The Women Who Run the World

From the first woman of color elected as Vice President of the United States, to the legendary Queen Bey, to the trail-blazing career of a female sportswriter—women continue to change history and break glass ceilings.

Help us celebrate the women who’ve led the way! Explore just a handful of books that share their stories with the world.

Dear Kamala

Women Write to the New Vice President

Peggy Brooks-Bertram, Arlette Miller Smith

February 16th, 2021

Melania and Michelle

First Ladies in a New Era

Tammy R. Vigil

September 1st, 2019

Beyoncé

At Work, On Screen, and Online

Martin Iddon, Melanie L. Marshall, Emily J. Lordi, Will Fulton, Lisa Colton, Julia Cox, Jaap Kooijman, Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley, Eduardo Viñuela, Mary Fogarty Woehrel, Áine Mangaoang, Melissa Avdeeff

November 17th, 2020

Josephine Baker's Cinematic Prism

Terri Simone Francis

January 19th, 2021

A Farewell to Arms, Legs, and Jockstraps

A Sportswriter's Memoir

Diane K. Shah

April 28th, 2020

Dolly Parton, Gender, and Country Music

Leigh H. Edwards

January 6th, 2018

England in the Age of Austen

Jeremy Black

March 2nd, 2021

Women and the Decade of Commemorations

Oona Frawley, Mary McAuliffe, Diane Urquhart, Laura McAtackney, Dianne Hall, Síobhra Aiken, Sonja Tiernan, Finnuala Walsh, Donna Gilligan, Margaret Ward, Eve Morrison, Roisín Higgins, Maeve Casserly, Brenda O'Connell, Sinéad Kennedy, Eli Davies, Linda Connolly

January 26th, 2021

Provocauteurs and Provocations

Screening Sex in 21st Century Media

Maria San Filippo

February 2nd, 2021

Mary Ellen Bute

Pioneer Animator

Kit Smyth Basquin

June 23rd, 2020

Jumping the Color Line

Vernacular Jazz Dance in American Film, 1929–1945

Susie Trenka

February 2nd, 2021

Conceiving Agency

Reproductive Authority among Haredi Women

Michal S. Raucher

September 1st, 2020

The Obligated Self

Maternal Subjectivity and Jewish Thought

Mara H. Benjamin

May 24th, 2018

Gender, Pleasure, and Violence

The Construction of Expert Knowledge of Sexuality in Poland

Agnieszka Kościańska, Marta Rozmysłowicz

January 1st, 2021

Women and Genocide

Survivors, Victims, Perpetrators

Elissa Bemporad, Joyce W. Warren

April 10th, 2018

Women of the Midan

The Untold Stories of Egypt's Revolutionaries

Sherine Hafez

April 3rd, 2019

The Liberation of Winifred Bryan Horner

Writer, Teacher, and Women's Rights Advocate

Elaine J. Lawless

March 5th, 2018

The Education of Alice Hamilton

From Fort Wayne to Harvard

Matthew C. Ringenberg, William C. Ringenberg, Joseph D. Brain

November 1st, 2019

Women and the Gift

Beyond the Given and All-Giving

Morny Joy, Deborah Lyons, Lorraine Markotic, Nancy J. Holland, Kathleen O'Grady, Mariana Ortega, Maria C. Cimitile, Sal Renshaw, Rachel Muers, Victoria Barker

September 17th, 2013

Women of Science

Righting the Record

Gabriele Kass-Simon, Patricia Farnes M.D.

March 22nd, 1990

Frankenstein 200

The Birth, Life, and Resurrection of Mary Shelley's Monster

Rebecca Baumann

April 25th, 2018

Black Women Scientists in the United States

Wini Warren

February 22nd, 2000

Women, Development, and the UN

A Sixty-Year Quest for Equality and Justice

Devaki Jain

October 17th, 2005

Inez

The Life and Times of Inez Milholland

Linda J. Lumsden

September 6th, 2016

Mrs. Russell Sage

Women's Activism and Philanthropy in Gilded Age and Progressive Era America

Ruth Crocker

July 30th, 2008

Feminism and Film

Maggie Humm

June 22nd, 1997

Black Women in White

Racial Conflict and Cooperation in the Nursing Profession, 1890–1950

Darlene Clark Hine

July 29th, 2020

A History of Women in Russia

From Earliest Times to the Present

Barbara Evans Clements

June 29th, 2012