5 Books by Latina Authors You Should Read During Women's History Month

Happy Women's History Month!

Throughout March, we celebrate the incredible achievements of women in the United States. However, as we all know, there are very few moments when we get to see Latina women killing it in mainstream history lessons.

The good thing? We have some amazing Latinx authors who have made sure their stories have gotten out there in the world.

Check out some of our favorites down below.

PLUS: 9 Books By Latinx Authors You Should Know About

1. "This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color" Edited by Gloria E. Anzaldúa

This piece serves as a classic in intersectional feminism, challenging white feminists who made claims to solidarity based on "sisterhood." While it is a product of the '80s, the piece is still very relevant to ongoing issues in the feminist movement today. 

2. "In the Time of the Butterflies" by Julia Alvarez

This historical novel tells the story of the outstandingly brave Mirabal sisters during the time of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic. The Mirabal sisters were activists who were involved with the underground fight against Trujillo. 

3. Borderlines/La Frontera: The New Mestiza

In this semi-autobiographical piece, Anzaldúa comes to terms with the various aspects of her identity (Chicana, lesbian, female, etc.) through essays and poems. She challenges ideas that exist about borders, U.S. vs. Mexican culture and how they inform her life and people like her. 

4. "When I Was Puerto Rican" by Esmeralda Santiago

This memoir is the first in a trilogy telling the story of Santiago and her journey from Puerto Rico to the United States. It demonstrates various themes of womanhood, machismo, racism and other common issues Latinx women go through.

5. "The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano" by Sonia Manzano

This novel takes place in 1960 Spanish Harlem in a time where The Young Lords party is startng to emerge in New York City and take back the neighborhood. This coming struggles on what it means to grow up as a brown young woman in such a politically charged time.