jobs for Women)