The Best Books to Celebrate Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month, and we can't wait to get our hands on these empowering and highly-rated books from Goodreads members.


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The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women

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Author: Kate Moore

Goodreads synopsis: While radium made headlines as a wonder drug, the hundreds of young women working in the radium-dial factories—covered head to toe in the glittering chemical—began to fall ill. This is the powerful story of their fight for workers' rights amidst one of the biggest scandals of the early 20th century.

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Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

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Author: Jung Chang

Goodreads synopsis: Blending memoir and eyewitness history, Jung Chang describes the lives of three generations of her family in China: her grandmother, a warlord’s concubine; her mother, a young, idealistic Communist living through the Cultural Revolution; and herself, from brief member of the Red Guard to writer.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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Author: Rebecca Sklott

Goodreads synopsisA poor Southern tobacco farmer, Henrietta Lacks became an unwitting pioneer for medical breakthroughs after her cells were taken without her knowledge. It took Rebecca Skloot over a decade to uncover this story, traveling to labs, slave quarters, and East Baltimore, where the Lacks family still struggles with Henrietta's legacy. Watch trailer for the HBO movie based on her life, starring Oprah Winfrey.

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The Diary of a Young Girl

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

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Author: Anne Frank

Goodreads synopsisShe was like most teenage girls, curious and stubborn and anxious for the future. Her diary, written in the Amsterdam attic where she and her family hid from Nazis during World War II, is a heartbreaking classic, an inspirational testament to the power of the human spirit.

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Unbowed: A Memoir

Unbowed: A Memoir

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Author: Wangari Maathai 

Goodreads synopsis: Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, takes readers from the rural Kenyan village of her youth to her extraordinary life as a political activist and the first woman to earn a PhD in East and Central Africa. Her message of hope through self-sufficiency shines through the pages of her memoir.

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Ida: A Sword Among Lions

Ida: A Sword Among Lions Paula J. Giddings

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Author: Paula J. Giddings

Goodreads synopsis: A sweeping narrative about a country and a crusader, this is the incredible biography of Ida B. Wells, the daughter of slaves, who lead the nation's first campaign against lynching. Historian Paula J. Giddings paints a vivid portrait of a civil rights champion in the context of her own time and ours.

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The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies

The Woman Who Smashed Codes

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Author: Jason Fagone

Goodreads synopsis: After World War I, Shakespeare expert turned code breaker Elizabeth Smith used her skills to catch gangsters during Prohibition, expose a Nazi spy ring, and match wits against Hitler's Reich. This is the never-before-told story of her life and work, staggering achievements that helped shape modern intelligence.

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The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine F. Weiss

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Author: Elaine F. Weiss

Goodreads synopsis: It all came down to Tennessee. In 1920, after a seven-decade crusade, suffragists descended on Nashville, desperate to get the last state to ratify the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote. Journalist Elaine F. Weiss focuses on the handful of courageous women who led the activists to victory.

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Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo

Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera

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Author: Hayden Herrera

Goodreads synopsisThe world of magnetic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo springs to life in this sumptuous biography. From growing up during the Mexico Revolution to her tempestuous marriage to muralist Diego Rivera, she comes into her own as a cultural icon, embracing dramatic spectacle and transforming a country with her art.

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The Six Wives of Henry VIII

The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

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Author: Alison Weir

Goodreads synopsis: Death and divorce, scandal and sacrilege—welcome to 16th century England through the eyes of the six wives of King Henry VIII. This in-depth account draws on vast archives from the Tudor period to reveal the complex women behind the tumultuous era of passion, ambition, pleasure, and treason.

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