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In Many Cases, Women did it First

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • March 27, 2020

Did you know that the world’s first novel was written by a woman? Or that female authors had a hand in several literary genres, including sci-fi, dystopian, and rom-com? And guess who the world’s first billionaire writer was? Hint: Her most famous character’s initials are H.P. Read on to learn about history’s innovative literary ladies.

The Essential Zora Neale Hurston

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • January 08, 2020

This week we celebrate the birthday of writer and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. Largely unappreciated in her lifetime, the trailblazing author's writings saw a resurgence after Alice Walker's 1975 essay called her "the patron saint of black women writers." Here we review five of her essential titles.

Women Undercover: Famous Female Authors Who Used a Male Pseudonym

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • November 22, 2019

On this day in 1819, the prominent author Mary Ann Evans was born. But you may not have heard of her because her books were published using the pseudonym George Eliot. And she’s not alone. There’s a long history of famous women writers who adopted male pen names.

Madams of Macabre and Damsels of Darkness

7 Masterful Women Authors in Horror

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • October 09, 2019

It may seem that the horror genre is overrun with male writers, but women have long been dark horses in the field, with one of the frontrunners being a certain Ms. Jackson (and we're not talking about Janet). As we move into the season of spooky stories, we present the consummate Shirley Jackson, plus six more of our favorite horror authors (who also happen to be female).

Working Girls: 6 Books About Women and Girls Who Changed America

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • September 02, 2019

Labor Day is more than just the last hurrah of summer. It is meant to honor and celebrate those who work—which is most of us. The day is also a time to reflect on worker's rights. This blog post focuses specifically on the history of women and girls working in America and the challenges they have faced.

Warrior Women: Epic Adventures with Tough Heroines

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • June 19, 2019

What is chick lit? Stories about women? Should it be funny? Romantic? Exciting? We think it's all of the above and more! Read on to explore a particularly fun subcategory of the genre. These five books feature fierce female protagonists who take on monumental challenges.

5 Books That Honor the Complexity of Motherhood

For Mother's Day

By Emma Zaratian • May 06, 2019

Mother's Day is this Sunday. It's a holiday often known for family get-togethers and floral bouquets. It's also a time to reflect upon our relationships with our mothers, whose complex personalities have so unmistakably formed our own. To that end, here are some memoirs and novels we think explore the deeper dimensions of those maternal relationships.

6 Famous Authors Who Might Surprise You with Their Poetry

By Emma Zaratian • April 08, 2019

April is National Poetry Month, which means itls the ideal time to treat yourself to a new book of verses. But how to choose a collection you'll like? While itls common knowledge that Sylvia Plath could pen a novel just as well as a poem, we often overlook the fact that plenty novelists have also dabbled in the arts of meter and metaphor. Maybe your favorite author has waxed poetic and you just don't know it yet. Here are a few popular writers wholve skillfully pivoted between prose and poetry.

The Life of Hedy Lamarr

By Beth Clark • March 06, 2019

Hedy Lamarr wasn't just an actress who made history, she was a brilliant woman who shaped the future with her inventions. US Patent 2,292,387 in particular…the technology that made cell phones, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, and more possible. Read on for more about the exceptional woman you'll want to thank the next time you get a text. (Unless it's from someone lame, but that's on them, not Hedy.)

8 Exceptional Women to Celebrate this Month

By Beth Clark • March 02, 2019

The Women's History Month theme this year is "Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence" but March celebrates all women, including the 8 below who are champions of peace, persistence, and empowerment. (And nonviolent unless you count J.K. Rowling's stinging Twitter clapbacks, but we're not).

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