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Conversations with RGB: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on life, love, liberty, and law / Jeffrey Rosen.

Adult non-fiction   347.7326 Rosen

Her landmark cases -- Marriage between equals -- Roe -- The Bill of Rights and Equal Protection -- Sisters in law -- Nino -- The two chiefs -- When a dissent sparked a meme -- The cases she would overturn -- Measured motions -- #MeToo and a more perfect union -- Margaret Atwood meets RBG -- The heroic legacy.  This is a remarkable and unique book, an informal portrait of Justice Ginsburg, drawing on a series of her conversations with Rosen, starting in the 1990s and continuing through the Trump era. Rosen, a veteran legal journalist, scholar, and president of the National Constitution Center, shares with readers the justice's observations on a variety of topics, and her intellect, compassion, sense of humor, and humanity shine through.

Renegade women in film & TV/ Elizabeth Weitzman; illustrations by Austen Claire Clements

Adult Non-Fiction   791.4365 WEITZMAN

"A charmingly illustrated and timely tribute to the women who broke glass ceilings in film and television, debuting during an historic time of change in the entertainment industry. Renegade Women: 50 Game Changers in Film and TV blends stunning illustrations, fascinating biographical profiles, and exclusive interviews with icons like Barbra Streisand, Rita Moreno, and Sigourney Weaver to celebrate the accomplishments of 50 extraordinary women throughout the history of entertainment. Each profile highlights the groundbreaking accomplishments and essential work of pioneers from the big and small screens, offering little-known facts about household names (Lucille Ball, Oprah Winfrey, Nora Ephron) and crucial introductions to overlooked pioneers (Alla Nazimova, Anna May Wong, Frances Marion). From 19th century iconoclast Alice Guy Blache to 21st century trailblazer Ava DuVernay, Renegade Women honors the women who succeeded against all odds, changing their industry in front of the camera and behind the scenes"--Provided by publisher.




Bad girls throughout history: 100 remarkable women who changed the world / Ann Shen

Adult Non-Fiction   920.72 SHEN

Bad Girls Throughout History features some of the fiercest women of all time - the famous, the infamous, and the ones you haven't even heard of yet. Explore the notable works, impressive feats, and striking portraits of these wild women from around the globe who challenged the status quo"-- Provided by publisher.


In praise of difficult women: life lessons from 29 heroines who dared to break the rules / Karen Karbo; forward by Cheryl Strayed; illustrations by Kimberly Glyder

Adult Non-Fiction    920.72 KARBO


Presents information on female rule-breakers, including Josephine Baker, Jane Goodall, Margaret Cho, and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Visionary women : how Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters changed our world / Andrea Barnet

Adult Non-Fiction   305.4092 BARNET

This is the story of four visionaries who profoundly shaped the world we live in today. Together, these women showed what one person speaking truth to power can do. With a keen eye for historical detail, Andrea Barnet traces the arc of each woman's career and explores how their work collectively changed the course of history. Consummate outsiders, each prevailed against powerful and mostly male adversaries while also anticipating the disaffections of the emerging counterculture.


Harriet Tubman: freedom seeker, freedom leader / Rosemary Sadlier

Adult Biography     B TUB


A house of my own : stories from my life / Sandra Cisneros. 

Adult Biography    B CIS

"From the Chicago neighborhoods where she grew up and set her groundbreaking The House on Mango Street to her abode in Mexico, in a region where "my ancestors lived for centuries," the places Sandra Cisneros has lived have provided inspiration for her now-classic works of fiction and poetry. But a house of her own, where she could truly take root, has eluded her. With this collection--spanning nearly three decades, and including never-before-published work--Cisneros has come home at last."-- Provided by publisher.

Revise the psalm : work celebrating the writing of Gwendolyn Brooks / edited by Quraysh Ali Lansana & Sandra Jackson-Opoku.

 Adult Non-Fiction   813.54 REVISE

Essays, poetry, and art included in this anthology celebrate the one-hundredth birthday of the late poet and cultural icon Gwendolyn Brooks.

Eleanor Roosevelt : in her words : on women, politics, leadership, and lessons from life / Nancy Woloch. 

Adult Non-Fiction    973.917 ROOSEVEL

"This illustrated, first-of-its-kind collection of excerpts from Eleanor Roosevelt's newspaper columns, radio talks, speeches, and correspondence speaks directly to the challenges we face today. Acclaimed for her roles in politics and diplomacy, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt was also a prolific author, journalist, lecturer, broadcaster, educator, and public personality. Using selections from her books, columns, articles, press conferences, speeches, radio talks, and correspondence, Eleanor Roosevelt: In Her Words tracks her contributions from the 1920s, when she entered journalism and public life; through the White House years, when she campaigned for racial justice, the labor movement, and "the forgotten woman"; to the postwar era, when she served at the United Nations and shaped the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Entries touch on Roosevelt's early submissions to women's magazines ("Ten Rules for Success in Marriage"), her insights on women in politics ("Women Must Learn to Play the Game As Men Do"), her commentary on World War II ("What We Are Fighting For"), her work for civil rights ("The Four Equalities"), her clash with Soviet delegates at the UN ("These Same Old Stale Charges"), and her advice columns ("If You Ask Me"). Surprises include her tumultuous childhood, her unique preparation for leadership, the skill with which she defied critics and grasped authority, her competitive stance as a professional, and the force of her political messages to modern readers. Scorning the "America First" mindset, Eleanor Roosevelt underlined the interdependence of people and of nations. Eleanor Roosevelt: In Her Words illuminates her achievement as a champion of civil rights, human rights, and democratic ideals"-- Provided by publisher.


Run to win : lessons in leadership for women changing the world / Stephanie Schriock with Christina Reynolds. 

 Adult New Non-Fiction     320.082 SCHRIOCK

"For the past thirty-five years Emily's List has helped the campaigns of thousands of pro-choice Democratic women, but the hardest part has always been convincing more women to run. Then Donald Trump was elected, and something shifted into place. American women who were furious and frustrated were looking for a way to channel their outrage into action, united in proclaiming, "If that guy can get elected, why not me?""-- Provided by publisher.

50 billion dollar boss : African American women sharing stories of success in entrepreneurship and leadership / Kathey Porter and Andrea Hoffman. 

 Adult Non-Fiction     305.4889 PORTER

"This book looks at several successful African American women and chronicles their success, obstacles, challenges, and lessons learned. The authors have first person access to each of these women and break down their stories to help other aspiring entrepreneurs achieve their dreams of starting or owning their own business"-- Provided by publisher.

Pelosi / Molly Ball.

Adult Biography    B PEL

Presents an intimate portrait of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that illuminates her leadership, less-recognized career accomplishments and her decisions throughout Donald Trump's impeachment.

What I told my daughter: lessons from leaders on raising the next generation of empowered women / edited by Nina Tassler, with Cynthia Littleton

Adult Large-Type Non-Fic     LARGE PRINT 155.433 WHAT

"Entertainment executive Nina Tassler has brought together a powerful, diverse group of women--from Madeleine Albright to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, from Dr. Susan Love to Whoopi Goldberg--to reflect on the best advice and counsel they have given their daughters either by example, throughout their lives, or in character-building, teachable moments between parent and child"-- Provided by publisher.


The book of gutsy women: favorite stories of courage and resilience / Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton

Adult Non-Fiction   920.72 CLINTON

Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter Chelsea share the stories of the gutsy women who have inspired them, women with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done.


Michelle Obama: Her Essential Wisdom/ Carol Kelly-Gangi

Celebrate the grace, humor, style, warmth, and intelligence of Michelle Obama. This illuminating and powerful collection offers new insight into the beloved First Lady, mom, and inspiring leader in her own right. The hundreds of quotes are drawn from appearances, speeches, and interviews that took place during her eight historic years in the White House, as well as her professional and private lives.

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Twenty Years at Hull House / Jane Addams. 

The classic memoir of one of the Progressive Era's most important reformers and social activists. If it is natural to feed the hungry ... it is certainly natural to give pleasure to the young, comfort to the aged, and to minister to the deep-seated craving for social intercourse that all men feel. In 1889, Jane Addams and her partner, Ellen Starr, opened the first settlement house in the United States. On Chicago's West Side, Hull House was devoted to the city's poor and forgotten, from immigrants and unwed mothers to the elderly, homeless, and hungry. Its charter proclaimed its mission "to provide a center for higher civic and social life, to institute and maintain educational and philanthropic enterprises, and to investigate and improve the conditions in the industrial districts of Chicago." In Twenty Years at Hull House, Addams chronicles her revolutionary work from its conception in the Gilded Age through the dawn of the Progressive Era. A cofounder of the American Civil Liberties Union and the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Addams devoted her life to realizing a more noble vision of democracy. More than a personal memoir, Twenty Years at Hull-House is a landmark document of social theory and political history. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.


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The Small Pearl in Every Girl : Affirmations of Life & Leadership From the Power of Her Skirttail / Terry Williams Spicer. 

"In a powerful explosion of Lessons and Affirmations of life, leadership and love, Terry Williams Spicer provides strategic tools for exquisite black and brown girls. Designed for PEARLS of all ages, this poignant book will help them prepare and navigate the journey of life and confidently utilize the power of their voices to achieve dreams, goals and vision yet to be imagined. As the founder of the mentoring initiative, The SISI Small PEARLS Apprentice Program, Terry has taught leadership development and life-enhancing skillsets that have helped girls and women find the fullness of their tremendous gifts and stand in flat-footed confidence, owning and knowing who they are and who God made them to become. The Small PEARL In Every Girl is the extension of this dynamic Program. Terry invited her Circle of PEARLS, global, corporate and community leaders from across the nation to write Love Letters of Affirmation and Legacy to share their wisdom and remarkable experiences to educate, empower and help propel our girls forward. Terry's Lessons and each Letter will help young girls everywhere embrace and lift the trajectory of their lives to powerful todays and stellar tomorrows."-- Provided by Freading.

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What are we for? : The Words and Ideals of Eleanor Roosevelt / Eleanor Roosevelt

From one of the world's most celebrated and admired public figures, Eleanor Roosevelt, a collection of her most treasured sayings-the perfect gift for Mother's Day, graduation, and a new generation of feminists. With a foreword by Speaker Nancy Pelosi No one can make you feel inferior without your consent . We've all heard this powerful Eleanor Roosevelt adage-it is, perhaps, one of her best known. A wise leader, she knew the power of words, and throughout her work as First Lady, a UN representative, and advocate for human rights, women, youth, minorities, and workers, she was a prolific writer and speaker. Eleanor's wise words on government, race and ethnicity, freedom, democracy, economics, women and gender, faith, children, war, peace, and our everyday lives leap off the page in memorable quotations such as: · One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. · Progress is rarely achieved by indifference. · I am convinced that every effort must be made in childhood to teach the young to use their own minds. For one thing is sure: If they don't make up their minds, someone will do it for them. · Unless people are willing to face the unfamiliar they cannot be creative in any sense, for creativity always means the doing of the unfamiliar, the breaking of new ground. ... and these are just a few. At this politically and culturally divided moment in our nation's history, Eleanor Roosevelt's quotes have an even deeper resonance-as moving and insightful as they are timely. What Are We For? is a celebration of a cultural icon, and a powerful reminder of Eleanor Roosevelt's extraordinary contributions to our country, and the world.

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Women lead the way: your guide to stepping up to leadership and changing the world / Linda Tarr-Whelan

The story of how and why women's full participation in leadership matters is still seemingly a well-kept secret, "Women Lead the Way" presents tactical guidance to help readers wedge the door open and bring more women into leadership roles within companies.

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And still I rise/ Maya Angelou

Adult Audiobook   CD 811.54 ANGELOU

A kind of love, some say -- Remembrance -- Where we belong, a duet -- Refusal -- California prodigal -- Willie -- One more round -- Woman work -- And Still I rise -- Ain't that bad? -- Life doesn't frighten me -- On aging -- Thank you, Lord.

I am Malala: (the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban)/ Malala Yousafzai 

Adult Audiobook     CD 371.822 YOUSAFZA

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, but her miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey. I am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, and of a father who encouraged his daughter to attend school in a society that prizes sons.


Our time is now : [power, purpose, and the fight for a fair America]/ Stacey Abrams. 

 New Adult Audiobook   CD 324.6097 ABRAMS

"Voter suppression has plagued America since its inception, and so has the issue of identity-who is really American and what that means. When tied together, as they are in our modern politics, citizens are harmed in overt, subtle, and even personal ways. Stacey Abrams experienced the effects firsthand, running one of the most unconventional races in modern politics as the Democratic nominee for the governorship in Georgia and the first black woman major party nominee in American history. Abrams did not become governor, but she will not concede. And the reason she won't is because democracy failed voters. However, fixing suppression isn't enough unless we understand how it works and how identity plays a pivotal role. Suppression and identity altered the 2016 presidential election-and will do the same in 2020. But progress can win, and here Abrams lays out how. In Our Time Is Now, Abrams draws on extensive national research from her voter rights organization, Fair Fight Action, and her 2020 Census effort, Fair Count, as well as moving and personal anecdotes from her own life. Abrams weaves together the experiences of those who have fought for the vote and the right to be seen throughout our nation's history, linking them with how law and policy deny real political power. So much hangs in the balance for the 2020 election, and the stakes could not be higher."

Lean in: women, work, and the will to lead / Sheryl Sandberg

 Adult Audiobook      CD 658.4092 SANDBERG

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.





The life and times of Frida Kahlo.  A production of Daylight Films and WETA, Washington D.C. in association with Latino Public Broadcasting; a film by Amy Stechler

Non-Fiction DVD    DVD B KAHLO D-13587

Frida Kahlo was more than a great painter: her life and art reflected the maelstrom of the revolution and culture that defined the first half of the twentieth century. This film combines Kahlo's artwork with photos, archival films and interviews.


Vessel/ Sovereignty Productions ; Fork Films ; Impact Partners ; Chicken and Egg Pictures ; producer, Mitchell Block ; directed, produced and filmed by Diana Whitten. 

Non-Fiction DVD     DVD 363.46 VESSEL

A fearless sea captain sails a ship through loopholes in international law, providing abortions on the high seas, and leaving in her wake a network of emboldened activists who trust women to handle abortion on their own terms.

She's beautiful when she's angry / Music Box Films ; She's Beautiful Film Project Production ; producer, Mary Dore, Nancy Kennedy ; director, Mary Dore. 

 Non-Fiction DVD    DVD 305.42 SHE'S

A provocative, rousing and often humorous account of the birth of the modern women's liberation movement in the late 1960s through to its contemporary manifestations in the new millennium, direct from the women who lived it.


A path appears / Show of Force presents ; in association with ITVS ; series producer, Joshua Bennett ; director, Maro Chermayeff ; produced by Show of Force. 

Non-Fiction DVD     DVD 362.8808 PATH

"A unique and essential 4.5-hour documentary series addressing the roots of gender inequality, the devastating impact of poverty and the ripple effects that follow, including: sex trafficking, teen-pregnancy, gender-based violence, child slavery and the effective solutions being forged to combat them. An edge-of-your-seat dramatic encounter which travels across the United States and to Haiti, Colombia and Kenya."--Container.

Dolores [videorecording] / a Carlos Santana production ; in association with 5 Stick Films.

Non-Fiction DVD    DVD 331.478 DOLORES

Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century.