20 Biographies of Remarkable Women That You Need to Read

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

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Amelia Earhart (and more)

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Fly Girls

By Keith O'Brien

Victoria Woodhull

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Free Woman

By Marion Meade

Helen Keller

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The Story of My Life

By Helen Keller

Sojourner Truth

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The Narrative of Sojourner Truth

By Sojourner Truth

Anne Sexton 

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Anne Sexton

By Anne Sexton

Emma Goldman

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Red Emma Speaks

By Alix Kates Shulman

Ada Lovelace

biographies about famous women

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

By James Essinger

Pauli Murray

biographies about famous women

The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship

By Patricia Bell-Scott

Amelia Bloomer

biographies about famous women

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

By Joan Baker

Zora Neale Hurston

biographies about famous women

Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston

By Valerie Boyd

Dorothy Lawrence

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Sapper

By Dorothy Lawrence

Nellie Bly

biographies about famous women

Nellie Bly: Daredevil. Reporter. Feminist.

By Brooke Kroeger

Cecilia Payne

biographies about famous women

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin: An Autobiography and Other Recollections

By Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

Alice Coachman Davis

biographies about famous women

Queen of the Track

By Heather Lang

Rosalind Franklin

biographies about famous women

Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA

By Brenda Maddox

Frances Perkins

biographies of famous women

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

By Kirstin Downey

Hedy Lamarr

biographies about famous women

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

By Richard Rhodes

James Tiptree Jr. (aka Alice B. Sheldon)

biographies about famous women

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

By Julie Phillips

Sophia Duleep Singh

biographies about famous women

Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary

By Anita Anand

Isabella Lucy Bird

biographies about famous women

A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

By Isabella Lucy Bird