To Celebrate National Book Month: Some Favorite Books About Women

October is National Book Month, and we at GeekMom have put together a non-exhaustive, informal collection of some of our favorite books about real-life women. Some of these are meaty tomes that delve deeply into the history of women, some are lighter looks, some include essays by women of note, and a few are even aimed at children. What are some of your favorite books about women? Let us know in the comments.


She Votes: How U.S. Women Won Suffrage, and What Happened Next by Bridget Quinn, Illustrated by 100 different women artists

Icons: 50 Heroines Who Shaped Contemporary Culture by Micaela Heekin, Illustrated by Monica Ahanonu

Mid-Century Modern Women In the Visual Arts Edited by Gloria Fowler, Illustrated by Ellen Surrey

The Ladies of Seneca Falls: The Birth of the Women’s Rights Movement by Miriam Gurko

All Hail the Queen: Twenty Women Who Ruled by Jennifer Orkin Lewis and Shweta Jha

Little Guides to Great Lives: Frida Kahlo, Maya Angelou, Anne Frank, and many others

The Future is Feminist: Radical, Funny, and Inspiring Writing by Women



The Glass Universe: The Hidden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel

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Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu



Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly with Winifred Conkling, Illustrated by Laura Freeman

Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem (and see Marziah’s review of the related movie The Glorias)



Mae Jemison: A Space Biography by Della A. Yannuzzi

Mary Shelley by Miranda Seymour

Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss


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This post was last modified on October 5, 2020 3:50 pm

Jenny Bristol

Jenny Bristol is Editor-in-Chief of GeekMom and an Editor at GeekDad. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, facilitating the education of her two wickedly smart kids, losing herself in history, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.

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  • Cool, there are so many great books here, some of which I have already read, and others have already written down in the list to read. I really love to read books and write my assignments in college myself. But one day I forgot about deadlines and I needed a so that I could create my assignment, it was a summary about a book. They wrote the book Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu, I liked it so much so I read it later in one breath. Thanks for other recommendations too!

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