“Long before women were marching for the right to vote, they were cross-stitching,” begins the new book by Anna Fleiss and Lauren Mancuso. And while that line might seem incongruous reading it today — voting? cross-stitching? — there’s actually a history lesson in here: Back in the 18th Century, women learned how to read and write through stitching their ABCs. With Feminist Icon Cross-Stitch, out by Running Press, Fleiss and Mancuso offer a welcome update to the venerable craft.

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