It's March and you know what that means! Time to celebrate strong, bad-ass women with this month's picks. I'm so excited for y'all to get these babies into your hands!
A little bit about Women's History Month before we dive into each title and their writer.
The purpose of women's history month is to commemorate and encourage the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history (womenshistorymonth.gov). Women have often played an essential, albeit hidden, role in all areas of American life (politics, scientific advancement, the arts, war, etc.). Women's History Month has been observed annually since 1987, growing out of a weeklong celebration organized by students in Sonoma, California in 1978. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a proclamation declaring the week of March 8th National Women's History Week and six years later, the National Women's History Project was successful in petitioning for Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March. (History.com) What's truly incredible is how long our society took to choose to recognize the often overlooked contributions of HALF THE POPULATION in his history and culture. In comparison, Black History Month (1976) and Asian American - Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month (also 1978). It's taken the US entirely too long to recognize it's diverse populations altogether.
This Month's Titles:
- Honor by Thifty Umrigar tells the story of two couples and the sometimes dangerous and heartbreaking challenges of love across a cultural divide.
- Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, A BioMythology by Audre Lorde, with gentle inflections of Grenadian roots, is an autobiography of her early years as a writer, and as a struggling black lesbian in NYC.
- Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan, inspired by the legend of the Chinese moon goddess, is about a young woman's quest to free her mother.
- The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus is about 16-year-old Audre and Mabel who fall in love despite cultural differences and figure out how to care for each other as one of them faces a fatal illness.
Which title(s) are you drooling over like it's your favorite meal?