America’s Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines reads like a primer on women’s history, from the first woman born on American soil (the mysterious Virginia Dare) through the outspoken women at the forefront of the feminist movement. Along the way, author Gail Collins introduces us to immigrant women, pioneer women, and revolutionary women. In pithy, straightforward prose, Collins presents a familiar history through a different lens.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s global history of feminism, Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History, is another fast-paced overview of the role women have played through history. Ulrich illuminates the rich and complex lives of women from biblical times through the present, offering a different spin on traditional stories.