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Vanishing Half book coverThe Vanishing Half 
by Brit Bennet
The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. After growing up in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it’s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it’s everything. Ten years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters’ storylines intersect?


Hamnet book coverHamnet
by Maggie O’Farrell
Warwickshire in the 1580s. Agnes is a woman as feared as she is sought after for her unusual gifts. She settles with her husband in Henley street, Stratford, and has three children: a daughter, Susanna, and then twins, Hamnet and Judith. The boy, Hamnet, dies in 1596, aged eleven. Four years or so later, the husband writes a play called Hamlet. Hamnet is a luminous portrait of a marriage, at its heart the loss of a beloved child.


Circe book coverCirce
by Madeline Miller
Set during the Greek Heroic Age, it is an adaptation of various Greek myths, most notably the Odyssey, as told from the perspective of the witch Circe.




Bandit Queens book coverThe Bandit Queens
by Parini Shroff
A young Indian woman falsely rumored to have killed her husband finds a way to make her unfortunate reputation surprisingly useful–but complications arise when other village women seek her help offing their husbands






Becoming book coverBecoming
by Michelle Obama
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address.



Meaty essays book coverMeaty: essays
by Samantha Irby
Samantha Irby explodes onto the printed page with her debut collection of brand-new essays about trying to laugh her way through failed relationships, being black, taco feasts, bouts with Crohn’s disease, and more. Every essay is crafted with the same scathing wit and poignant candor thousands of loyal readers have come to expect from visiting her notoriously hilarious blog,



Geek Feminist Revolution book coverThe Geek Feminist Revolution
by Kameron Hurley
The book collects dozens of Hurley’s essays on feminism, geek culture, and her experiences and insights as a genre writer, including “We Have Always Fought,” which won the 2013 Hugo for Best Related Work. The Geek Feminist Revolution will also feature several entirely new essays written specifically for this volume.


Minor Feelings book coverMinor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning
by Cathy Park Hong
A ruthlessly honest, emotionally charged, and utterly original exploration of Asian American consciousness and the struggle to be human. Hong blends memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose the truth of racialized consciousness in America. She believes that “minor feelings” occur when American optimism contradicts your own reality– when you believe the lies you’re told about your own racial identity.




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Codebreaker movie coverThe Codebreaker
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: THE CODEBREAKER tells the story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, a groundbreaking cryptanalyst who helped develop the codebreaking methods that led to the creation of the powerful new science of cryptology.



RGB movie coverRGB
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. Explore her unique and unknown personal journey of her rise to the nation’s highest court.



Flannery movie coverFlannery
Explore the life and work of author Flannery O’Connor, whose distinctive Southern Gothic style influenced a generation of artists and activists. Through never-before-seen archival footage, examine the legacy of an American literary icon.



Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin movie coverWorlds of Ursula K. Le Guin
Produced with Le Guin’s participation over the course of a decade, WORLDS OF URSULA K. LE GUIN is a journey through the writer’s career and her worlds, both real and fantastic — an intimate journey of self-discovery as she comes into her own as a major feminist author, opening new doors for the imagination and inspiring generations of women and other marginalized writers along the way.


Maya Angelou and Still I Rise movie coverMaya Angelou and Still I Rise
Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014) led a prolific life. As a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer, she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries.


Unladylike 2020 movie coverUnladylike 2020
A series of 26 short films and a one-hour documentary profiling diverse and little-known American women from the turn of the 20th century, and contemporary women who follow in their footsteps.





History Chicks podcast coverThe History Chicks
Two women. Half the population. Several thousand years of history. About an hour.




Stuff Mom Never Told You podcast coverStuff Mom Never Told You
Join hosts Anney and Samantha to listen to Stuff Mom Never Told You, continuing the conversation of what it is to identify as female through research-based discussion around feminism and how it impacts everyday life.



Profess-Hers podcast coverProfess-Hers
Explore some favorite shows or movies through a female and feminist perspective. Learn about new books or ideas that succeed in realistically portraying women. Find out what was right and what was so wrong about Friends. Hear about some of our favorite ladies, important historical moments, and lady anthems. We take the subject very seriously and ourselves not at all.


The Other Half podcast coverThe Other Half: The History of Women Through the Ages
From host of the popular ‘Queens of England Podcast’, The Other Half tells the forgotten and ignored stories of the most powerful and influential women in history.