Biographies and Memoirs About Inspiring Women #WomensHistoryMonth

This Women's History Month we brought to you suggested movies, our #WOMAN series with inspiring women and highlighted the work of some incredible women in photography. As this years Women's History Month comes to an end, it's time to unwind and maybe finish off the movies list we made for you or if you prefer a good book, start to get through the reading list that we are bringing to you this week. For this week's #SICRealLife, we are featuring some captivating biographies an memoirs of some inspiring strong women who have broken barriers and continue to push to the bounds of social constructs pertaining to gender and sex.

Florynce "Flo" Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical by Sherie M. Randolph

Florynce "Flo" Kennedy, has vibrant legacy as a leader of the Black Power and feminist movements. Often known for photos of her in a cowboy hat while flipping the bird she was an incredible leader of Black power and Feminism. This autobiography by Sherie M. Randolph recounts the incredible life of Kenndy and her work as an activist.

"Rather than simply reacting to the predominantly white feminist movement, Kennedy brought the lessons of Black Power to white feminism and built bridges in the struggles against racism and sexism. Randolph narrates Kennedy's progressive upbringing, her pathbreaking graduation from Columbia Law School, and her long career as a media-savvy activist" - Amazon

Candy Darling: Memoirs of an Andy Warhol Superstar

Candy Darling, was a trans icon who fulfilled her dream of becoming a “movie star.” Candy channeled her childhood idol Kim Novak and added a bit of Marilyn Monroe’s vulnerability to her persona.

"The novel includes entries from Candy’s journals include make-up tips, shopping lists, recipes, and letters to friends. She also writes about her struggles with identity, ambition to become a movie star, and the heartbreak and loneliness of being transsexual. Despite her status as a Warhol superstar and fixture in the backroom of Max’s Kansas City, she had no money and slept on friends’ couches. Being a New York cult figure in the ‘60s and ‘70s made you famous; it didn’t necessarily make you rich."

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‘The Woman They Could Not Silence’ by Kate Moore

"The enemy sits across the table and sleeps in the next room. Her husband of twenty-one years is plotting against her because he feels increasingly threatened―by Elizabeth's intellect, independence, and unwillingness to stifle her own thoughts. So he makes a plan to put his wife back in her place. One summer morning, he has her committed to an insane asylum." -Amazon

This captivating novel by Kate Moore tells the story of Elizabeth and the conditions inside the asylum. The story recounts Elizabeths fight back not only by her self, but along with other women who were in the asylum without reasonable cause...

‘In the Shadow of the Mountain’ by Silvia Vasquez-Lavado

Jami Attenberg was drawn to a life on the road. Frustrated by quotidian jobs and hungry for inspiration and fresh experiences, her wanderlust led her across the country and eventually on travels around the globe.

"It is during these adventures that she begins to reflect on the experiences of her youth—the trauma, the challenges, the risks she has taken. Driving across America on self-funded book tours, sometimes crashing on couches when she was broke, she keeps writing: in researching articles for magazines, jotting down ideas for novels, and refining her craft, she grows as an artist and increasingly learns to trust her gut and, ultimately, herself."- Amazon

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