Celebrating Women’s History at The Fortune Society

Celebrating Women’s History at The Fortune Society


For Women’s History Month, the staff at The Fortune Society collaborated to create a community guide for celebrating and honoring Women’s history. The guide includes events, policy actions, resources, book recommendations, and a Women’s History Spotify playlist.

Recognizing that Women’s history is a part of American history—and American history is year-round—we will continuously update this list throughout the year.

Women’s History Spotify Playlist

Listen to The Fortune Society’s Women’s History Spotify playlist, with songs selected by staff members. Artists include Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Lizzo, Dolly Parton and more.

Book Recommendations

Inside This Place, Not Of It: Narratives From Women’s Prisons edited by Ayelet Waldman and Robin Levi

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick

Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women by Cari Lynn and Susan Burton

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg

Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross

Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence and America’s Prison Nation by Beth Richie

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement

I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

In My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Circe by Madeline Miller

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


Watch our “Reentry for Women, Trans Women & the LGBTQIA+ Community: Housing, Health and Healing” Webinar

View a Town Hall Webinar for an in-depth conversation on the intersecting challenges of health and housing facing women, trans women and LGBTQIA+ individuals as they return from incarceration, and how we can support their healing through reentry. Watch now!


Film Recommendations

On the Basis of Sex directed by Mimi Leder

Suffragette directed by Sarah Gavron

What Happened, Miss Simone? directed by Liz Garbus

Anita directed by Freida Lee Mock

Bend It Like Beckham directed by Gurinder Chadha

RBG directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West

A League of Their Own directed by Penny Marshall

Little Women directed by Greta Gerwig

He Named Me Malala

Battle of the Sexes directed by Jonathon Dayton and Valerie Faris

Queen of Katwe directed by Mira Nair

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