Women’s History Month celebrates and acknowledges the women who have changed or marked history in some way. It is a time to honor women in the workforce and uplift the women at home and in our lives. In March, America celebrates how women have and continue to overcome the work to remove the obstacles that prevented them not just from voting but, more importantly, from reaching their full potential so that they could make a strong and positive difference for all Americans.
As part of this national celebration, Common Ground Committee would like to uplift women who have agreed to share their stories with us on ‘Let’s Find Common Ground,’ since last year’s Women’s History Month. If you want to see some of the influential and powerful women who have participated in our work up to that point, you can check out this blog post from last March. You can also listen to all podcast episodes here.
Tania Israel, Depolarizing America
Tania Israel is a professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Israel has facilitated educational programs and difficult dialogues about a range of topics, including abortion, law enforcement, religion, and sexual orientation.
Salena Zito, Understanding Trump Voters, and American Populism
Salena Zito is a political journalist for the Washington Examiner and the New York Post. She is the co-author of The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics.
Becky Pringle, Education Reimagined
Becky Pringle is president of the National Education Association. Before assuming NEA’s top post, she served as NEA vice president and before that as NEA secretary-treasurer. Pringle directed NEA’s work to combat institutional racism, and spotlight systemic patterns of racism and educational injustice that impact students.
Katharine Hayhoe, A Climate Scientist Makes the Case for Hope
Katharine Hayhoe serves as Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy. She is the Endowed Professor in Public Policy and Public Law and Paul W. Horn Distinguished Professor at Texas Tech University. Hayhoe is the Climate Ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance and has been named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People,” Fortune’s “50 Greatest Leaders,” and Foreign Policy’s “100 Leading Global Thinkers.”
An easy way to begin honoring this month is by diving into the perspectives of powerful women and learning about their experiences. We’ve compiled a reading list for March, featuring bestselling memoirs, stories of resilience and social change, insightful picks for women in politics, and more.
Condoleezza Rice, A Memoir of My Extraordinary Ordinary Family and Me
By Condoleezza Rice
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life
By: Jane Sherron de Hart
By: Michelle Obama
Spoken from The Heart
By: Laura Bush
My Beloved World
By: Sonia Sotomayor
High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out
By: Amanda Ripley
The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics
By: Salena Zito & Brad Todd
Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World
By: Katharine Hayhoe