An excerpt from Chapter 2 of “The Unfit Heiress: the Tragic Life and Scandalous Sterilization of Ann Cooper Hewitt” by Audrey Clare Farley—a story of eugenics and women’s reproductive rights framed by the sordid court battle between Ann Cooper Hewitt and her socialite mother.
“Gabriela Garcia captures the lives of Cuban women in a world to which they refuse to surrender and she does so with precision and generosity and beauty.”
— Roxane Gay
“Women represent 50 percent of the population. Imagine how much collective headspace we could free up if birth control was not our sole responsibility, and if abortion was not so taboo.”
Mary Church Terrell, a Black civil rights activist, was left out of history. In her new book, Alison Parker writes of Terrell’s lifelong militancy. In her Aug. 19 nomination acceptance speech, Vice President Kamala Harris stated: “Women like Mary Church Terrell and Mary McCleod Bethune. Fannie Lou Hamer and Diane Nash. Constance Baker Motley and […]
It was 2018. More women than ever were running for office; the Me Too and Time’s Up movements were bringing brave new voices to the forefront; more previously apolitical women were recognizing their agency and their value. I didn’t set out to write a “political” book but I did, certainly, understand that so much of what women do right now can make a statement and pave the way for other women, even in small ways, even with quiet steps.
Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman in America to receive a medical degree, in 1849. Becoming a doctor as qualified as any man was a noble ideological quest.
“The idea of winning a doctor’s degree gradually assumed the aspect of a great moral struggle,” she wrote, “and the moral fight possessed immense attraction for me.”
No work of mine has so completely rolled together my passions—the history, untold stories and style of the 1940s, hardboiled fiction, strong women of grit and adaptability, and the impacts of conflict on everyday people—as this novel, ‘The War Widow.’
The new women of Congress, many of them firsts from their racial or ethnic group to serve in their district—or, as in Rep. Sharice Davids’s case, the nation—undertook their roles beyond lawmaking.
(The following is an excerpt from Chapter 8 of “The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress,” by New York Times reporter Jennifer Steinhauer.)
A conversation between PEN award-winning playwright and TV writer Laura Marks and National Book Award finalist Carmen Maria Machado.
Both women have graphic novels from DC Comics out this fall. Women comic book writers are in the minority to begin with, and even more so in the horror genre.
In Susanne Althoff’s upcoming book, “Launching While Female: Smashing the System That Holds Women Entrepreneurs Back,” she investigates the gender gap in the business world.
Through interviews with women and nonbinary entrepreneurs, more than half of them BIPOC, “Launching While Female” explores how everything from better funding opportunities to access to mentors and eliminating the use of microaggressions will help their companies grow.