Sky’s the Limit!

By Launchpad Staff 

The sky truly is the limit for women at work thanks to trailblazers like Kalpana Chawla, Ellen Ochoa, Katherine Johnson and Sally Ride.

Want more? Check out the suggested reading list below courtesy of CofC professors Kris De Welde and Sandy Slater

Alice Kessler-Harris, Out to Work: A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States, 20th Anniversary Edition (Oxford, 2003).  This is the 20th printing!!

Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider (Crossing Press, 1984)

Angela Davis, Women, Race & Class (Vintage Books, 1981)

Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (1963)

Charlotte Perkins Gillman, The Yellow Wallpaper (1892)

Cherie Moraga & Gloria Anzaldua, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (Persephone press, 1981)

Cynthia Blair, I’ve Got to Make My Livin’: Black Women’s Sex Work in Turn-of-the-Century Chicago (Historical Studies of Urban America) (Chicago, 2018)

Hull et al., All the Women are White, All the Blacks are Men, But Some of Us are Brave (The Feminist Press at CUNY,2015, 2nd edition)

Janice Nemura, The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine (Norton, 2021)

Jeanne Boydston, Home and Work: Housework, Wages, and the Ideology of Labor in the Early Republic 1st Edition (Oxford, 1994)

Lynn Peril, Swimming in the Pool: A Retro Guide to Making It in the Office (Norton, 2011)

Martha S. Jones, Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All (Basic Books, 2020)

Miriam Cohen, Workshop to Office: Two Generations of Italian Women in New York City, 1900-1950 (Cornell, 1993)

Sharon Strom, Beyond the Typewriter: Gender, Class, and the Origins of Modern American Office Work (University of Illinois, 1994)

Simone De Beauvoir, The Second Sex (1949)

Rachel Hynson, Laboring for the State: Women, Family, and Work in Revolutionary Cuba, 1959–1971 (Cambridge Latin American Studies, Series Number 117) (Cambridge, 2020)

Roxanne Gay, Bad Feminist (Harper Perennial, 2014)

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