Women’s History Month

This week the AUM Library is continuing it’s focus on Women’s History Month by featuring several books that deal with women’s role throughout history. Check these titles and more at the library! You can also check out this week’s elevator flyers by clicking here.
Shattering the Glass : the Remarkable History of Women’s Basketball
By Pamela Grundy and Susan Shackelford
Located on the 4th floor GV886 .G78 2005
Over the past decade, women’s basketball has exploded onto the national sports scene. WNBA and NCAA television ratings have skyrocketed; movies, magazines, and clothing lines showcase female players. But as the authors of Shattering the Glass show, women’s basketball has a much longer history, reaching back over a century of struggle, liberation, and gutsy play.
Shattering the Glass offers a sweeping chronicle of women’s basketball in the United States, from its invention in the late nineteenth century to its dominant position in sports today. Offering vivid portraits of forgotten heroes and contemporary stars, it also provides a broader perspective on the history of the sport, exploring its relationship to changing ideas of womanhood, efforts to expand women’s economic and political rights, and definitions of sexual equality.
Based on original interviews with players, coaches, administrators, broadcasters, and extensively illustrated, Shattering the Glass provides a moving, gritty view of the game on and off the court, and an empowering story of the generations of women who have shaped women’s basketball
Source: http://www.thenewpress.com/index.php?option=com_title&task=view_title&metaproductid=1531
Who cooked the Last Supper? : the Women’s History of the World
By Rosalind Miles
Located on the 4th floor HQ1121 .M55 2001
Men dominate history because men write history. There have been many heroes, but no heroines. This is the book that overturns that “phallusy of history,” giving voice to the true history of the world — which, always and forever, must include the contributions of millions of unsung women. Here is the history you never learned — but should have!
Without politics or polemics, this brilliant and witty book overturns centuries of preconceptions to restore women to their rightful place at the center of culture, revolution, empire, war, and peace. Spiced with tales of individual women who have shaped civilization, celebrating the work and lives of women around the world, distinguished by a wealth of research, Who Cooked the Last Supper? redefines our concept of historical reality
A Woman’s Place There may have been only men sitting at the table, but Who Cooked the Last Supper? asks writer Rosalind Miles. Bent on setting the record straight, Miles offers a keen and passionate look at women’s contributions to civilizations from hunter-gatherer societies to the present, shining a spotlight into neglected corners as well as on familiar figures: who knew, for example, that Florence Nightingale defied a military commander and, wielding a hammer, broke into a locked storeroom after he refused to give her medical supplies? Readers will delight in this rebel-rousing read, previously published in 1990 by Harper Perennial as The Women’s History of the World.
Source: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Who-Cooked-the-Last-Supper/Rosalind-Miles/e/9780609806951
Beyond Image and Convention : Explorations in Southern Women’s History
Edited by Janet Lee Coryell
Located on the 4th floor HQ1438 .S63 B48 1998
Despite their prevailing image and stereotype, southern women have often gone “beyond convention,” living on their own terms within a society that revered tradition and compliance. Spanning the colonial era to the mid-twentieth century, Beyond Image and Convention documents women from widely varied social, economic, religious, and ethnic backgrounds who acted outside the accepted gender boundaries of their day.
Reflecting the quality and breadth of current scholarship in the field of southern women’s history, this collection of essays relies upon previously untapped documentary evidence and, in the process, crafts provocative new interpretations of our collective past. The essays explore the historical experience of black and white southern women across nearly three centuries, including a white woman’s sexual misconduct in colonial North Carolina, one slave woman’s successful attempt to carve out an autonomous existence in southwestern Virginia, an ex-slave’s fight for freedom in postbellum Missouri, and the civil rights activism of two white southern women—Sarah Patton Boyle of Virginia and Alice Norwood Spearman of South Carolina.
Breaking new ground in the study of women’s history, Beyond Image and Convention provides valuable insights for both specialists and general readers.
Source: http://press.umsystem.edu/spring1998/coryell.htm
Reclaiming the Past : Landmarks of Women’s History
Edited by Page Putnam Miller
Located on the 3rd floor E159 .R42 1992
Miller gives readers a better understanding of women’s history by introducing important locations and examining women’s lives in the context of these historical settings. Each chapter describes a site that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Beginning with Taos Pueblo in New Mexico, built in 1325, the author describes the Native American women who lived there, highlighting their roles as builders and heads of households. Continuing chronologically, she includes lesser-known places such as St. John’s Freehold in St. Mary’s City, MD, where Margaret Brent went before the provincial assembly in 1648 requesting the right to vote. The Boardinghouse at Boott Cotton Mill in Lowell, MA, provides information about the young women who worked in the textile industry. Other landmarks include the Wesleyan Chapel at Seneca Falls, NY (the site of the first women’s rights convention); the M. Carey Thomas Library at Bryn Mawr College; and the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, CA, designed by Julia Morgan. Fact boxes for each locale contain a photograph, contact information (including Web sites), and a summary of its significance. Period black-and-white photographs and maps appear throughout, as do quotes from primary sources. Information on related sites is also included. This clearly written book is a gem for research.
Source: http://www.amazon.com/Landmarks-American-Womens-History/dp/0195145011