Books have extraordinary power—they bridge the gaps between past and present, allow the dead to speak, and give a voice to the silenced. In honor of Women’s History Month, we’d like to pay special attention to how books empower women. UC Press authors give women of the past the opportunity to speak to their descendants, and allow today’s women to tell their stories to the world. We publish books that cover the spectrum of female experience, addressing important issues and celebrating women as leaders, activists, mothers, scholars, goddesses, artists and so much more.
The National Women’s History Project has chosen “Women’s Art: Women’s History” as this year’s Women’s History Month theme. This month we will feature a selection of our latest books about remarkable women in all roles, particularly the arts.
The Talented Women of the Zhang Family, by Susan Mann
During the 18th and 19th centuries in China, the Zhang women recorded their experiences, poems and thoughts. Blending historical background with the Zhang women’s narratives, Susan Mann reconstructs their lives, revealing the often obscured female experience in China during that time.