March is Women’s History Month. What better way to celebrate than learning about the women making history today and the women that made history what it is to us. From modern day legend to first ladies, first doctors, and first women in space, these books will help you become more informed about the history of women around the world as well as inspire you keep promoting great women in the future. 

This, of course, is not an exhaustive list of all the biographies of great women, nor of all the women deserving of biographies. Head to your local library and browse the 92 section of biographies. You’ll no doubt discover some great, inspiring women. 

Here are 19 biographies you should check out this March: 8 of living legends, 8 of historical women, and 3 books that are ideal for younger readers. 

Living Today

Want to find a new role model? Explore some of these biographies of history-making women who are living today, from the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Prize to former Secretary of State to beloved actress to first lady and more. They’ll inspire you, teach you something, and help you feel more connected to the existing world of female leadership

Here at FFL, we have reviewed several of these books, and you can find those reviews here, here, here, and here. You can also read our list of recommendations for inspiring female memoirs for young women here. 

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

With All Due Respect by Nikki Haley

Becoming by Michelle Obama

No Higher Honor by Condi Rice

Spoken from the Heart by Laura Bush

Know My Name by Chanel Miller

Home Work by Julie Andrews

First: Sandra Day O’Connor by Evan Thomas

Historical Figures

Why not dive into the past and pick up one of these books about some of the women that made history? From suffragettes to first ladies to queens to the big “firsts” in science and medicine, these women paved the way forward, and for that we are truly grateful. These biographies will help take you back in time and also inspire you for the future. 

You can also check out our recommendation for the best books on Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher here. We also have a list of the eleven best books on first ladies, many of which delve into the history of the title. 

Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait?: Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, and the Fight for the Right to Vote

First Ladies of the Republic: Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, and the Creation of an Iconic American Role

Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire

The Excellent Doctor Blackwell: The Life of the First Woman Physician

I Know What I Am: The Life and Times of Artemisia Gentileschi

Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom

Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World

To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells

For Younger Readers

Got a young reader in your life that you want to inspire? Check out these books which introduce readers to some great figures, past and present, that shaped our world and the way we interact with history. They aren’t just for kids though–everyone can benefit from these well-told,beautifully illustrated books. 

You can also check out our recommendations for children’s books for raising a conservative child, many of which include strong female figures. 

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World

No Truth Without Ruth: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member