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25 More Extraordinary Women from Past & Present

Celebrate Women's History Month by reading about one of the fascinating women below:

Bella Abzug: how one tough broad from the Bronx fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, pissed off Jimmy Carter, battled for the rights of women and workers, rallied against war and for the planet, and shook up politics along the way: an oral history by Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thom — Bella Abzug, lawyer, member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and leader of the Women's Movement

Queen Anne: the politics of passion by Anne Somerset — Queen Anne, monarch of Great Britain, 1702-1707

To the heart of the Nile: Lady Florence Baker and the exploration of Central Africa by Richard Hall — Florence Baker, explorer

Eleanor of Aquitaine: a life by Alison Weir — Eleanor of Aquitaine, queen of France and England

Elizabeth of York: a Tudor queen and her world by Alison Weir — Elizabeth of York, queen of England and mother of Henry VIII

Margot Fonteyn: a life by Meredith Daneman — Margot Fonteyn, prima ballerina with Britain's royal ballet

Book of ages: the life and opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore — Jane Franklin, writer and sister of Benjamin

Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman — Georgiana Cavendish, duchess, writer, social hostess, political campaigner

Witness: adventurer and foreign correspondent, friend and emissary of FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt, maker of—and witness to—history, tells her extraordinary story with 200 of her own photographs by Ruth Gruber — Ruth Gruber, foreign correspondent

Art lover: a biography of Peggy Guggenheim by Anton Gill — Peggy Guggenheim, art collector

This little light of mine: the life of Fannie Lou Hamer by Kay Mills — Fannie Lou Hamer, voting rights activist, and civil rights leader

Hildegard of Bingen: the woman of her age by Fiona Maddocks — Hildegard of Bingen, 12th century musician, theologian, abbess

Mockingbird: a portrait of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields — Harper Lee, writer and author of To Kill a Mockingbird

Myrna Loy: the only good girl in Hollywood by Emily W. Leider — Myrna Loy, actress

A perfect union: Dolley Madison and the creation of the American nation by Catherine Allgor — Dolley Madison, first lady of the United States

The ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: a woman in world history by Linda Colley — Elizabeth Marsh, 18th century travel writer

The women of the house: how a colonial she-merchant built a mansion, a fortune, and a dynasty by Jean Zimmerman — Margaret Philipse, colonial merchant

Masquerade: the life and times of Deborah Sampson, Continental soldier by Alfred F. Young — Deborah Sampson, woman soldier in the Continental Army

Maria Tallchief: America's prima ballerina by Maria Tallchief with Larry Kaplan — Maria Tallchief, Native American prima ballerina in the New York City Ballet

Taking on the trust: the epic battle of Ida Tarbell and John D. Rockefeller by Steve Weinberg — Ida Tarbell, muckraking journalist

Theodora: empress of Byzantium by Paolo Cesaretti ; translated from the Italian by Rosanna M. Giammanco Frongia — Theodora, empress of the Byzantine Empire

Madame Tussaud: a life in wax by Kate Berridge — Marie Tussaud, wax modeller

Southern lady, Yankee spy: the true story of Elizabeth Van Lew, a Union agent in the heart of the Confederacy by Elizabeth R. Varon — Elizabeth Van Lew, Yankee spy in the Civil War

Mae West: it ain't no sin by Simon Louvish — Mae West, actress

Notorious Victoria: the life of Victoria Woodhull, uncensored by Mary Gabriel — Victoria Woodhull, suffragist, feminist, and the first woman U.S. presidential candidate