7 Empowering Books About Women to Add to Your Reading List

It’s Women’s History Month, and each year this month feels even more and more powerful. Of course, we knew we had to put together a relevant book list — A list with titles that not only focus on how far women have come, but also ones that inspire us all to keep trekking forward. Check out our top picks!

Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee

Mackenzi Lee brings to light the stories of 52 forgotten women in history who changed the world. With a witty tone and compelling storytelling, this book celebrates the bravery and accomplishments of women who refused to be constrained by gender roles and became role models for the progressive women of the future.


Don’t Call Me Princess by Peggy Orenstein 

Proud feminist and New York Times best-selling author Peggy Orenstein pulled together this collection of personal essays on women’s issues that she’s written throughout the years — all becoming more relevant than ever. It’s a beautiful look at how far women have come, and a candid reminder of how much still needs to be done.



In Praise of Difficult Women by Karen Karbo

With notable names like Carrie Fisher, Amy Poehler and Shonda Rhimes, this book celebrates the women in modern history who broke rules, defied stereotypes, and forged their own paths to become the influential personalities they are today.



She Caused a Riot by Hannah Jewell

Open your mind from the ladylike recounts of women in history that you’re so used to hearing — that’s not how it always happened. This book is an ode to 100 forgotten women in history who were adventurous rebels, epic fighters, and dangerously courageous.



The Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpont 

From Maya Angelou to Jane Austen, this book features colorful portraits and inspirational short biographies about 100 secular female “saints” who made progress in the world of feminism.



Visionary Women by Andrea Barnet

This read focuses on four influential women — Jane Jacobs, Rachel Carson, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters. What do they have in common? While each woman focused on a different cause (livable cities, animal rights, etc.), they all played a powerful part in igniting change and opening conversation for the modern progressive movement.



The Woman’s Hour by Elaine Weiss

Take a trip back to August of 1920 when the 19th amendment was ratified and one of the greatest political battles was finally overcome. This book wonderfully illustrates the activists who fought for women’s voting rights, and demonstrates the opposing views from both men and women alike.


Can you think of any books that didn’t make the list? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!


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