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American Women in Biography and Non-Fiction

Groundbreaking American Women

Jane Addams: Social Worker, Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Jane Addams: Spirit in Action
byLouise W. Knight  B ADDAMS

Madeleine Albright: Diplomat, Stateswoman
Madame Secretary
by Madeleine Korbel Albright  327 ALB

Diane Arbus: Photographer

Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer
by Arthur Lubow  B ARBUS

Lucille Ball: Actress, Comedienne
Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball
by Stefan Kanfer  B BALL

Rachel Carson: Marine Biologist, Environmentalist, Author
On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson
by William Souder  B CARSON

Emily Dickinson: Poet
My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson
by Alfred Habegger  B DICKINSON

Amelia Earhart:  Aviator
Amelia Earhart: The Turbulent Life of an American Icon 
by Kathleen C. Winters  B EARHART

Dian Fossey: Primatologist, Conservationist
Gorillas in the Mist
by Dian Fossey  599. 884 FOS

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Supreme Court Justice
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
by Irin Cameron  B GINSBURG

Zora Neale Hurston: Author, Civil Rights Activist
Folklore, Memoirs, and Other Writings
by Zora Neale Hurston  813.52 HUR

Dorothea Lange: Photographer
Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits
by Linda Gordan  770 GOR

Harper Lee: Author
Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee
by Charles J. Shields  B LEE

Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Pilot, Author
Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Her Life
by Susan Hertog  B LINBERGH

Margaret Mead: Anthropologist, Author
To Cherish the Life of the World: Selected Letters of Margaret Mead 
by Margaret Mead  301 MEA 

Georgia O’Keeffe: Artist
Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life
by Roxana Robinson  B OKEEFFE

Frances Perkins: Stateswoman, Social reformer
The Woman behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience
by Kirstin Downey  B PERKINS

Sally Ride: Physicist, Astronaut
Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space
by Lynn Sherr  B RIDE

Eleanor Roosevelt: First Lady, First U.S. Woman Delegate to the United Nations, Humanitarian
Eleanor Roosevelt (Vol 1, 2 & 3)
by Blanche Wiesen Cook  B ROOSEVELT

Margaret Sanger: Social Reformer, Women’s Health Activist
Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion
by Jean H. Baker  B SANGER

Sonia Sotomayor: Supreme Court Justice
My Beloved World
by Sonia Sotomayor  B SOTOMAYOR

Harriet Beecher Stowe: Author, Abolitionist
Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life
by Nancy Koester  B STOWE

Helen Thomas: Journalist
Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times
by Helen Thomas  070.4 THO

Sojourner Truth: Abolitionist, Human Rights Activist
Sojourner Truth: A Life, a Symbol
by Nell Irvin Painter  B TRUTH

Ida B. Wells: Civil Rights Activist
The Memphis Diary of Ida B Wells
by Ida B Wells-Barnett  323.1196 WEL


Other resources you might find helpful include:

National Women’s History Project

Thomson Gale Free Resources: Women’s History Month Women’s History Month


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