March is National Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate and honor the contributions of women throughout history. This month offers an opportunity to reflect on the progress made toward gender equality and the work that still needs to be done. Women have been instrumental in shaping the social, economic, and political fabric of their communities, from organizing for social justice to advocating for better schools and healthcare.
In celebration of National Women’s History Month, it’s important to recognize and honor the many ways that women have impacted and enriched our communities, including in places like Brandermill Woods. As we celebrate, one of the best ways to honor and learn about the experiences and achievements of women is through books and podcasts.
Five Books for Women’s History
Reading is an adventure, and also a co-ed venture! Here are five book recommendations to enjoy Women’s History Month:
1. When Everything Changed by Gail Collins
Gail Collins is a journalist and columnist who chronicles the history of women’s progress in America. When Everything Changed tells the story of the women’s movement in the United States from the 1960s to the present day. This book offers a comprehensive and engaging look at gender equality in the United States.
2. Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
Brené Brown is a well-known author and researcher on the topics of vulnerability and shame. In Daring Greatly, Brown encourages readers to embrace vulnerability as a path to personal growth and authentic relationships. This book is a must-read for anyone looking to cultivate more courage and authenticity in their lives.
3. The Majesty of the Law by Sandra Day O’Connor
Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court. This is a special one for us here at Brandermill Woods, as she is Virginian just like we are! We are so proud she played such an integral role in the development and history of our state of Virginia. In this book, she shares her experiences as a lawyer and judge and the role of the Supreme Court in American society. The Majesty of the Law is a fascinating and insightful read for anyone interested in the law and the history of the Supreme Court.
4. Becoming by Michelle Obama
In this memoir, former First Lady Michelle Obama shares her personal story, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as First Lady. Becoming is a powerful and inspiring account of a woman dedicated to public service and making a difference in the world.
5. Quiet by Susan Cain
In this book, Susan Cain explores the power of introverts in a world that often values extroverted traits. She highlights the often-overlooked strengths and qualities of introverts and encourages readers to embrace their unique personalities. This book is an excellent read for anyone looking to better understand and appreciate the diversity of personalities.
Podcasts and Conversations
The book is a wonderful technology, but podcasts bring lectures and conversations right to your earbuds. Here are five favorites celebrating the experiences and achievements of women:
1. Stuff Mom Never Told You
This podcast covers various topics related to women’s experiences and issues, from career advice to reproductive health. Hosts Emilie Aries and Bridget Todd provide insightful commentary and engaging interviews with experts in their fields.
2. The Guilty Feminist
Hosted by comedian Deborah Frances-White, “The Guilty Feminist” explores the challenges and contradictions of being a feminist in the modern world. This podcast features a mix of comedy, commentary, and interviews with a diverse range of guests.
3. Women at Work
This podcast from Harvard Business Review explores the challenges and opportunities facing women in the workplace. Hosts Amy Bernstein, Sarah Green Carmichael, and Nicole Torres provide practical advice and insights for women at all stages of their careers.
4. Call Your Girlfriend
Hosted by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, “Call Your Girlfriend” is a podcast for long-distance besties everywhere. The hosts cover a wide range of topics related to women’s experiences and offer thoughtful commentary and advice on everything from politics to pop culture.
5. The History Chicks
“The History Chicks” is a podcast hosted by two women, Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider, who discuss the lives and legacies of notable women throughout history. Each episode focuses on a different woman, ranging from famous figures like Queen Elizabeth I and Amelia Earhart to lesser-known women like Mary Anning, a 19th-century fossil hunter. The podcast aims to shed light on the often-overlooked contributions of women throughout history and inspire listeners to learn more about these remarkable individuals.
National Women’s History Month is a time to celebrate and honor the contributions of women throughout history. Through books and podcasts, we can learn about the experiences and achievements of women and gain a better understanding of the advancements made toward gender equality.
To better understand Brandermill Woods and get started on a retirement of reading and conversation, we invite you to take a tour any time! Contact us today.