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A Woman of No Importance:
The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II
by Sonia Purnell

In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: “She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her.” The target in their sights was Virginia Hall, a Baltimore socialite who talked her way into Special Operations Executive spy organization... She became the first Allied woman deployed behind enemy lines and–despite her prosthetic leg–helped to light the flame of the French Resistance, revolutionizing secret warfare as we know it. ~Penguin Random House

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Code Name: Lise
The True Store of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy
by Dan Kindlon

In Code Name: Lise, Larry Loftis paints a portrait of true courage, patriotism, and love—of two incredibly heroic people who endured unimaginable horrors and degradations. He seamlessly weaves together the touching romance between Odette and Peter and the thrilling cat and mouse game between them and Sergeant Bleicher. With this amazing testament to the human spirit, Loftis proves once again that he is adept at writing “nonfiction that reads like a page-turning novel.” ~Simon & Schuster

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Alpha Girls:
Understanding the New American Girl and How She Is Changing the World
by Dan Kindlon

There’s a new type of teenage girl growing up in America today and she is going to have a profound and beneficial influence on society. Part of the first generation that is reaping the full benefits of the women’s movement, today’s American girl is maturing with a new sense of possibility and psychological emancipation. Dr. Kindlon offers an in-depth portrait of the alpha girl, a born leader who is ready to explode into adulthood and make her mark on the world. ~amazon.com

Anne Frank:
The Diary of a Young Girl

Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. ... In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short. ~barnesandnoble.com


Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings
by Miriam Schneir

Here are the essential historical writings of feminism. Many of these works, long out of print or forgotten in what Miriam Schneir describes as a male-dominated literary tradition, are finally brought out of obscurity and into the light of contemporary analysis and criticism ... This updated, wide-ranging collection encompasses the crucial issues of women's oppression. Miriam Schneir has bypassed writings that deal exclusively with suffrage to focus attention on the still unsolved feminist problems: marriage as an instrument of oppression; woman's desire to control her own body; the economic independence of women; the search for selfhood. ~barnesandnoble.com

The Frailty Myth
by Colette Dowling

"Can women be equal to men as long as men are physically stronger? And are men, in fact, stronger?" These are key questions that Colette Dowling, author of the bestselling The Cinderella Complex, raises in her provocative new book. The myth of female frailty ... has had a damaging effect on women's health, social status, and physical safety. Drawing on extensive research in motor development, performance assessment, sports physiology, and endocrinology, Dowling presents an astonishing picture of the new physical woman. And she creates a powerful argument that true equiality isn't possible until women learn how to stand up for themselves--physically. ~amazon.com

A God Who Looks Like Me
by Patricia Lynn Reilly

A God Who Looks Like Me is a substantial contribution to defining a woman-affirming spirituality. It blends methodology and message harmoniously. Informed scholarship, personal stories, and profound insight converge to create a mirror in wihch women can see their own lives reflected. And in that reflection, women discove that what they have longed for from "out there" is actually already within themselves."
~Kim Dickson Rogers, Woman Spirit Magazine

Half the Sky
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwid
by Nicholas D. Kristoff & Sheryl WuDunn

New York Times columnist Kristof and his wife, WuDunn, a former Times reporter, make a brilliantly argued case for investing in the health and autonomy of women worldwide. More girls have been killed in the last fifty years, precisely because they were girls, than men were killed in all the wars of the twentieth century, they write, detailing the rampant gendercide in the developing world, particularly in India and Pakistan. Far from merely making moral appeals, the authors posit that it is impossible for countries to climb out of poverty if only a fraction of women (9% in Pakistan, for example) participate in the labor force. ~Publishers Weekly

Inez: The Life and Times of Inez Milholland
by Linda J. Lumsden

In this first biography of Milholland, Lumsden recounts her subject's vivid life as a lawyer, war correspondent, and suffragist. Named best all-around athlete at Vassar, Milholland was Amazonian in stature yet in appearance was the embodiment of the Gibson Girl. Leaving no stone unturned, Lumsden digs up the person behind the persona. The book's many photographs of Milholland bring her to life. ~Library Journal

Iron Jawed Angels

Iron Jawed Angels
by Linda G. Ford

...an in-depth analysis of how the National Woman's Party worked first as aggressive political lobbyists and developed an effective strategy of nonviolent civil disobedience. Readiness to resist authorities and break the law for women's rights developed gradually. With biographical sketches, this study examines the evolution from petitions to pickets to prison. A Gustavus Myers Human Rights Center Outstanding Book. ~amazon.com


Young Women, Feminism, and the Future
by Jennifer Baumgardner, Amy Richards

Manifesta, which is far less shrill than the name suggests, urges young women to pick up where their mothers, aunts, and adult mentors left off. Complete with appendices to teach novices the nuts-and-bolts of community organizing, this book is a reasoned and passionate call to action and an exciting how-to guide. ~Library Journal

Nancy Wake:
SOE's Greatest Heroine
by Russell Braddon

Nancy Wake is one of the true heroines of World War II. Born in New Zealand, she was living in Marseille and was married to Frenchman Henri Fiocca when the Germans invaded. Nancy immediately became active in the Resistance movement ... By 1943 she was on the Gestapo most-wanted list. ... After six escape attempts Nancy reached Britain—where she promptly became one of the 39 women to join the British Special Operations Executive. Parachuted back into France, she became the virtual leader of a 7,000-strong branch of the Maquis. This book tells the extraordinary story of this exceptional woman. ~amazon.com

Somebody's Daughter: The Hidden Story of America's Prostituted Children and the Battle to Save Them
by Julian Sher

In Somebody’s Daughter investigative journalist Julian Sher takes the reader behind the scenes to expose one of the most underreported crimes: the trafficking of American girls on American streets. ... Not only a shocking exposé and a call to action, Somebody’s Daughter is a story of hope and the heroines and heroes working to save America’s prostituted children.
~From the Inside Flap

A Train in Winter:
An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship and Resistance in Occupied France
by Caroline Moorehead

In January 1943, 230 women of the French Resistance weresent to the death camps by the Nazis who had invaded and occupied theircountry. This is their story, told in full for the first time—a searing andunforgettable chronicle of terror, courage, defiance, survival, and the powerof friendship. ... a riveting, rediscovered story of courageous women who sacrificed everything to combat the march of evil across the world. ~amazon.com