100 Must-Read Titles About Women’s History

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The Female King of Colonial Nigeria: Ahebi Ugbabe (2011) by Nwando Achebe
My Invented Country (2003) by Isabel Allende
Searching for Life: The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo and the Disappeared Children of Argentina (1999) by Rita Arditti
Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years : Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times (1994) by Elizabeth Wayland Barber
Humanizing the Sacred: Sisters in Islam and the Struggle for Gender Justice in Malaysia (2015) by Azza Basarudin
The Second Sex [abridged English translation by H. M. Parshley] (1949) by Simone de Beauvoir
Natural Rebels: A Social History of Enslaved Black Women in Barbados (1989) by Hilary McD. Beckles
It's Always Possible: One Woman's Transformation of India's Prison System (1998) by Kiran Bedi
The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War (2002) by Gioconda Belli
Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America's Independence (2005) by Carol Berkin
Manchu Princess, Japanese Spy: The Story of Kawashima Yoshiko, the Cross-Dressing Spy Who Commanded Her Own Army (Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture) (2015) by Phyllis Birnbaum
Discarded Legacy: Politics and Poetics in the Life of Frances E.W. Harper, 1825-1911 (African American Life) (1994) by Melba Joyce Boyd
The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman (2007) by Nancy Marie Brown
Golda (2008) by Elinor Burkett
She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth (2010) by Helen Castor
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China (1991) by Jung Chang
America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines (2003) by Gail Collins
The Queen of Katwe: One Girl's Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion (2012) by Tim Crothers
Women, Race, and Class (1981) by Angela Y. Davis
I, Phoolan Devi: The Autobiography of India's Bandit Queen (1996) by Phoolan Devi
Isabella: The Warrior Queen (2014) by Kirstin Downey
Sophie Scholl and the White Rose (1999) by Annette Dumbach
Hypatia of Alexandria (1995) by Maria Dzielska
The Chalice and The Blade (1987) by Riane Eisler
Lieutenant Nun: Memoir of a Basque Transvestite in the New World (1829) by Catalina de Erauso
Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America (1991) by Lillian Faderman
Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America (2005) by Dana Frank
The Warrior Queens (1988) by Antonia Fraser
No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women (2002) by Estelle Freedman
The Feminine Mystique (1963) by Betty Friedan
Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War (2011) by Leymah Gbowee
Women in the Middle Ages (1978) by Frances Gies
Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso: A Tale of Race, Sex, and Violence in America (2016) by Kali Nicole Gross
Open Wide the Freedom Gates: A Memoir (2003) by Dorothy Height
Women Artists: An Illustrated History (1987) by Nancy G. Heller
If This is a Woman: Inside Ravensbruck, Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women (2015) by Sarah Helm
Infidel (2007) by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center (1984) by bell hooks
Identity by Design: Tradition, Change, and Celebration in Native Women's Dresses (2007) by National Museum of the American Indian
Wives, Slaves, and Concubines: A History of the Female Underclass in Dutch Asia (2010) by Eric Jones
Women & guerrilla movements : Nicaragua, El Salvador, Chiapas, Cuba (2002) by Karen Kampwirth
In the Days of Our Grandmothers: A Reader in Aboriginal Women?s History in Canada (2006) by Mary-Ellen Kelm
Out to Work: The History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States (1982) by Alice Kessler-Harris
Women of Korea : a history from ancient times to 1945 (1976) by Yung-Chung Kim
Louise Pound: The 19th Century Iconoclast Who Forever Changed America's Views About Women, Academics and Sports (2008) by Marie Krohn
White Saris and Sweet Mangoes: Aging, Gender, and Body in North India (2000) by Sarah Lamb
The Creation of Patriarchy (1986) by Gerda Lerner
Madame Chiang Kai-shek: China's Eternal First Lady (2006) by Laura Tyson Li
Pretty-shield: Medicine Woman of the Crows (1932) by Frank B. Linderman
Isabel Orleans-Bragança: The Brazilian Princess Who Freed the Slaves (2008) by James Mcmurtry Longo
The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Age (2014) by Myra MacPherson
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman (2011) by Robert K. Massie
The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World (2014) by Adrienne Mayor
I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman In Guatemala (1983) by Rigoberta Menchú
Borders and Boundaries: How Women Experienced the Partition of India (1998) by Ritu Menon
Far More Terrible for Women: Personal Accounts of Women in Slavery (2006) by Patrick Minges
Dreaming with the Ancestors: Black Seminole Women in Texas and Mexico (Race and Culture in the American West Series, Vol. 4) (2010) by Shirley Boteler Mock
The Belles of New England: The Women of the Textile Mills and the Families Whose Wealth They Wove (2002) by William Moran
Good Time Girls of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush (1998) by Lael Morgan
The Pope's Daughter: The Extraordinary Life of Felice della Rovere (2005) by Caroline P. Murphy
Night Witches: The Amazing Story Of Russia's Women Pilots in World War II (1981) by Bruce Myles
Daughters of the Earth (1977) by Carolyn Niethammer
Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back (2015) by Janice P. Nimura
The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan (2014) by Jenny Nordberg
Women on Ice: The Early Years of Women's Hockey in Western Canada (2009) by Wayne Norton
Revolutionary Women in Postrevolutionary Mexico (2005) by Jocelyn Olcott
The Winter Queen: Elizabeth of Bohemia (1938) by Carola Oman
Eva Peron (1995) by Alicia Dujovne Ortiz
Wise Women of the Dreamtime: Aboriginal Tales of the Ancestral Powers (1993) by K. Langloh Parker
In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom (2015) by Yeonmi Park
Undaunted: My Struggle for Freedom and Survival in Burma (2010) by Zoya Phan
The Book of the City of Ladies (1405) by Christine de Pizan
Thousands of Roads: A Memoir of a Young Woman's Life in the Ukrainian Underground During and After World War II (2001) by Maria Savchyn Pyskir
Palestinian Women of Gaza and the West Bank (1998) by Suha Sabbagh
Sky Train: Tibetan Women on the Edge of History (2009) by Canyon Sam
Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia (2001) by Jean Sasson
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (2000) by Marjane Satrapi
Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History... and Our Future! (2015) by Kate Schatz
In Praise of Black Women, Volume 1: Ancient African Queens (2001) by Simone Schwarz-Bart
Women in Caribbean History: The British-colonised Territories (1999) by Verene Shepherd
A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx (2009) by Elaine Showalter
Nike Is a Goddess: The History of Women in Sports (1998) by Lissa Smith
Walking in the Sacred Manner: Healers, Dreamers, and Pipe Carriers--Medicine Women of the Plains (1995) by Mark St. Pierre
Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science and the World (2015) by Rachel Swaby
The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia's Convict Women (2010) by Deborah J. Swiss
The Voice That Remembers: A Tibetan Woman's Inspiring Story of Survival (1997) by Adhe Tapontsang
The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women's Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898 (Gender and American Culture) (2014) by Lisa Tetrault
From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawai'i (1993) by Haunani-Kay Trask
Daughters of Isis: Women of Ancient Egypt (Penguin History) (1994) by Joyce A. Tyldesley
Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History (2007) by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire (2010) by Jack Weatherford
Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution (2006) by Caroline Weber
The Mapmaker's Wife: A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon (2004) by Robert Whitaker
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) by Mary Wollstonecraft
A History of the Wife (2001) by Marilyn Yalom
The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan (2015) by Rafia Zakaria

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