We Should All be Feminists / by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Offers an updated definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness.
Red Comet / by Heather Clark
Focuses on Sylvia Plath’s remarkable literary and intellectual achievements, while restoring the woman behind the long-held myths about her life and art.
The Diary of a Young Girl / by Anne Frank
Anne Frank’s diary, written in the Amsterdam attic where she and her family hid from the Nazis for two years.
Marie Antoinette / by Antonia Fraser
Describes the life of Marie Antionette from her betrothal as a fourteen-year-old girl to the future King Louis XVI, through her life in the French court, to her courage in the face of revolutionaries who sent her to the guillotine.
My Own Words / by Ruth Bader GinsbergOffers a collection of engaging, serious, and playful writings and speeches from the Supreme Court justice on topics ranging from gender equality and the workings of the Court to Judaism and the value of looking beyond U.S. shores when interpreting the Constitution.
The Truths We Hold / by Kamala Harris
The civil rights leader, senator, and former attorney general of California draws on the lessons of her activist immigrant family to make recommendations for the universal issues of today, including economic inequality, health care, and national security.
Rise of the Rocket Girls / by Nathalia Holt
Traces the pivotal achievements of the elite female science recruits at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where in the mid-twentieth century they transformed rocket design and enabled the creation of the first American satellites.
Catherine the Great / by Robert Massie
Presents a reconstruction of the eighteenth-century empress’s life that covers her efforts to engage Russia in the cultural life of Europe, her creation of the Hermitage, and her numerous scandal-free romantic affairs.
Know My Name / by Chanel Miller
She was known to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. He had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford’s campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed, where it instantly went viral–viewed by almost eleven million people within four days, it was translated globally and read on the floor of Congress; it inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case. Thousands wrote to say that she had given them the courage to share their own experiences of assault for the first time. Now she reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words.
Code Girls / by Liza Mundy
Documents the pivotal contributions of more than 10,000 American women who served as codebreakers during World War II, detailing how their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives and enabled their subsequent careers, in an account that also reveals the strict practice of secrecy that nearly erased their efforts from history.
Reading Lolita in Tehran / by Azar Nafisi
Describes growing up in the Islamic Republic of Iran and the group of young women who came together at her home in secret every Thursday to read and discuss great books of Western literature.
Becoming / by Michelle ObamaAn intimate memoir by the former First Lady chronicles the experiences that have shaped her remarkable life, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago through her setbacks and achievements in the White House.
Fly Girls / by Keith O’Brien
The untold story of five women, including Amelia Earhart, who successfully fought to compete against men in the high-stakes national air races of the 1920s and 1930s.
D-Day Girls / by Sarah RoseThe award-winning author of For All the Tea in China documents the lesser-known story of the extraordinary women recruited by Britain’s elite spy agency to sabotage the Nazis and help pave the way for Allied victory during World War II.
Cleopatra / by Stacy SchiffSeparates fact from fiction to reconstruct the life of the most influential woman of her era, revealing Cleopatra as a complex woman and shrewd monarch whose life and death reshaped the ancient world.
Hidden Figures / by Margot Lee ShetterlyAn account of the previously unheralded but pivotal contributions of NASA’s African-American women mathematicians to America’s space program describes how they were segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws in spite of their groundbreaking successes.
My Beloved World / by Sonia Sotomayor
The first Hispanic-American on the U.S. Supreme Court shares the story of her life before becoming a judge, describing such experiences as her youth in a Bronx housing project, her relationship with a passionately spiritual grandparent, the ambition that fueled her ivy-league education and the individuals who helped shaped her career.
No One is Too Small to Make a Difference / by Greta Thunberg
The groundbreaking speeches of Greta Thunberg, the young climate activist who has become the voice of a generation, including her historic address to the United Nations.
Behind Every Great Man / by Marlene Wagman-GellerDetails the lives of forty women who stood behind their famous husbands and supported them, including such figures as Gandhi, Einstein, Picasso, and Malcolm X.
I Am Malala / by Malala Yousafzai
Describes the life of the young Pakistani student who advocated for women’s rights and education in the Taliban-controlled Swat Valley, survived an assassination attempt, and became the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.