30 Biographies of Remarkable Women That You Need to Read

These fascinating biographies deserve a spot on your must-read list.

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1. Maria Montessori

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Maria Montessori

By Rita Kramer

2. Ruth Gruber

3. Wangari Maathai

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Unbowed

By Wangari Maathai

4. Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life

By Jane Sherron de Hart

5. Amelia Earhart (and more)

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Fly Girls

By Keith O'Brien

6. Candy Darling

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Candy Darling

By Candy Darling

7. Victoria Woodhull

8. Violette Szabo

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Carve Her Name with Pride

By R J Minney

9. Helen Keller

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The Story of My Life

By Helen Keller

10. Bessie Smith

11. Sojourner Truth

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The Narrative of Sojourner Truth

By Sojourner Truth

12. Constance Wilde

13. Rachel Carson

14. Emily Hahn

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Nobody Said Not to Go

By Ken Cuthbertson

15. Anne Sexton 

16. Emma Goldman

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Red Emma Speaks

By Alix Kates Shulman

17. Ada Lovelace

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Ada's Algorithm: How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age

By James Essinger

18. Pauli Murray

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The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship

By Patricia Bell-Scott

19. Amelia Bloomer

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Amelia Bloomer & Dress Reform, Or: How Women Came to Wear Pants

By Joan Baker

20. Zora Neale Hurston

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Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston

By Valerie Boyd

21. Dorothy Lawrence

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Sapper

By Dorothy Lawrence

22. Nellie Bly

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Nellie Bly: Daredevil. Reporter. Feminist.

By Brooke Kroeger

23. Cecilia Payne

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Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin: An Autobiography and Other Recollections

By Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

24. Alice Coachman Davis

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Queen of the Track

By Heather Lang

25. Rosalind Franklin

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Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA

By Brenda Maddox

26. Frances Perkins

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The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins

By Kirstin Downey

27. Hedy Lamarr

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

By Richard Rhodes

28. James Tiptree Jr. (aka Alice B. Sheldon)

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James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon

By Julie Phillips

29. Sophia Duleep Singh

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Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary

By Anita Anand

30. Isabella Lucy Bird

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A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

By Isabella Lucy Bird