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Nonfiction

One hundred works representing the achievements of American women in nonfiction. The full list is available here.   

Criteria

  • Works that have garnered critical acclaim, including literary awards and honors; that have maintained a readership across generations, and for newer works, have engaged a wide swath of the reading public; that have been groundbreaking in helping to shape or shift the understanding and discussion of significant social and cultural issues.  

  • Writers who are American (by birth or by virtue of where the author has chosen to live); living or dead; writing in English

Samples from the list below. 

Full list available on February 21, 2017.

Celebrating Women's Voices

200 Books to Read and Talk About

One of the signature programs of our Centennial is Celebrating Women’s Voices, two book lists—in fiction/memoir/ poetry and in nonfiction—that the WNBA community considers to be the most influential books penned by women. 

A related initiative is the WNBA Book-A-Day Women’s History Month Program, selected from the two 100 lists, to be sent to members of Congress, the administration, and President Trump in March. Our aim is to help our new leaders understand and address the broad themes and complex issues that make up the landscape of the United States and the world. This is a remake of an initiative in 1955, when we sent books every day to a convalescing President Eisenhower.

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Criteria

  • Works that have garnered critical acclaim, including literary awards and honors; that have maintained a readership across generations, or for newer works, are engaging and appealing to a wide swath of the reading public; and/or have provided an impetus for significant change

  • Writers who are American (by birth or by virtue of where the author has chosen to live); living or dead; writing in English

  • Works that would appeal to YA readers but were not written specifically for that market

Samples from the list below. 

Full list available on February 21, 2017.

Fiction, Poetry, Memoir

One hundred works representing the achievements of American women in fiction, poetry, and memoir. The full list is available here.

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