Telling Our Stories, Shaping Our World: Books to Celebrate Women Storytellers

By NYPL Staff
February 27, 2023

This March, The New York Public Library celebrates women, past and present, who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling in honor of Women's History Month. Join us for recommended reading, programs, resources, and more. Plus, check out book lists that highlight the contributions of women writers and look back on the women who helped build NYPL.

If the stories we tell become our culture and our history, then it matters who is telling the stories. It hasn't always been easy to be heard, but women storytellers—novelists, poets, journalists, actors, photographers—have found ways to reframe our understanding of the past and give voice to their lived experiences to shape the future. Calling out injustices, portraying the richness and depth of women's lives on screen, and creating characters and stories that both push creative boundaries and open our minds to new ideas and perspectives, women storytellers have a lot to teach us. The memoirs and biographies on this list illuminate the lives and work of just a small sampling of the powerful women storytellers you can find at the Library.

Summaries provided via NYPL’s catalog, which draws from multiple sources. Click through to each book’s title for more.