Women in History

The following compiled list of historical fiction and memoirs/ biographies represents thirty-one choices to read, discover and learn more about women who’ve made history, individually or collectively. Please drop a comment for a book or person you recommend for my 2023 list. Not sure I can add more days to the calendar for March, but shouldn’t we celebrate Women in History every day? How about a list of 365 Women in History?



Band of Sisters by Lauren Willig – Smith College graduates (France, WWI)

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson – Kentucky Pack Horse Librarians

The Engineer’s Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood – Architect & Engineer Emily Roebling

Her Hidden Genius by Marie Benedict – Scientist Rosalind Franklin

The Huntress by Kate Quinn – Russian Night Witches (WWII)

Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd – Plantation Owner/Grower Eliza Lucas

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd – Abolitionists Sarah and Angelinka Grimke

Island Queen by Vanessa Riley – Landowner and Entrepreneur Dorothy Kirwan Thomas

Island of Sea Women by Lisa See – Women Divers of Jeju Island

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain – Journalist Martha Gellhorn

Madame Presidentess by Nicole Evelina – Presidential candidate Victoria Woodhull

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict – Scientist and Actress Hedy Lamarr

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray – Librarian Belle da Costa Greene

Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross – Purported 9th Century Pope

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant – Biblical Times, Dinah from the Book of Genesis

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn – Code breakers of Bletchley Park (England WWII)

The Unlocked Path by Janis Robinson Daly – Graduates of the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania

A Well-Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler – Socialite, Suffragist Alva Smith Vanderbilt Belmont

The Women’s March: A Novel of the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession by Jennifer Chiaverini – Suffragists Alice Paul, Maud Malone, Ida B. Wells


All In by Billie Jean King

Ain’t I A Woman by Bell Hooks

The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Prague Winter by Madeleine Albright

West with the Night by Beryl Markham


The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and the Harrimans by Catherine Grace Katz

Doctors Blackwell by Janice P.  Nimura – Medical History, Elizabeth & Emily Blackwell

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly – Science/Space History, NASA’s Female Mathematicians

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot – Medical History, Henrietta Lacks (HeLa)

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore – Workplace Safety Advocates, Radium Dial Workers


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