Books for Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month!

February 23, 2023

March is Women’s History Month! This month highlights the contributions women have made to history, science, culture, and contemporary society.

Want to read more about women in history? Check out our previous lists (2021 | 2022), our list for Women’s Equality Day that focuses on women’s right to vote, our list on Women in War, or our list remembering Supreme Court Justice and champion of women’s rights Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Plus, don’t miss out on the exhibits, films, and book talks available on the official Women’s History Month website.

In this list:


Biography and Memoir

Fearless by Don Dahler

Harriet Quimby, A Life Without Limit

Don Dahler

In the spirit of the bestseller Fly Girls comes the definitive and compelling true story of Harriet Quimby, the first American woman to receive a pilot’s license.

Manifesto by Bernardine Evaristo

On Never Giving Up

Bernardine Evaristo

From the bestselling and Booker Prize winning author of “Girl, Woman, Other”, Bernardine Evaristo’s memoir of her own life and writing, and her manifesto on unstoppability, creativity, and activism.

The Case Of The Married Woman by Antonia Fraser

The Case Of The Married Woman
Caroline Norton And Her Fight For Women’s Justice

Antonia Fraser

Relates the story of nineteeth-century English poet Caroline Norton, who was denied access to her children by her husband after a sensational trial for adultery, and fought tirelessly for the rights of married women and mothers, resulting in the passage of the Infant Custody Act of 1839.

Shy by Mary Rodgers, Jesse Green

The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs Of Mary Rodgers

Mary Rodgers, Jesse Green

These memoirs of the theater star, author of books for young people, and chairman of the Juilliard School serve as both an eyewitness account from the Golden Age of American musical theater and a tale of a woman striving for a meaningful life.

Agent Josephine by Damien Lewis

Agent Josephine
American Beauty, French Hero, British Spy

Damien Lewis

This story of the world’s richest and most glamorous entertainer looks at her heroic stint during World War II as an Allied spy in occupied France and her efforts to combat Nazism.


In Defense Of Witches by Mona Chollet

In Defense Of Witches
The Legacy Of The Witch Hunts And Why Women Are Still On Trial

Mona Chollet

A celebrated feminist writer explores three types of women who were accused of witchcraft and persecuted, seeking to unite the mythic image of the witch with modern women who seek to live life on their own terms.

Screaming On The Inside by Jessica Grose

Screaming On The Inside
The Unsustainability Of American Motherhood

Jessica Grose

Weaving together her personal journey with scientific, historical and contemporary reporting, a New York Times opinion writer dismantles 200 years of unrealistic parenting expectations and empowers today’s mothers to make choices that actually serve themselves, their children and their communities.

If You Want Something Done by Nikki Haley

If You Want Something Done
Leadership Lessons From Bold Women

Nikki Haley

The former Governor and Ambassador to the United Nations offers examples of women who we able to succeed in the face of obstacles, from famous names such as Margaret Thatcher and Gold Meir, to lesser known leaders.

Wise Gals by Nathalia Holt

Wise Gals
The Spies Who Built The Cia And Changed The Future Of Espionage

Nathalia Holt

From the New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Rocket Girls comes the never-before-told story of a small cadre of influential female spies in the precarious early days of the CIA–women who helped create the template for cutting-edge espionage (and blazed new paths for equality in the workplace) in the treacherous post-WWII era.

Code Name Blue Wren by Jim Popkin

Code Name Blue Wren
The True Story Of America’s Most Dangerous Female Spy–And The Sister She Betrayed

Jim Popkin

Describes the true crime story of Ana Montes, a superstar of the U.S. Intelligence community who had recently won a prestigious fellowship at the CIA was arrested and publicly exposed as a secret agent for Cuba.

Secrets Of The Sprakkar by Eliza Reid

Secrets Of The Sprakkar
Iceland’s Extraordinary Women And How They Are Changing The World

Eliza Reid

Exploring lessons learned from the sprakkar (outstanding women), the sitting First Lady of Iceland shares her remarkable insight in the roles of Icelandic women in business, politics, the home and more, showing why Iceland is one of the best places in the world to be a woman.

Black Women Will Save The World by April Ryan

Black Women Will Save The World
An Anthem

April Ryan

The trailblazing White House correspondent reflects on 2020 and the unprecedented role of African American women in helping to uphold democracy and recalls her own personal journey from working-class Baltimore to the pinnacle of her profession.

Taste Makers by Mayukh Sen

Taste Makers
Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food In America

Mayukh Sen

America’s modern culinary history told through the lives of seven pathbreaking chefs and food writers. Who’s really behind America’s appetite for foods from around the globe? This group biography from an electric new voice in food writing honors seven extraordinary women, all immigrants, who left an indelible mark on the way Americans eat today.

The Sewing Girl's Tale by John Wood Sweet

The Sewing Girl’s Tale
A Story Of Crime And Consequences In Revolutionary America

John Wood Sweet

A riveting historical drama that tells the story of the first rape trial on record in American history and the fault lines of class privilege and gender bias that it exposed, showing how much has changed over two centuries and how much has not.

My Mother's War by Eva Taylor

My Mother’s War
The Incredible True Story Of How A Resistance Fighter Survived Three Concentration Camps

Eva Taylor

Drawing on an astonishing archive of letters, which revealed life during wartime, a true story follows a beautiful, young Dutch resistance fighter and underground war hero who spent two years in three concentration camps during World War II.

Heiresses by Laura Thompson

The Lives Of The Million Dollar Babies

Laura Thompson

Heiresses is about the lives of the rich, who, as F. Scott Fitzgerald said are “different.” But it is also a bigger story about how all women fought their way to equality, and sometimes even found autonomy and fulfillment.

Roe by Mary Ziegler

The History Of A National Obsession

Mary Ziegler

The leading U.S. expert on abortion law charts the many meanings associated with Roe v. Wade during its fifty-year history.


Woman On Fire by Lisa Barr

Woman On Fire

Lisa Barr

Tasked with locating a painting called Women on Fire stolen by the Nazis more than 75 years earlier, rising young journalist Jules Roth teams up with the artist’s grandson to find it before a cunning gallerist, who gets everything she wants, does.

City Of Incurable Women by Maud Casey

City Of Incurable Women

Maud Casey

In a fusion of fact and fiction, nineteenth-century women institutionalized as hysterics reveal what history ignored.

The Porcelain Moon by Janie Chang

The Porcelain Moon
A Novel Of France, The Great War, And Forbidden Love

Janie Chang

In 1918 France, in the final days of the First World War, Pauline Deng, a young Chinese woman escaping an arranged marriage, is taken in by secretive Camille Roussel and becomes bound to this woman forever when they are forced to make a terrible decision.

The Great Mrs Elias by Barbara Chase-Riboud

The Great Mrs Elias

Barbara Chase-Riboud

The author of the award-winning Sally Hemings now brings to life Hannah Elias, one of the richest black women in America in the early 1900s, in a novel swirling with atmosphere and steeped in history. Based on a true story.

That Summer In Berlin by Lecia Cornwall

That Summer In Berlin

Lecia Cornwall

During the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Viviane Alden, with her trusty camera, must find proof that Germany is rearming and teams up with a journalist to expose the truth until she becomes a pawn in a deadly game that brings her closer than she ever thought possible to the brink of war.

The Woman With The Cure by Lynn Cullen

The Woman With The Cure

Lynn Cullen

A riveting novel based on the true story of the woman who stopped a pandemic, from the bestselling author of Mrs. Poe.

Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner

Bloomsbury Girls

Natalie Jenner

Three woman in post-war England working in a rare book store interact with era-appropriate literary figures including Daphne Du Maurier and Samuel Beckett as they each try to find their way in a rapidly-changing world.

Code Name Sapphire by Pam Jenoff

Code Name Sapphire

Pam Jenoff

A woman must rescue her cousin’s family from a train bound for Auschwitz in this riveting tale of bravery and resistance, from the bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris.

The House Of Eve by Sadeqa Johnson

The House Of Eve

Sadeqa Johnson

From the award-winning author of Yellow Wife, a daring and redemptive novel set in 1950s Philadelphia and Washington, DC, that explores what it means to be a woman and a mother, and how much one is willing to sacrifice to achieve her greatest goal.

Her Secret War by Pam Lecky

Her Secret War

Pam Lecky

A great WWII-era historical fiction that has it all: mystery, suspense, history, espionage, action, and a dash of romance all wrapped up into an addictive and intriguing novel.

The Three Lives Of Alix St Pierre by Natasha Lester

The Three Lives Of Alix St Pierre

Natasha Lester

Tells the tale of an orphan turned World War II spy turned fashion icon in Paris.

The Snow Hare by Paula Lichtarowicz

The Snow Hare

Paula Lichtarowicz

In this “riveting, heartfelt” novel of love and consequences (Heather Morris, New York Times bestselling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz), a woman dreams of becoming a doctor until World War II leads her instead into an astonishing love, and a fateful choice.

Marmee by Sarah Miller


Sarah Miller

In 1861, Margaret March, with her husband serving as an army chaplain, finds the comfort and security of her four daughters resting on her shoulders alone as she faces financial hardships, secrets and tragedy, in this revealing retelling of Little Women from the perspective of the beloved matriarch known as Marmee.

Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Take My Hand

Dolen Perkins-Valdez

In 1973 Montgomery, Alabama, Civil Townsend, a young black nurse working for the Montgomery Family Planning Clinic, grapples with her role when she takes two young girls into her heart and the unthinkable happens, and nothing will ever be the same for any of them.

The Girls In Navy Blue by Alix Rickloff

The Girls In Navy Blue

Alix Rickloff

In 1968, when young divorcee Peggy Whitby inherits her great-aunt Blanche’s beach cottage, she begins receiving cryptic postcards addressed to Blanche, a former yeomanette, all dated from 1918, drawing her into a mystery that could reveal a truth she maynot be prepared to handle.

Angels Of The Resistance by Noelle Salazar

Angels Of The Resistance

Noelle Salazar

A young girl living in a Dutch farmhouse in 1940 and grieving the death of her baby sister joins the Nazi Resistance and is trained to collect information, in the new novel from the best-selling author of The Flight Girls.

Daughters Of The New Year by E.M. Tran

Daughters Of The New Year

E.M. Tran

In New Orleans, three daughters of a former beauty queen and Vietnamese refugee obsessed with zodiac signs are trying to go about their modern lives, but begin to encounter strange glimpses of long-buried secrets from their ancestors.

Small Acts Of Defiance by Michelle Wright

Small Acts Of Defiance
A Novel Of WWII And Paris

Michelle Wright

In this stunning debut WWII novel, Lucie and her mother are trapped in a German-occupied Paris where Lucie uses her artistic talents to perform small acts of defiance, forcing her to decide how far she will go to protect her friends and defend the rights of others.