Centennial Reading Series

LWVGDA Centennal Reading Series

Celebrating Women in Books

In honor of the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and Women’s Right to Vote, the Greater Dayton League of Women Voters is hosting a reading series. The books are about the amazing accomplishments of women before, during and after winning the vote, that somehow did not make it into the history books. So order the book, or check it out from the Dayton Metro Library and join us for a discussion of what women were doing 70 -100 years ago

Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History, by Keith O’Brien (20 May 2019)

Between world wars no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. Thousands flocked to mid-day events and cities vied with one another to host them. The pilots themselves were hailed as dashing heroes, who cheerfully stared death in the face. Female pilots however, were more often ridiculed than praised for what the press portrayed as silly efforts to horn in on a manly, and deadly pursuit. This book recounts how a cadre of women banded together to break the original glass ceiling.
Fly Girls
The Woman Who Smashed the Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine who Outwitted America’s Enemies, by Jason Fagone (13 August 2019)

One hundred years ago, Elizabeth Smith Friedman, a young woman in her 20’s suddenly became one of the greatest code breakers in the country. She taught herself how to solve secret messages without knowing the key. She helped us to win World Wars. Andshe also shaped the intelligence community as we know it today.
Woman who smashed codes
The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers, by Elizabeth Cobbs (12 November 2019)

The story of how America’s first women soldiers fought in the US Army in 1918, helped to win World War I, and earned the vote. The US Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France. They were the masters of the latest technology – the telephone switchboard – and were charged with connecting telephone lines and dispatching messages between units and command posts. While Suffragettes picketed the White House and President Woodrow Wilson struggled to persuade a segregationist Congress to give women of all races the vote, these competent and courageous young women swore the Army oath. The last of them were discharged in 1920, dismissed by the Army with no veterans benefits.
Hello Girls
The Girls of Atomic City: the Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win WW II, by Denise Kierman (11 February 2020)

This book tells the story ofthe young women of Oak Ridge, Tennessee who unwittingly played a crucial role in one of the most significant moments in US History. The Tennessee town of Oak Ridge was created from scratch in 1942. One of the Manhattan project’s secret cities, it did not appear on any map until 1949, and yet at the height was using more electricity than New York City, and was home to 75,000 people, many of whom were young women recruited from small towns across the South. Their jobs were shrouded in mystery, but they were buoyed by a sense of shared purpose.
Woman who smashed codes
Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’sShining Women, by Katie Moore (12 May 2020)

In the early 20th Century, one of the best jobs young girls and women in America could have involved something exciting and brand new: radium. Sparkling, glowing and beautiful, radium was also, according to the companies that employed these young women, completely harmless. A century later the truth about radium and its assorted isotopes is all too well known. This is the story of these young women, seemingly so fortunate, who were poisoned by the jobs they felt so lucky to have.
Radium Girls
We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of the American Women Trapped on Bataan, by Elizabeth Norman (11 August 2020)

In the fall of 1941, the Philippines was a garden scented paradise for the American Army and Navy nurses stationed there. War was a distant rumor, with a life of easy shifts and dinner under the stars. On December 8 that changed as Japanese bombs began raining down on American bases in Luzon, and this paradise became a fiery hell. Caught in the raging battle, the nurses set up filed hospitals in the jungles of Bataan, where they tended to the most devastating injuries of war, and suffered the terror of shells and shrapnel. After Batan fell, the nurses were taken prisoner in December 1941 and herded into internment camps, until the Philippines was liberated in 1945.
We band of angels