March is Women’s History Month. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society. Celebrate by reading about influential or important women throughout history.
Behind the Mask : The Life of Queen Elizabeth I by Jane Resh Thomas. A biographical description of the opulent but cruel childhood that shaped the woman Queen Elizabeth I became and details her triumphant reign and her opposition to the relentless forces that threatened her.
Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France by Leonie Frieda. Born in Florence, Italy Catherine was married to the King of France at the age of 14. She was involved in interminable political machinations seeking always to increase the power of her favored sons. This led to the disastrous St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre.
Eleanor of Aquitaine by Ralph Turner. The first Queen of France. Two of her sons Richard and John went on to become Kings of England. Educated, beautiful and highly articulate, Eleanor influenced the politics of western Europe through her alliances and influence over her sons.
Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr by Richard Rhodes. Describes the lesser-known technological talents of actress Hedy Lamarr and the collaborative work with avant-garde composer George Antheil that eventually led to the development of spread-spectrum radio, cell phones, and GPS systems
Ladies of Liberty by Cokie Roberts. Shares the stories of remarkable women who shaped American history between 1796 and 1828, including Dolley Madison, Theodosia Burr, and Sacajawea.
Mothers of Invention by Ethlie Ann Vare & Greg Ptacek with a foreword by Julie Newmar and Patently Female, the sequel. These books take a look at forgotten women, their unforgettable ideas and inventions.
Sisters: The Lives of American Suffragists by Jean Baker. The martyr and the missionary : Lucy Stone and Henry Blackwell — In the blessed company of faithful women : Susan B. Anthony and the sisters — Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the solitude of self — Mothering America : the feminist ambitions of Frances Willard — Endgame : Alice Paul and Woodrow Wilson