January’s Women’s March on Washington inspired us to read more biographies and memoirs about women who have changed history and about influential women today who are building our future. From Madeleine Albright to Ronda Rousey, here are some of our favorite record setters, rule breakers, and “first-evers” from famous women in history.
SHE-WOLVES delivers a compelling, eye-opening examination of women and power in England, witnessed through the lives of six women who exercised power against all odds—and invokes a discussion of how little has changed through the centuries.
SISTERS IN LAW portrays the fascinating relationship between Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first and second women to serve as Supreme Court justices. Linda Hirshman’s dual biography describes how these trailblazers fought for their own recognition in a male-dominated profession—battles that would ultimately benefit every American woman.
In this inspiring and moving book, Ronda Rousey—Olympic medalist in judo, reigning UFC women’s bantamweight champion, and Hollywood star—charts her difficult path to glory. Marked by her signature charm, barbed wit, and undeniable power, Rousey’s account of the toughest fights of her life—in and outside the Octagon—reveals what it takes to become the toughest woman on Earth.
In her thoughtful memoir MADAM SECRETARY, Madeleine Albright offers a riveting account of her life as America’s first woman Secretary of State during Bill Clinton’s two presidential terms. As one of the most admired women in U.S. history, she reflects on her remarkable personal story and on America’s leading role in a changing world.
From singing gospel at her father’s church in Detroit as a child to becoming the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, Aretha Franklin always found a way to triumph over troubles. Her hold on the crown as the Queen of Soul is tenacious, and in RESPECT, acclaimed music writer David Ritz gives us the definitive life of one of the greatest talents in all American culture.
The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor traces her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench. MY BELOVED WORLD offers an inspiring testament to Sotomayor’s own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.