#ShePersisted has become the new #NastyWoman after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell silenced Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren during debates on the nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General on February 7. If you’d like to learn more about persistent women, check out these books in the Upper School Library today!


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I am Malala: the Girl who Stood up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

Malala Yousafzai describes her fight for education for girls under Taliban rule, the support she received from her parents to pursue an education, and how the Taliban retaliated against her by trying to kill her.

Call #:  371.82 YOU

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In the Country We Love: my Family Divided by Diana Guerrero with Michelle Buford

Diane Guerrero, television actress from the hits Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, recalls the day her parents were detained and deported when she was 14, and how she was able to remain in the country, finish her education, and build a successful acting career.

Call #: 791.43 GUE

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Muslim Girl: a Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh discusses her experiences as a Muslim girl growing up in the United States in the twenty-first century.

Call #: 297.09 AL

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Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation by Judith Mackrell

Presents a revisionist assessment of the movement that shattered the boundaries of conventional femininity through the lives of six figures that exemplified it, including Lady Diana Cooper, Nancy Cunard, Tallulah Bankhead, Zelda Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker and Tamara de Lempicka.

Call #: 920.72 MAC

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Ida: a Sword Among Lions by Paula J. Giddings

Chronicles the life of civil rights advocate and suffragist Ida B. Wells, examining her campaign against lynching, her work as a journalist, and her experiences in Chicago politics.

Call #: 323.092 GID

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Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries who Shaped History by Kate Schatz

A collection of 40 biographical profiles, each accompanied by an illustrated portrait, showcasing extraordinary womenfrom around the world.

Call #: 920.72 SCH

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America’s Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines by Gail Collins

Chronicles the history of American women over the course of four hundred years, from the lost colony of Roanoke to the twenty-first century, discussing how they felt about marriage, work, and sex, looking at the influences on their lives, and examining the causes they championed.

Call #: 305.4 COL

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Civil War Doctor: the Story of Mary Walker by Carla Joinson

Tells the life story of Mary Edwards Walker, an abolitionist’s daughter who chose not to wear the constricting women‘s fashions of her time, volunteered medical services in the Civil War and won a Medal of Honor after being refused a commission as an army surgeon, and fought for women‘s rights.

Call #: 610.92 JOI

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Dorothea Dix: Advocate for Mental Health Care by Margaret Muckenhoupt

Chronicles the life of Dorothea Dix, focusing on her efforts to improve health and psychological care for people with mental illnesses.

Call #: 362.2 MUC

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Hidden Figures: the American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

Before John Glenn orbited Earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as ‘human computers’ used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation.

Call #: 510.92 SHE

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Women of the Frontier: 16 tales of Trailblazing Homesteaders, Entrepreneurs, and Rabble-Rousers by Brandon Marie Miller

Uses letters and journal entries to present first-hand accounts from sixteen pioneer women living in the Wild West.

Call #: 978.03 MIL

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Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Presents Rachel Carson’s 1962 environmental classic “Silent Spring,” which identified the dangers of indiscriminate pesticide use; and includes an introduction by biographer Linda Lear and an afterword by scientist Edward O. Wilson.

Call #: 363.738 CAR

If that’s not enough persistent women for you, come to the library and check out our newest issue of Teen Vogue!

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