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25 Extraordinary Women from Past & Present

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

Madam Secretary by Madeleine Albright, with Bill Woodward — Madeleine Albright, Ambassador, first woman to become United States Secretary of State


Arbella: England's lost queen by Sarah Gristwood — Arbella, English Renaissance noblewoman


Eighty days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's history- making race around the world by Matthew Goodman — Nellie Bly, American journalist


On a farther shore: the life and legacy of Rachel Carson by William Souder — Rachel Carson, biologist & environmetalist


Catherine of Siena: a passionate life by Don Brophy — Catherine of Siena, Catholic philosopher, theologian and Dominican nun


Catherine the Great: portrait of a woman by Robert K. Massie — Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia


The woman who could not forget: Iris Chang before and beyond The rape of Nanking by Ying-Ying Chang — Iris Chang, American historian & journalist


Dearie: the remarkable life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz — Julia Child, American chef, author & television personality


Elizabeth the Queen: the life of a modern monarch by Sally Bedell Smith — Elizabeth II, Queen of England


The lives of Margaret Fuller: a biography by John Matteson — Margaret Fuller, American journalist & women's rights advocate


Lillian Gish: her legend, her life by Charles Affron — Lillian Gish, American actress of stage, screen and televison whose career spanned 75 years from 1912 to 1987


The richest woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age by Janet Wallach — Hetty Green, businesswoman & financier


Pauline Kael: a life in the dark by Brian Kellow — Pauline Kael, American film critic


Desert rose: the life and legacy of Coretta Scott King by Edythe Scott Bagley with Joe Hilley ; afterword by Bernice A. King — Coretta Scott King, civil rights activist


Beautiful: the life of Hedy Lamarr by Stephen Michael Shearer — Hedy Lamarr, Austrian-American actress, scientist, inventor and mathematician


A woman like me by Bettye LaVette ; with David Ritz — Betty LaVette, American singer & songwriter


Listening for Madeleine: a portrait of Madeleine L'Engle in many voices by [edited by] Leonard S. Marcus — Madeleine L'Engle, American author & Newbery Award winner


Livia, Empress of Rome: a biography by Matthew Dennison — Livia, Empress of Rome & wife of Augustus


Juliette Gordon Low: the remarkable founder of the Girl Scouts by Stacy A. Cordery — Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts


Myrna Loy: the only good girl in Hollywood by Emily W. Leider — Myrna Loy, American film, stage & television actress


Queen of the Conqueror: the life of Matilda, wife of William I by Tracy Borman — Matilda, first crowned Queen of England


The woman behind the New Deal: the life of Frances Perkins, FDR's Secretary of Labor and his moral conscience by Kirstin Downey — Frances Perkins, U.S. Secretary of Labor (1933-45) & the first woman appointed to the United States Cabinet


My beloved world by Sonia Sotomayor — Sonia Sotomayor, first Hispanic Supreme Court justice


Phillis Wheatley: biography of a genius in bondage by Vincent Carretta — Phillis Wheatley, poet & the first African-American woman to publish a book


Wonder girl: the magnificent sporting life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias by Don Van Natta Jr — Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American athlete who excelled in track & field, basketbal & golf