Women’s History Month Books Guide: 10 Great Reads by Graduate Center Faculty and Alumni
Books by Graduate Center faculty and alumni.
Tough examinations of hard questions, deep looks into the lives of women of the past and of today, and a pandemic book by a mother-daughter writing team who take the long view of pandemics ⎯ these Graduate Center professors and alumni have you covered:
1. Restless Enterprise, by Professor Katherine Manthorne (Art History), profiles the most famous American artist you never heard of: Eliza Pratt Greatorex, a 19th century landscape painter and graphic artist.
2. You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer: Black Women and Systemic Gendered Racism, by Tsedale Melaku (Ph.D. ’16, Sociology), takes an in-depth look at the real lives of Black women in law firms, showing the challenges they face as a result of institutional practices.
3. Fault Lines, by the poet and essayist Professor Meena Alexander, is an evocative memoir of one woman’s journey as a writer, and was reissued last year on the two-year anniversary of her passing.
4. We the Women: The Unstoppable Mothers of the Equal Rights Amendment, by Professor Julie Suk (Sociology), delves into the decades-long, ongoing fight to add the ERA to the Constitution.
5. The Pursuit of Happiness: Black Women, Diasporic Dreams and the Politics of Emotional Transnationalism, by Professor Bianca C. Williams (Psychology, Anthropology) follows middle-aged Black women on their repeated trips to Jamaica to show what tourism can teach us about racial identity.
6. Children Framing Childhoods, by Professor Wendy Luttrell (Urban Education), shows how children experience growing up in working-class immigrant families, and reveals the essential work done by two groups of women: mothers and teachers.
7. Equal under the Sky: Georgia O'Keeffe and Twentieth-Century Feminism, by Professor Linda M. Grasso (GC/York College, English), charts O’Keeffe’s complicated and sometimes contradictory relationship with feminist movements from the 1910s to the 1970s.
8. Viral Pandemics: From Smallpox to COVID-19, by mother-daughter writing team Professor Allison B. Kavey (GC/John Jay, History) Rae-Ellen Kavey, M.D., puts our current crisis in perspective, and demonstrates how the history of viruses is essentially the history of public health.
9. Legacy of Blood: Jews, Pogroms, and Ritual Murder in the Lands of the Soviets, by Professor Elissa Bemporad (GC/Queens College; History), is an award-winning and deeply researched account of anti-Jewish violence, particularly against women, that informs our current political moment.
10. An Inclusive Academy: Achieving Diversity and Excellence, by Distinguished Professor Virginia Valian (GC/Hunter; Psychology, Linguistics, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences/ Psychology), outlines ways to change recruitment, hiring, and evaluation policies to make the academy a more diverse place.
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Submitted on: MAR 3, 2021
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