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Agnes Lake Hickok: Queen of the Circus, Wife of a Legend, by Linda A. Fisher and Carrie Bowers.
The unforgettable biography of a remarkable woman who was the first woman to own and operate a circus and who went on to marry Wild Bill Hickok and to work with Buffalo Bill Cody and P. T. Barnum.

Alien Constructions, by Patricia Melzer.
Science Fiction and Feminist Thought.

At Home in Nineteenth-Century America: A Documentary History, by Amy G. Richter.
Take a journey through 19th century domestic life through this series of excerpts from personal accounts, essays, government documents, magazine articles, fictional stories, advice manuals, and much more...

Autobiography of Mother Jones, by Mary Harris Jones.
The compelling story of the life of a tireless labor leader and crusader for child labor laws and workers' rights.

The Bewitching of Anne Gunter: A Horrible and True Story of Deception, Witchcraft, Murder, and the King of England, By James Sharpe.
A case study of Anne Gunter claim of demonic possession and the resulting witch trials - including her own.

Boudica: The British Revolt Against Rome AD 60, By Graham Webster.
Boudica, Queen of the Iceni, raised an army and nearly succeeded in forcing the Roman's out of Britain. In Boudica: The British Revolt Against Rome AD 60, Dr. Graham Webster explores the archeological evidence from which much of our knowledge about Boudica and the revolt has been derived.

Calamity Jane: The Woman and the Legend, by James D. McLaird.
The definitive biography of Martha Canary, a.k.a. Calamity Jane.

Called to Serve: A History of Nuns in America, by Margaret M. McGuinness.
A concise survey of the history of Catholic women religious in American.

Cleopatra: A Sourcebook, by Prudence J. Jones.
A collection of documents that chronicle the historical life of Cleopatra, and how her life's story has been interpreted in both historical and literary spheres.

Combat Nurse, By Eric Taylor.
During World War II, numerous women volunteered to serve as military nurses. Often their jobs placed them at grave risk of injury or capture by the enemy, and all too often they met their deaths while doing their duty. In Combat Nurse, Eric Taylor has woven a riveting book that describes what is it was like to be a British nurse, serving in combat areas, during World War II.

The Concubine, the Princess, and the Teacher: Voices from the Ottoman Harem , edited by Douglas Scott Brookes.
Three memoirs that offer a glimpse into life within the Ottoman Imperial Harem covering the period from 1876 to 1924.

The Empress Theodora - Partner of Justinian, by James Allan Evans.
A fascinating biography of a woman who rose from the lowest ranks of Byzantine society to become an immensely powerful empress.

The Floating Brothel, By Sian Rees.
The extraordinary story of an eighteenth-century ship and its cargo of female convicts.

Florence Nightingale: Avenging Angel, By Hugh Small.
In this revolutionary biography of Florence Nightingale, Small presents the reader with an forthright view of exactly who Florence Nightingale was, what motivated her, and the effect of her activities both in making nursing a mainstream and acceptable occupation for middle and upper class women, for helping to institute academic nursing training, and the impact that she had on public health.

Gender and Morality in Anglo-American Culture, 1650-1800, by Ruth H. Bloch.
The origins of Anglo-American concepts about gender and morality are delineated in eight essays by a leading authority on feminist theory and history.

Governess: The Lives and Times of the Real Jane Eyres, by Ruth Brandon.
Brandon weaves literary and social history with details from the lives of actual governesses, drawn from their letters and journals, to craft a rare portrait of real women whose lives were in stark contrast to the romantic tales of their fictional counterparts.

In Search of Islamic Feminism, by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea.
This book explores the lives, and hopes, of Islamic women around the world.

An Intimate Affair: Women, Lingerie, and Sexuality, by Jill Fields.
A sweeping overview of the history of women's intimate apparel in the twentieth century.

Japan's Comfort Women: Sexual Slavery and Prostitution During World War II and the US Occupation, By Yuki Tanaka
Tanaka takes an honest and in-depth look at the history of Japan's Comfort Women - women who were forced into sexual slavery to meet the 'needs' of Japanese soldiers.

Jewish Women in Fin de Sičle Vienna, by Alison Rose.
This is the definitive book on the history of Jewish women in Fin de Sičle Vienna, detailing the cultural, religious, and political life of Viennese Jewish women from 1890-1914.

Jewish Women Pioneering the Frontier Trail, by Jeanne E. Abrams.
A History in the American West. This text chronicles the history of Jewish Women in the American West from the 1848 Gold Rush through the early 1900's.

A Lady's Ranch Life in Montana, by Isabel F. Randall.
A collection of letters that offers a unique glimpse into frontier life in Montana in the late 1880's. This text has been edited by Richard L. Saunders, who as incorporated a wealth of explanatory notes and references to the original text.

The Light in the Window, by June Goulding
A graphic account of the nine months that Goulding spent working as a midwife in the Bessboro Home for Unmarried Mothers, where the unwed mothers were incarcerated for up to three years for their 'sin' and forced to do hard labor in inhumane conditions, without adequate medical care or food, as a form of repentance.

The Oatman Massacre - A Tale of Desert Captivity and Survival, by Brian McGinty.
A comprehensive and up-to-date account of the Oatman massacre, which provides a detailed, historical overview of the events leading up to the massacre, the captivity of Olive and Mary Ann Oatman, and the aftermath of Olive's rescue.

Of Little Comfort, by Erika Kuhlman.
War Widows, Fallen Soldiers, and the Remaking of the Nation After the Great War.

Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities, by Alexandra Robbins.
Robbins' objective was to tell readers about what it was like for women inside sororities through interviews, research, and historical perspectives. In order to gain access to the sororities, Robbins went undercover as an undergraduate and befriended four women, who allowed her to infiltrate their organizations.

Our Mothers' War: American Women at Home and at the Front During World War II, by Emily Yellin
Yellin looks at how women from all walks of life and races, from sex workers to the elite, dealt with the challenges presented by the war.

Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma, by Camilla Townsend.
An insightful biography that explores the life and times of Pocahontas and the tenacious relationship between the Native American population in Virginia and the invading English settlers.

Sex Work and the City: The Social Geography of Health and Safety in Tijuana, Mexico, by Yasmina Katsulis.
A detailed, anthropological study of the commercialized sex industry in Tijuana, and the health and safety risks faced by both legal and illegal sex workers in the city.

Slum Travelers: Ladies and London Poverty, 1860-1920, Edited by Ellen Ross.
A selection of works by middle and upper class women who ventured into the London slums to engage in social and religious work.

Under Wraps: A History of Menstrual Hygiene Technology, by Sharra L. Vostral.
A unique look at the development of modern feminine hygiene products, how they have been marketed, and the role that they have played in the history of the modern American women and how social attitudes have changed, over time, in regard to these artifacts.

Vestal Virgins, Sibyls, and Matrons: Women in Roman Religion, by Sarolta A. Takács.
This book offers an overview of the role that women played in Roman religious practices and public ceremonies, and their contribution to Roman society and history.

Warrior Women: An Archaeologist's Search for History's Hidden Heroines
By Jeannine Davis-Kimball, with Mona Behan
In this richly illustrated book, Davis-Kimball details her investigation into the role and status of women in ancient Eurasian cultures, including her endeavors to uncover the evidence to support the tradition that women, in many ancient cultures, held positions of power.

Women and Beauty in Pompeii,by Antonio d'Ambrosio.
This richly illustrated book offers a brief overview of the Pompeian, and by extension, Roman concept of beauty - and the methods by which this beauty was achieved.

Women in Ancient Rome, Edited by Diana E. E. Kleiner and Susan B. Matheson.
Roman women have long been underrepresented in the historical record. Using Roman artifacts and works of art, the Yale University Art Gallery created an exhibition that offered the first comprehensive overview of the lives of Roman women. From this exhibition emerged two extraordinary books: I, Claudia: Women in Ancient Rome and I Claudia II: Women in Roman Art and Society.

Women of Byzantium, by Carolyn L. Connor.
Connor offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives and history of Byzantine women from all walks of life, including empresses, monastic women, commoners, and artisans.

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