Madame Restell, by Jennifer Wright

Staff Pick

Wright's eye-opening biography is essential to understanding the history of women's health and abortion in the U.S. Arriving in this country from Britain in 1831 with her alcoholic husband, Ann Trow Lohman (1812-1878) was widowed two years later and struggled to survive as a single mother, seamstress, and midwife. With support from her second husband, a free thinker, she offered services as a female physician from the couple's New York City brownstone, and as Madame Restell became an outspoken advocate for women's reproductive rights. Yet despite her eloquence, clinical expertise, and passion, she's been largely written out of the record--an error Wright's compelling book corrects.



Madame Restell: The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Old New York’s Most Fabulous, Fearless, and Infamous Abortionist By Jennifer Wright Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306826795
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Published: Hachette Books - February 28th, 2023

Awakening, by Rachel Vogelstein and Meighan Stone

Staff Pick

This excellent book by lawyer Rachel Vogelstein, an expert on gender policy, and Meighan Stone, formerly head of the Malala Fund, is the first to capture the global impact of the #MeToo movement. The authors construct their case with stories of courageous women who deployed new digital tools to build successful #MeToo movements in seven global hot spots—regions with different histories, cultures, political climates, and records on women’s rights. Awakening does not whitewash the backlash against those who challenge gender injustice, but overall the authors are confident that women can continue to galvanize and organize powerful movements to create change around the world.

Awakening: #MeToo and the Global Fight for Women's Rights By Rachel B. Vogelstein, Meighan Stone Cover Image
ISBN: 9781541758629
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Published: PublicAffairs - July 13th, 2021

Women and Other Monsters, by Jess Zimmerman

Staff Pick

"To be woman is to be monstrous," Zimmerman writes, and in essays as arresting as this statement, she shows that this monstrousness, far from being the fault condemned by patriarchal culture, is a source of strength women should accept and foster. Blending personal stories, Greek mythology, and reflections on femininity, Zimmerman asks what would happen if women, instead of being pliant, allowed themselves to bare their claws, be fearsome, and fight back? Monsters like Medusa, the Sirens, the Furies, and the many others Zimmerman discusses, are powerful, unrestrained, and enduring; through their examples, Zimmerman calls for women to embrace their powers--razor teeth, snake hair, and all. 

Women and Other Monsters: Building a New Mythology By Jess Zimmerman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807054932
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Published: Beacon Press - March 9th, 2021