Virginia Chapter of the

National Organization for Women

Archivist Statements


Here's a list of texts I read or encountered or was given in the process of creating this oral history and archive. It's not a scholarly compendium, just a record of books that entered my life (again, in some cases) as I worked on this project, and so seem more germane than some of the many excellent histories and critiques of the women's liberation movement/s. I offer them here mostly as part of the context that developed around this oral history. Many of these books are also on the READ page. On that page, you'll also find a listing of DC area independent bookstores you might enjoy visiting, or that would be happy to order your book for you. VaNOW likes to privilege the locally owned over the globally convenient, so we try to give you both options. Here beleow, we link the nine (that's 9) feminist bookstores/community centers remining in the US. You might also choose to drop by one of them, or order your book at one of these woman owned and operated shops. Enjoy, and as always, if you have a suggestion for a good book, or bookstore, do share. Email historian@vanow.org. -- Simone Roberts


the Books

Changing History: 400 Years of Virginia Women.
 Co-authors Cynthia Kierner, Jennifer Loux, and Megan Taylor-Shockely. Richmond: Library of Virginia Press, 2013. 

Endless Crusade: Women Social Scientists and Progressive Reform, Ellen Fitzpatrick, Oxford 1990.


The Feminist Memoir Project: Voices from Women's Liberation, Co-authors Rachel Blau DuPlessis and Ann Snitow, Rutgers 2007.

Feminists Who Changed America 1963-1975, Ed. Barbara J. Love, Foreward Nacy F. Cott, University of Illinios 2006.

Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, Co-authors Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2010. 

The World Split Open: How the Modern Women's Movement Changed America, by Ruth Rosen, Penguin 2006.


the Bookstores


Antigone Books: Tucson, AZ

Bloodroot: Bridgeport, CT

BookWoman: Austin, TX

Charis Books & MoreAtlanta, GA

Common LanguageAnn Arbor, MI 

In Other WordsPortland, OR

Northern Woman's Bookstore: Thunder Bay Ontario, CANADA

People Called WomenToledo, OH

Room of One's OwnMadison, WI

Wild Iris Books: Gainesville, FL 

Women and Children First: Chicago, IL

WomencraftsProvincetown, MA

Our thanks to Charis Books & More for making this list.