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Women in History

Nonfiction books about women in history and women’s role in history.

America’s First Woman Lawyer: The Biography of Myra Bradwell
by Jane M. Friedman

And If I Perish: Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II
by Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee

Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq
by Kirsten Holmstedt

Becoming Jane Austen
by Jon Spence

Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
by Jennifer Worth

Desert Wife
by Hilda Faunce

Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World
by Matthew Goodman

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation
by Cokie Roberts

Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage
by Hazel Rowley

Guests of the Sheik: An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village
by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
Margot Lee Shetterly

Home before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam
by Lynda Van Devanter

I Married Adventure: The Lives of Martin and Osa Johnson
by Osa Johnson

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains
by Isabella L. Bird

Land of the Burnt Thigh
by Edith Eudora Kohl

The Letters of John and Abigail Adams
edited by Frank Shuffelton

Martha Washington: An American Life
by Patricia Brady

The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight
by Martha Ackmann

My Day: The Best of Eleanor Roosevelt’s Acclaimed Newspaper Columns, 1936-1962
by Eleanor Roosevelt, edited by David Emblidge

No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

On Dupont Circle: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the Progressives Who Shaped Our World
by James Srodes

Rabbit-Proof Fence
by Doris Pilkington

Sandra Day O’Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became its Most Influential Justice
by Joan Biskupic

Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay
by Nancy Milford

Sisterhood of Spies: The Women of the OSS
by Elizabeth P. McIntosh

Stealing Secrets: How a Few Daring Women Deceived Generals, Impacted Battles, and Altered the Course of the Civil War
by H. Donald Winkler

The Sum of Our Past: Revisiting Pioneer Women
by Judy Busk

The Upstairs Room
Johanna Reiss

West with the Night
by Beryl Markham

Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey
by Lillian Schlissel

Women in Utah History: Paradigm or Paradox?
edited by Patricia Lyn Scott and Linda Thatcher