Books and Other Media

Books About Women in History

Activists and Educators

The Beautiful Life of Frances E. Willard by Anna Adams Gordon
Freedom’s Daughters: The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement From 1830 to 1970 by Lynne Olson
Eighty Years and More by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Glimpses of fifty years: the Autobiography of an American Woman
by Frances Willard
History of Woman Suffrage by Elizabeth Cady Stanton  et. al.
The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony
by Ida Husted Harper
Mary McLeod Bethune by Emma Gelders Sterne

Nightingales: The Extraordinary Upbringing and Curious Life of Miss Florence Nightingale by Gillian Gill
Other Powers: The Age of Suffrage, Spiritualism, and the Scandalous Victoria Woodhull
by Barbara Goldsmith

Sisters: The Lives of America’s Suffragists by Jean H. Baker
Susan B. Anthony
by Alma Lutz

The Use and the Need of Carry A. Nation by Carry A. Nation
A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot by Mary Walton

First Ladies

A Being So Gentle: The Frontier Love Story of Rachel and Andrew Jackson by Patricia Brady
Bess W. Truman by Margaret Truman

Edith Kermit Roosevelt: Portrait of a First Lady by Sylvia Jukes Morris
Eleanor and Franklin: The Story of Their Relationship Based on Eleanor Roosevelt’s Private Papers by Joseph P. Lash
First Ladies: From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama
by Betty Caroli
First Ladies: The Saga of the Presidents’ Wives and Their Power 1789 – 1961
by Carl Sferrazza Anthony
Florence Harding: The First Lady, The Jazz Age, and the Death of America’s Most Scandalous President
by Carl Sferrazza Anthony
Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation
by Cokie Roberts
Harriet Lane, America’s First Lady
by Milton Stern
The Kennedy Women: The Saga of an American Family by Laurence Leamer
Ladies of Liberty by Cokie Roberts
Lou Henry Hoover: Gallant First Lady by Helen B. Pryor M.D.
Martha Washington by Patricia Brady
Nellie Taft: The Unconventional First Lady of the Ragtime Era
by Carl Sferrazza Anthony
Presidential Wives: An Anecdotal History
by Paul F. Boller Jr.
The Roosevelt Women
by Betty Boyd Caroli

Queens and Rulers

General
British Kings and Queens
by Mike Ashley
Danish Biographical Lexikon published by C.F. Bricka
The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire
by Leslie Peirce
The Kings and Queens of Scotland,
edited by Richard Oram
Scottish Queens, 1034-1714
by Rosalind K. Marshall  

Ancient and Medieval
1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry
by Andrew Bridgeford
Eleanor of Aquitaine: By the Wrath of God, Queen of England
by Alison Weir

Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Four Kings by Amy Kelly
The Empress Matilda: Queen Consort, Queen Mother and Lady of the English by Margery Chibnall
The Godwins by Frank Barlow
Henry I by C. Warren Hollister
Margaret Queen of Scotland
by Henry Grey Graham
Matilda of Scotland, A Study in Medieval Queenship
by Lois L. Huneycutt
Queen Emma & Queen Edith: Queenship and Women’s Power in Eleventh-Century England
by Pauline Stafford

Queen Emma and the Vikings by Harriet O’Brien
Queen of the Conqueror, The Life of Matilda, Wife of William the Conqueror by Tracy Borman
Queen Margaret of Scotland by Eileen Dunlop
Queens, Concubines and Dowagers: The Kings Wife in the Early Middle Ages
by Pauline Stafford
Saxons, Vikings, and Celts : The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland
by Bryan Sykes
Scottish Queens, 1034-1714
by Rosalind K. Marshall
Unification and Conquest
by Pauline Stafford

William the Conqueror: The Norman Impact upon England by D.C. Douglas

Tudors
Catherine Howard: The Queen Whose Adulteries Made A Fool of Henry VIII 
by Lacey Baldwin Smith
Catherine of Aragon
by Garrett Mattingly
Divorced Beheaded Survived: A Feminist Reinterpretation of the Wives of Henry VIII
by Karen Lindsey
Great Harry by Carolly Erickson

Henry VIII: The King and His Court
by Alison Weir
Katherine the Queen: The Remarkable Life of the Last Wife of Henry VIII
by Linda Porter

The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir
Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings by Alison Weir
Mistress Anne by Carolly Erickson
The Sisters of Henry VIII by Maria Perry
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
by Allison Weir
Thomas Cromwell: The Rise and Fall of Henry VIII’s Most Notorious Minister
by Robert Hutchinson
The Tudors: The Complete Story of England’s Most Notorious Dynasty
by G.J. Meyer
Two Queens in One Isle
by Alison Plowden

Early Modern
A Biography of Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox (1515-1578) by Kimberly Schutte
King Charles II by Lady Antonia Fraser
Life of King Edward who Rests at Westminster
by an anonymous monk

Mary of Guise: Queen of Scots by Rosalind K. Marshall
Mary, Queen of Scots
by Lady Antonia Fraser
Nell Gwyn: Mistress to a King
by Charles Beauclerk

Princelie Majestie: The Court of James V of Scotland, 1528-1542 by Andrea Thomas
Queens Consort by Lisa Hilton
The Royal Stuarts by Allan Massie
The True Life of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots
by John Guy
Two Queens in One Isle
by Alison Plowden  

Saints and Other Religious Women

Christian Leaders of the 18th Century by J. C. Ryle
A Daughter’s Love by John Guy
Hildegard of Bingen: A Visionary Life by Sabina Flanagan
Life of Anne Hutchinson: With a Sketch of the Antinomian Controversy in Massachusetts
by George E. Ellis
Life of St. Margaret Queen of Scotland by Bishop of St. Andrews Turgot
The Prayers of Susanna Wesley edited by W. L. Doughty
Susanna Wesley by Eliza Clarke
The Women of Methodism by Abel Stevens
Women Mystics in Medieval Europe by Emilie Zum Brunn and Georgette Epiney-Burgard

Scientists and Mathematicians

An Eighteenth Century Marquise by Frank Hamel
Euclid’s Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace by Leonard Mlodinow
Great Physicists: The Life and Times of Leading Physicists from Galileo to Hawking by William H. Cropper
Nobel Prize Women in Science by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne
Notable Women in Mathematics edited by Charlene Morrow and Teri Perl

Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie by Barbara Goldsmith
Personal Recollections from Early Life to Old Age of Mary Somerville by Martha Somerville
Sonya Kovalevsky by Anna Carlotta Leffler
Women in Mathematics by Lynn Osen
Women in Science: Antiquity through the Nineteenth Century
by Marilyn Bailey Ogilivie

Women in Science by H. J. Mozans
The Doctor Wore Petticoats: Women Physicians of the Old West by Chris Enss
The World of Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Mathematician of God
by Mazzotti, Massimo

Collections and Miscellaneous

America’s Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines by Gail Collins
Are Women People? A Book of Rhymes for Suffrage Times by Alice Duer Miller

Homespun Heroines and Other Women of Distinction ed. Hallie O. Brown
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skool

Little journeys to the Homes of Great Teachers by Elbert Hubbard
Notable American women, 1607–1950: A Biographical Dictionary, Three Volumes, James, Edward T. et al., eds.
Notorious Australian Women by Kay Saunders
A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
Walking in Two Worlds: Mixed-Blood Indian Women Seeking Their Path by Nancy M Patterson
Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
A Woman Among Warlords by Malalai Joya
Women of Achievement by Benjamin Brawley
Works by Indra Devi: Yoga for Americans, Yoga for You, Pilgrims of the Stars, Sai Baba and Sai Yoga

Online videos

Dolly Madison on American Experience
Amelia Earhart on American Experience
Annie Oakley on American Experience
God in America on American Experience
Women, War, and Peace – this is a five part documentary about how war affects women and how they can affect war. It covers the experiences of women in Bosnia, Columbia, Liberia, and Afghanistan. It is well worth taking the time to watch all 5 parts.

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