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CHICAGO WOMEN

Join us on Wednesday March 7, 2018 for a fascinating program about some of the amazing women of Chicago’s past and present. While you’re waiting, check out these books. Not all of these women will be profiled in the program, but they're all inspiring and have links to Chicago. Come to the Information desk for more suggestions to keep you reading during Women’s History Month, and register for Hell Hath No Fury: The Wild, Wicked, and Wonderful Women of the Windy City to learn more about these incredible women.

Happy reading!

NON-FICTION/BIOGRAPHICAL:

Jane Addams

Addams was the first American woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize

The House that Jane Built by Tanya Lee Stone

 

Ida B Wells

Wells was an early Civil Rights activist and crusader against lynching.

Ida: A Sword Among Lions by Paula Giddings

 

The Everleigh Sisters

Ada and Minna Everleigh owned and operated The Everleigh Club, an opulent brothel patronized by the wealthy and influential of Chicago.

Come into My Parlor: a biography of the aristocratic Everleigh sisters of Chicago by Charles Washburn

 

Michelle Obama

As well as serving as former First Lady, Obama is a lawyer, writer, and advocate.

The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own edited by Veronica Chambers


 

 

FICTION BY WOMEN FROM CHICAGO: 

Sandra Cisneros

Cisneros is an award winning author and a key figure in Chicana literature.

The House on Mango Street

 

Gwendolyn Brooks

The first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize. She was also the Illinois Poet Laureate in 1968.

We Are Shining

 

Veronica Roth

Roth is author of the bestselling dystopian book and movie trilogy, which also take place in Chicago.

Divergent

 

Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl may take place in New York, but Flynn has called Chicago home for the duration of her writing career.

Gone Girl

 

DVDS FROM CHICAGO WOMEN:

Juno (Diablo Cody)

Party Down (Jane Lynch)

Dreamgirls (Jennifer Hudson)

 

CHICAGO CENTRIC DVDS: 

Chicago

Chi-Raq

 

BONUS:

Shonda Rhimes

The prolific TV producer, showrunner, author is from Chicago, so take a look at some of her output. Check out Grey's AnatomyScandal, and Year of Yes.