Category: Women’s Studies

Who Was Julia Chinn?: An Excerpt from “The Vice President’s Black Wife”

The following is an excerpt from the introduction of The Vice President’s Black Wife: The Untold Life of Julia Chinn by Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, which is available wherever books are sold. Who Was Julia Chinn? Julia Ann Chinn was an enslaved Black woman. Born sometime between 1790 and 1797, Julia was originally owned by Richard’s parents, Robert and Jemima Suggett… Continue Reading Who Was Julia Chinn?: An Excerpt from “The Vice President’s Black Wife”

New Books This Week

It’s Tuesday which means we have new books that are officially on-sale wherever books are sold! You can also see our list of everything new this month on our Hot Off the Press page and you can sign up for our monthly eNews to get updates in your inbox about new books, news, promotions and more. Boardinghouse Women: How Southern Keepers, Cooks, Nurses,… Continue Reading New Books This Week

2023 National Women’s Studies Association Annual Meeting

UNC Press is excited to be exhibiting in-person at the NWSA annual meeting! We hope you’ll stop by our booth to say hello to editor Andreína Fernández and to browse our new titles on display. If you can’t join us in-person, you can always visit our virtual booth! And be sure to check out our Gender & American Culture series!… Continue Reading 2023 National Women’s Studies Association Annual Meeting

Billie Jean King Wins Again

The following is a guest post by Susan Ware, author of Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women’s Sports. As part of the research for my 2011 biography of Billie Jean King, I watched a video of “The Battle of the Sexes,” which took place fifty years ago on September 20, 1973. There it all was:… Continue Reading Billie Jean King Wins Again

Queer History is Southern History; Queer Women are Southern Women

The following is a guest post by La Shonda Mims, author of Drastic Dykes and Accidental Activists: Queer Women in the Urban South, which is available now everywhere books are sold. When I first conceived of Drastic Dykes and Accidental Activists, I knew that I wanted to address the lack of queer people in southern US histories and the lack of… Continue Reading Queer History is Southern History; Queer Women are Southern Women

“The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Women” Now Available as an Audiobook

The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Women: Stories of Landscape and Community in the Mountain South Edited by Kami Ahrens is now available as an audiobook from Audible, Libro.fm, Kobo and Apple Books. Listen to a sample of the audiobook below. Praise for The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Women: Kami Ahrens has selected a rich collection of powerful and compelling oral histories that reminds… Continue Reading “The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Women” Now Available as an Audiobook

Announcing the Black Women’s History Series Incubator

We are excited to announce the Black Women’s History Series Incubator! The incubator is open to authors who are currently completing a book-length manuscript on Black women’s history. One to two applicants will be selected and have the opportunity to receive feedback on their work-in-progress from series editors (Dr. Talitha L. LeFlouria,  Dr. Ashley Farmer, and Dr. Daina Ramey Berry) as… Continue Reading Announcing the Black Women’s History Series Incubator

Women’s Studies Books to Look Forward to in April

Happy Women’s History Month! In this blog post we’re highlighting the forthcoming Women’s History titles that will be publishing in April. Throughout the month we’ve been posting reading lists and excerpts of Women’s History Titles on the blog. Be sure to browse previous post’s, check out books in our Gender and American Culture series, and learn more about our new Black Women’s History series.… Continue Reading Women’s Studies Books to Look Forward to in April

Recasting the Vote: Introduction

Happy Women’s History Month! If you’re looking for Women’s History Titles to read this month, you can browse our previous Women’s History Blog Post’s, check out books in our Gender and American Culture series, and learn more about our new Black Women’s History series. The following is an excerpt from the introduction of Recasting the Vote: How Women of Color Transformed the Suffrage… Continue Reading Recasting the Vote: Introduction

Bestselling Women’s History Titles Over the Years

Happy Women’s History Month! UNC Press has been publishing in Women’s studies for many years and in celebration of this month, we looked back at some of our bestselling Women’s History Titles and compiled this reading list. You can also check out our and our Gender and American Culture series as well as our new Black Women’s History series. Shirley… Continue Reading Bestselling Women’s History Titles Over the Years

The Women of Kerman

Happy Women’s History Month! Originating in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week,” and after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, in 1987, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between… Continue Reading The Women of Kerman

Ordinary Violence

The following is an excerpt from Consent in the Presence of Force: Sexual Violence and Black Women’s Survival in Antebellum New Orleans by Emily A. Owens, available wherever books are sold. In histories of enslavement and in Black women’s history, coercion looms large in any discussion of sex and sexuality. At a time when sexual violence against Black women was… Continue Reading Ordinary Violence

The Making of a Young Intellectual

The following is an excerpt from Shirley Chisholm: Champion of Black Feminist Power Politics by Anastasia C. Curwood, available wherever books are sold. The Making of a Young Intellectual Although Shirley Chisholm would eventually be a formidable Black feminist political force, young Shirley St. Hill was ambivalent about pursuing politics during college and her early career. She was inspired by… Continue Reading The Making of a Young Intellectual

2022 National Women’s Studies Association Annual Meeting

UNC Press is excited to be exhibiting at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Meeting! We hope you’ll stop by booth 207 to say hello to editor Andreina Fernandez and to browse our titles on display. If you can’t join us in-person, you can always visit our virtual booth! Stop by either our in-person booth or our virtual booth to browse our new women’s studies… Continue Reading 2022 National Women’s Studies Association Annual Meeting

The Overturning of Roe v. Wade and A History of Sexual Violence Towards Women of Color, Black Women, Indigenous Women, and Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People.

The following is a guest post by Bernadine Marie Hernández, author of Border Bodies: Racialized Sexuality, Sexual Capital, and Violence in the Nineteenth-Century Borderland, available wherever books are sold. On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that affirmed the constitutional right to abortion. On June 7, 2022, my book about the sexual… Continue Reading The Overturning of Roe v. Wade and A History of Sexual Violence Towards Women of Color, Black Women, Indigenous Women, and Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People.

Reading List for Women’s Equality Day

Happy Women’s Equality Day! To celebrate, we’ve created a reading list of books covering a range of topics including women’s suffrage, workplace equality, human rights, and more. Recasting the Vote: How Women of Color Transformed the Suffrage Movement by Cathleen D. Cahill Honorable Mention, 2020 Armitage-Jameson Prize, Coalition for Western Women’s History Honorable Mention, 2022 President’s Book Prize, Society for… Continue Reading Reading List for Women’s Equality Day

2022 Southern Association for Women Historians Conference

UNC Press is excited to be exhibiting in-person at the 2022 Southern Association for Women Historians Conference! We hope you’ll stop by our booth to say hello to editor Andrew Winters and to browse our recent titles on display. If you can’t join us in-person, please visit our virtual booth! To browse these titles and more, be sure to stop… Continue Reading 2022 Southern Association for Women Historians Conference

Writing the History of Legal Abortion

The following is an excerpt from 2015’s Abortion after Roe by Johanna Schoen, recipient of the William H. Welch Medal from the American Association for the History of Medicine. Schoen sheds light on the little-studied experience of performing and receiving abortion care from the 1970s–a period of optimism–to the rise of the antiabortion movement and the escalation of antiabortion tactics… Continue Reading Writing the History of Legal Abortion

Women’s History Month 2022 Reading List (Curated by Ann Bingham)

Happy Women’s History Month! In celebration of this historical month, we’ll be sharing reading lists curated by our staff featuring all authors who identify as women. Today we’re sharing a list from our Exhibits and Awards Manager Ann Bingham. Click here to see the previously shared lists and learn more about how Women’s History Month came about. If you’re interested in purchasing any of… Continue Reading Women’s History Month 2022 Reading List (Curated by Ann Bingham)

New Editorial Roles for Mark Simpson-Vos and Debbie Gershenowitz

As UNC Press launches its new acquisitions strategy in its centennial year, effective April 1, 2022, two senior members of the Press’s editorial team are taking on new roles to align oversight of key lists with the Press’s strategic priorities. Editorial Director Mark Simpson-Vos will substantially shift his focus, taking over responsibility for the Press’s prestigious list of general-interest and… Continue Reading New Editorial Roles for Mark Simpson-Vos and Debbie Gershenowitz