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Books to Read this National Women's History Month

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Did you know that March is Women’s History Month? The Azure Villas Blog wants to help you celebrate, so we are sharing a few book recommendations about some of the iconic women in our country’s history. Read one of these inspiring books this month in your Pembroke Pines, FL apartment!

Sally Ride by Lynn Sherr

“Sally Ride made history as the first American woman in space, breaking through a quarter century of white male fighter jocks when NASA chose her for the seventh shuttle mission. Written by the ABC reporter who covered NASA during its transformation from a test-pilot boys’ club to a more inclusive elite, Sally Ride is the definitive biography of the bold and talented woman who cracked the celestial ceiling and inspired several generations of women.”

Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

“In 1976, in an obscure scholarly article, Ulrich wrote, ‘Well behaved women seldom make history.’  Today these words appear on t-shirts, mugs, bumper stickers, greeting cards, and all sorts of Web sites and blogs. Ulrich explains how that happened and what it means by looking back at women of the past who challenged the way history was written.”

Open Wide The Freedom Gates: A Memoir by Dorothy Height

“Dorothy Height marched at civil rights rallies, sat through tense White House meetings, and witnessed every major victory in the struggle for racial equality. Yet as the sole woman among powerful, charismatic men, someone whose personal ambition was secondary to her passion for her cause, she has received little mainstream recognition--until now. In her memoir, Dr. Height, now ninety-one, reflects on a life of service and leadership.”

The Belles of New England: The Women of the Textile Mills and the Families Whose Wealth They Wove by William Moran

“The Belles of New England is a masterful, definitive, and eloquent look at the enormous cultural and economic impact on America of New England's textile mills. The author, an award-winning CBS producer, traces the history of American textile manufacturing back to the ingenuity of Francis Cabot Lodge. The early mills were an experiment in benevolent enlightened social responsibility on the part of the wealthy owners, who belonged to many of Boston's finest families. But the fledgling industry's ever-increasing profits were inextricably bound to the issues of slavery, immigration, and workers' rights.”

Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for American Independence by Carol Berkin

“The American Revolution was a home-front war that brought scarcity, bloodshed, and danger into the life of every American. In this groundbreaking history, Carol Berkin shows us how women played a vital role throughout the conflict.”

Have you read any great books about women in U.S. history? Share the title with us in the comments so we can check it out. Thanks for reading. We hope you get a chance to learn something new during Women’s History Month!