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Biographies of Inspirational Women for Teens

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Blessed Among All Women: Women Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for our Time by Robert Ellsberg  

Girls Who Rocked the World: Heroines from Sacagawea to Sheryl Swoopes by Amelie Welden; illustrations by Jerry McCann

Girls Who Rocked the World 2: Heroines from Harriet Tubman to Mia Hamm  by Michelle Roehm; illustrated by Jerry McCann

Founding Mothers: the women who raised our nation by Cokie Roberts

Four to the Pole! The American Women's Expedition to Antarctica, 1992-93  by Nancy Loewen and Ann Bancroft  

Ladies First: 40 Daring American Women Who Were Second to None by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel 

Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped our Nation by Cokie Roberts

Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX: The Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America by Karen Blumenthal  

Lives of Extraordinary Women (Rulers, Rebels, and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull

Nobel's Women of Peace by Michelle Benjamin & Maggie Mooney

Nobel Prize Women in Science: Their Lives, Struggles, and Momentous Discoveries by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne 

Patently Female: From AZT to TV Dinners: Stories of Women Inventors and Their Breakthrough Ideas by Ethlie Ann Vare and Greg Ptacek 

Winning Ways: A Photohistory of American Women in Sports by Sue Macy 



Lost Star: The Story of Amelia Earhart 

Amelia: the centennial biography of an aviation pioneer by Donald M. Goldstein and Katherine V. Dillon 

Nellie Bly: Daredevil Reporter by Charles Fredeen

The Wright sister: Katharine Wright and her Famous Brothers by Richard Maurer

In the Company of Men by Nancy Mace with Mary Jane Ross 
          Nancy Mace was one of the first two female graduates of The Citadel.  Mace, whose father was The Citadel's most decorated living graduate, stoically endured harassment from fellow cadets and excessive media attention, refusing to withdraw.


She Got Game: My Personal Odyssey by Cynthia Cooper 
Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer by Lynne Cox 

Chamique Holdsclaw: My story by Chamique Holdsclaw with Jennifer Frey

Venus & Serena: Serving from the Hip, Ten Rules for Living, Loving, and Winning by Venus and Serena Williams with Hilary Beard 

Babe Didrikson Zaharias: The Making of a Champion by Russell Freedman   


Artists, Musicians & TV personalities

Berenice Abbott, Photographer: An Independent Vision by George Sullivan

The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights by Russell Freedman.  

Ella Fitzgerald: A Twentieth-Century Life by Tanya Lee Stone

Becoming Billie Holiday by Carole Boston Weatherford; art by Floyd Cooper.

Frida Kahlo: Her Life in Paintings by Sara McIntosh Wooten. 

Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange by Russell Freedman

Georgia O'Keeffe: Legendary American Painter by Jodie A. Shull  

Vera Wang by Anne M. Todd

Oprah Winfrey: a Twentieth-Century Life by Ilene Cooper 


The Holocaust: Survivors and Rescuers

I Have Lived a Thousand Years:  Growing Up in the Holocaust by Liva Bitton-Jackson

Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family by Miep Gies with Alison Leslie Gold 

Looking back: A Book of Memories by Lois Lowry

No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War by Anita Lobel 

In my Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke with Jennifer Armstrong


Politicians and Leaders

Behind the Mask: The Life of Queen Elizabeth I by Jane Resh Thomas

Benazir Bhutto by Sean Stewart Price 

Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery by Russell Freedman

Michelle Obama: an American story by David Colbert 

Becoming Victoria by Lynne Vallone 



Rachel Carson: a Twentieth-Century Life by Ellen Levine

Something out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium by Carla Killough McClafferty

Dian Fossey: Primatologist by Lois P. Nicholson

Jane Goodall by Lisa Kozl

Find Where the Wind Goes: Moments From my Life by Mae Jemison

Barbara McClintock: Nobel Prize Geneticist by Edith Hope Fine

Sally Ride: the first American woman in space by Tamra Orr 


Social Activists

Susan B. Anthony: voice for women's voting rights by Martha E. Kendall

The power of One: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine by Judith Bloom Fradin & Dennis Brindell Fradin

Daisy Bates: Civil Rights Crusader by Amy Polako

Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High by Melba Pattillo Beals

Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration during World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference by Joanne Oppenheim

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose

This Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer  by Kay Mills 

 Joan of Arc  by Mary Gordon

Beyond the myth: the story of Joan of Arc by Polly Schoyer Brooks 

The story of my life by Helen Keller  

I, Rigoberta Menchu: an Indian woman in Guatemala by edited and introduced by Elisabeth Burgos-Debray; translated by Ann Wright  

Rosa Parks by Douglas Brinkley 

Not for ourselves alone: the story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: an illustrated history by Geoffrey C. Ward 

Harriet: the life and world of Harriet Beecher Stowe by Norma Johnston.

Sojourner Truth: From Slave to Activist for Freedom by Mary G. Butler.  gr. 5-8

Letters from Burma by Aung San Suu Kyi; illustrated by Heinn Htet; introduction by Fergal Keane                  

Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent: How Daring Slaves and Free Blacks Spied for the Union During the Civil War by Thomas B. Allen with illustrations by Carla Bauer 

Victoria Woodhull: Free Spirit for Women's Rights by Miriam Brody



Isabel Allende: Award-Winning Latin American author by Mary Main

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou 

Jane Austen by Carol Shields

Emily Bronte by Robert Barnard 

Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning by Martin Garrett

Willa Cather: A Biography by Milton Meltzer

A Home in the Heart: The Story of Sandra Cisneros by Virginia Brackett 

A Girl from Yamhill: A Memoir by Beverly Cleary 

Zora Neale Hurston: "I've been in Sorrow's Kitchen" by Laura Baskes Litwin

I am Scout: A Biography of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields      

Ayn Rand by Jeff Britting

Mary Shelley by Martin Garrett 

Virginia Woolf by Mary Ann Caws

Virginia Woolf by Nigel Nicolson  


Questions or Comments? Contact Cathy Lichtman, Teen Librarian