Posted by Andrea Prado

"A Women's Wave is coming and no one can stop it!" say the organizers of the Women's March 2019. Tomorrow January 19th, thousands of supporters will flood the streets of Washington and other sister marches around the globe in support of women's rights. 

The message is simple: "Women's rights are human rights"

The first Women's March made history in 2017 when almost 1 million people attended the official march in Washington DC. Between 3,267,134 and 5,246,670 people participated in the marches around the U.S. It was the largest protest since the anti-Vietnam War protests in the 1960s and 1970s. Estimated up to 5 million joined the cause worldwide. (Source)

The Washington DC Metro officials said that during that Saturday’s Women’s March in Washington, the subway ridership for the day and evening totaled “1,001,613 entries” — the second biggest daily volume in the Metro’s 40-year history. (Source)

On the Women's March website there's this inspiring recount of that fateful day: "On January 21, 2017, people of all backgrounds--women and men and gender nonconforming people, young and old, of diverse faiths, differently abled, immigrants and indigenous--came together, 5 million strong, on all seven continents of the world. We were answering a call to show up and be counted as those who believe in a world that is equitable, tolerant, just and safe for all, one in which the human rights and dignity of each person is protected and our planet is safe from destruction."

Grounded in the nonviolent ideology of the Civil Rights movement, the Women’s March was the largest coordinated protest in U.S. history and one of the largest in world history. - Women's March

"We are mothers. We are caregivers. We are artists. We are activists. We are entrepreneurs, doctors, leaders of industry and technology. Our potential is unlimited. 

We rise." - Alicia Keys

Issues facing women and girls are often either ignored or "silenced" and thus go unresolved.

There were multiple speeches at the March, but one that summed up the need for people to unite in the common good was given by actress America Ferrera and it stated, "If we – the millions of Americans who believe in common decency, in the greater good, in justice for all – if we fall into the trap by separating ourselves by our causes and our labels, then we will weaken our fight and we will lose. But if we commit to what aligns us, if we stand together steadfast and determined, then we stand a chance of saving the soul of our country."After this historical moment, two major movements sprung up. The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have pushed to demand immediate social and political change for equal treatment of women in the workplace and to stop abuse and sexual harassment toward women.

"As long as discrimination and inequities remain so commonplace everywhere in the world, as long as girls and women are valued less, fed less, fed last, overworked, underpaid, not schooled, subjected to violence in and outside their homes—the potential of the human family to create a peaceful, prosperous world will not be realized." - Hillary Clinton

The wave/movement toward focusing on women issues has been so transformative in the past two years, that the publishing world had but to take notice.

The wave/movement toward focusing on women issues has been so transformative in the past two years, that the publishing world had but to take notice. And they did, in droves. A Tsunami of books and authors have found a rich outlet to express their voices, present their ideas and to reach thousands with their written words. We have selected some of the most recent efforts from investigative reporters, celebrities, and survivors. Press the links in each author's name to know more about these brave souls.

A False Report

A False Report by T. Christian Miller & Ken Armstrong 

Publisher | Crown 

On August 11, 2008, eighteen-year-old Marie reported that a masked man broke into her Seattle apartment and raped her. The police quickly grew suspicious of Marie’s story and confronted her with the inconsistencies in her report. Marie broke down, confessing that she had lied to get attention. But what really happened on that summer night? This astonishing piece of journalism reveals the disturbing truth about how sexual assault is investigated and the long history of skepticism toward rape victims. 

Text Me When You Get Home

Text Me When You Get Home by Kayleen Schafer 

Publisher | Dutton

Jealous catfights, bitter rivalries, mean girl cliques. For so long, this was how female “friendship” was predominantly portrayed in the media. But now, true female friendship founded on solidarity and sisterhood is being celebrated like never before. This book includes interviews with dozens of historians, film and television creators, celebrities, authors, and ordinary women that celebrate the beauty and joy of female friendship.           

Eloquent Rage

Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper

Publisher | St. Martin’s Press 

Black women’s rage has long been caricatured as an ugly and destructive force that has no place in a civil society. But in this book, Brittney Cooper argues that eloquently expressed anger—like that of Beyoncé, Serena Williams, and Michelle Obama—can be a force for positive change and can give women the strength to keep fighting in the face of overwhelming odds.


Invisible by Michele Lent Hirsch 

Publisher | Beacon Press 

Young women with serious illness are one of the most overlooked populations in American society and one of the most ignored groups in our medical system. Weaving together patient interviews, insights from scientists on the study of gender and illness, and her own harrowing medical story, Hirsch exposes just how much gender norms hurt women who are already hurting, and how sexism prevails both in relationships and at the doctor’s office.

Not That Bad

Not That Bad Edited by Roxane Gay

Publisher | Harper 

In this anthology, beloved feminist author Roxane Gay collects original and previously published essays about what it means to live in a world where women have to live with the constant threat of harassment and violence, and where they face denigration and disbelief if they dare to speak out about it. The book includes pieces by actors Ally Sheedy and Gabrielle Union, writers Amy Jo Burns, Lyz Lenz, Claire Schwartz, Bob Shacochis, and more.

Don't Call Me Princess

Don't Call Me Princess by Peggy Orenstein 

Publisher | Harper

Peggy Orenstein has been an unflagging feminist voice for decades and now, for the first time, her most important essays of the last thirty years are compiled into this collection that explores a wide range of topics. She takes on reproductive justice, the infertility industry, tensions between working and stay-at-home moms, girl culture, and more. This collection celebrates how far women have come and reveals just how far we still have to go.

Trust Women

Trust Women by Rebecca Todd Peters

Publisher Beacon Press

PressIn this book, Presbyterian minister and ethicist Rebecca Todd Peters offers a Christian defense of being pro-choice. She argues that the real problem is not abortion, but our inability to trust women to make their own decisions about what is right for their bodies, their families, and their lives.

Broad Band

Broad Band by Claire L. Evans 

Publisher | Portfolio

The history of technology has long been written as a story of male innovation, but women have always been at the forefront of innovation. Their presence has just been erased—until now. In this book, Evans pulls these forgotten technological pioneers from the dustbin of history to shine a light on their remarkable achievements.

The Woman's Hour

The Woman's Hour by Elaine Weiss 

Publisher | Viking

August 1920. Thirty-five states have ratified the Nineteenth Amendment. Twelve have rejected or refused to vote, and one last state is needed to ratify. It all comes down to Tennessee. It is on this battleground that opposing forces collide. This history follows a handful of women who marshaled their forces and won the vote in one of the greatest twentieth-century battles for civil rights.  

Stealing the Show

Stealing the Show by Joy Press 

Publisher | Atria Books

Hollywood has always been run by men, but in recent years, female writers, producers, and directors have radically transformed the television side of the industry. Women like Shonda Rhimes, Lena Dunham, Tina Fey, and Mindy Kaling have made their mark. But long before these women rose to prominence, a small group of trailblazing women—starting with Roseanne Barr—began breaking down the barriers that would lead to the rise of women’s voices in television. This history of women in television celebrates these pioneers and explains how they have shaped TV as we know it.

In Praise of Difficult Women

In Praise of Difficult Women by Karen Karbo 

Publisher | National Geographic

From Amelia Earhart and Frida Kahlo to Carrie Fisher and Shonda Rhimes  this book spotlights twenty-nine rebels and rule-breakers who threw stereotypes to the wind and charted their own path. Their lives provide inspiration and instruction for a new generation of feminists. Karbo examines the universal themes that connect each of us to these icons of female badassery and argues that being “difficult” can lead to a more fulfilling life.

Lighting the Fires of Freedom

Lighting the Fires of Freedom by Janet Dewart Bell 

Publisher | The New Press 

Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, Dorothy Height–well-known figures in the Civil Right Movement. But can you name other women leaders in the Movement? If not, this book is for you. Through interviews with nine women who fought alongside their male counterparts in the fight for equality, Bell shines a light on women’s too-often overlooked achievements in the Civil Rights Movement.  

Dear Madam President

Dear Madam President by Jennifer Palmieri 

Publisher | Grand Central Publishing 

Dear Madam President is a letter from Hillary Clinton’s former Communications Director, Jennifer Palmieri, to the first woman president. Drawing on her experiences with Hillary Clinton, President Obama, and Elizabeth Edwards, Palmieri shares inspirational and practical advice for women in all professions—from CEOs to stay-at-home moms—who want to take control of their lives and make a difference in the world.

Ask Me About My Uterus

Ask Me About My Uterus by Abby Norman 

Publisher | Hachette Book Group

In 2010, Abby Norman lost forty pounds from her already fit frame and was repeatedly hospitalized in excruciating pain. The doctors had no idea how to fix it. Instead of believing her and working to find a solution, they dismissed her pain and told her it was all in her head. Driven to find answers, Abby educated herself and eventually realized that she was suffering from endometriosis. In this searing memoir, Abby places her own infuriating experience in the broader context of misogyny in the medical industry.


Brave by Rose McGowan 

Publisher | HarperOne 

Rose McGowan is on the front lines of the fight to hold sexual predators in Hollywood accountable for their crimes. In this memoir, she recounts her childhood growing up in a cult, her early years in Hollywood where she was sexualized by producers, directors, and the press, and her rise as a feminist activist. She exposes the misogyny that is the cornerstone of the film industry and unapologetically speaks truth to power.

Autism in Heels

Autism in Heels by Jennifer O'Toole 

Publisher | Skyhorse Publishing 

Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to be autistic. This has led to girls on the spectrum being overlooked and misdiagnosed. In this memoir, Jennifer O’Toole tells her story of being diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at the age of thirty-five and invites readers on her journey of self-discovery as an Aspie and a modern woman.   

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