Celebrating Extraordinary Women In History

Marie Curie. Eleanor Roosevelt. Susan B. Anthony. Elizabeth I of England. Florence Nightingale. These remarkable women are well known to most of us, but there are many others in history just as remarkable whose names may not be as recognizable. In honor of Women's History Month we should all make some time to learn about them by reading some of the many biographies to found in the library's collection:

Bella Abzug: how one tough broad from the Bronx fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, pissed off Jimmy Carter, battled for the rights of women and workers, rallied against war and for the planet, and shook up politics along the way: an oral history by Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thom — Bella Abzug, American lawyer, congresswoman and social activist

Jane Addams and the dream of American democracy: a life by Jean Bethke Elshtain — Jane Addams, American social reformer, suffrage leader and the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Anna of all the Russias: the life of Anna Akhmatova by Elaine Feinstein — Anna Akhmatova, Influential Russian poet

Arbella: England's lost queen by Sarah Gristwood — Arbella, English Renaissance noblewoman

To the heart of the Nile: Lady Florence Baker and the exploration of Central Africa by Richard Hall — Florence Baker, Explorer of Central Africa

A lady, first: my life in the Kennedy White House and the American embassies of Paris and Rome by Letitia Baldrige — Letitia Baldridge, American etiquette writer and White House social secretary to Jacqueline Kennedy

Desert queen: the extraordinary life of Gertrude Bell: adventurer, advisor to kings, ally of Lawrence of Arabia by Janet Wallach — Gertrude Bell, English writer, traveller and archaeologist

Mistress Bradstreet: the untold life of America's first poet by Charlotte Gordon — Anne Bradstreet, First American woman poet to have her works published

America's first woman lawyer: the biography of Myra Bradwell by Jane M. Friedman — Myra Bradwell, First woman lawyer to practice in the United States

A schoolteacher in old Alaska: the story of Hannah Breece by edited and with an introduction and commentary by Jane Jacobs — Hannah Breece, Teacher on the Alaskan frontier 1904-1918

Catherine of Siena: a passionate life by Don Brophy — Catherine of Siena, Catholic philosopher, theologian and Dominican nun

Camille Claudel: a life by Odile Ayral-Clause — Camille Claudel, French sculptor and graphic artist

Spyglass: an autobiography by Hélène Deschamps; edited by Karyn Monget — Helene Deschamps, Heroine of the French Resistance in World War II

America's Joan of Arc: the life of Anna Elizabeth Dickinson by J. Matthew Gallman — Anna Elizabeth Dickinson, American orator, abolitionist and advocate of women's suffrage

Desert flower: the extraordinary journey of a desert nomad by Waris Dirie and Cathleen Miller — Waris Dirie, Somali author, actress and human rights activist

Voice for the mad: the life of Dorothea Dix by David Gollaher — Dorothea Dix, 19th century American social reformer and advocate for the mentally ill

Jacqueline du Pré: her life, her music, her legend by Elizabeth Wilson — Jacqueline du Pre, Celebrated British cellist

Young woman and the sea: how Trudy Ederle conquered the English Channel and inspired the world by Glenn Stout — Gertrude Ederle, First woman to swim the English Channel

Jocelyn Elders, M.D.: from sharecropper's daughter to surgeon general of the United States of America by Joycelyn Elders and David Chanoff — Jocelyn Elders, First African American Surgeon General of the United States

Gellhorn: a twentieth-century life by Caroline Moorehead — Martha Gellhorn, American journalist and war correspondent

Lillian Gish: her legend, her life by Charles Affron — Lillian Gish, American actress of stage, screen and television whose career spanned 75 years from 1912 to 1987

Hetty: the genius and madness of America's first female tycoon by Charles Slack — Hetty Green, American businesswoman and the first female tycoon

The girl with the gallery: Edith Gregor Halpert and the making of the modern art market by Lindsay Pollock — Edith Gregor Halpert, Art dealer

Open wide the freedom gates: a memoir by Dorothy Height; with a foreword by Maya Angelou — Dorothy Height, American educator and social activist

Beautiful shadow: a life of Patricia Highsmith by Andrew Wilson — Patricia Highsmith, American novelist and short story writer

Hildegard of Bingen: the woman of her age by Fiona Maddocks — Hildegard of Bingen, 12 century German writer, composer, philosopher and mystic

Sorrow's kitchen: the life and folklore of Zora Neale Hurston by Lyons, Mary E — Zora Neale Hurston, American folklorist and anthropologist

American Jezebel: the uncommon life of Anne Hutchinson, the woman who defied the Puritans by Eve LaPlante — Anne Hutchinson, 17th century American social reformer

Molly Ivins: a rebel life by Bill Minutaglio & W. Michael Smith — Molly Ivins, Amerian journalist, political commentator and humorist

Harriet Jacobs: a life by Jean Fagan Yellin — Harriet Jacobs, American writer, abolitionist and social reformer

Dancing spirit: an autobiography by Judith Jamison with Howard Kaplan — Judith Jamison, American dancer and choreographer for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Mother Jones: the most dangerous woman in America by Elliott J. Gorn — Mary Harris "Mother" Jones, American labor and community organizer

Barbara Jordan: American hero by Mary Beth Rogers — Barbara Jordan, First Black woman to be elected to the U.S. Houe of Representatives from the South

Fanny Kemble's civil wars by Catherine Clinton — Fanny Kemble, British actress and anitslavery activist

Beautiful: the life of Hedy Lamarr by Stephen Michael Shearer — Hedy Lamarr, Austrian-American actress, scientist, inventor and mathematician

Dorothea Lange: a life beyond limits by Linda Gordon — Dorothea Lange, Documentary photographer and photojournalist

Belva Lockwood: the woman who would be president by Jill Norgren — Belva Lockwood, Anerican lawyer, advocate for women's suffrage and Presidential candidate in 1884 and 1888 for the National Equal Rights Party

Lost Bird of Wounded Knee: spirit of the Lakota by Reneé Sansom Flood — Lost Bird, Survivor of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre

Doors to Madame Marie by Odette Meyers — Odette Meyers, Holocaust survivor

Sister: the life of legendary American interior decorator Mrs. Henry Parish II by Apple Parish Bartlett and Susan Bartlett Crater — Sister Parish, American interior decorator. Was the first interior designer to decorate the Kennedy White House

The woman behind the New Deal: the life of Frances Perkins, FDR's Secretary of Labor and his moral conscience by Kirstin Downey — Frances Perkins, U.S. Secretary of Labor (1933-45). Was the first woman appointed to the United States Cabinet

Emily Post: daughter of the Gilded Age, mistress of American manners by Laura Claridge — Emily Post, American writer on etiquette

Among stone giants: the life of Katherine Routledge and her remarkable expedition to Easter Island by Jo Anne Van Tilburg; foreword by Andrew Tatham — Katherine Routledge, Archaeologist on Easter Island

Mary Seacole: the most famous black woman of the Victorian Age by Jane Robinson — Mary Seacole, Jamaican nurse in the Crimean War

Betty Shabazz: a remarkable story of survival and faith before and after Malcolm X by Russell J. Rickford; foreword by Myrlie Evers-Williams — Betty Shabazz, American educator and civil rights activist

Edith Stein, a biography by Waltraud Herbstrith; translated by Bernard Bonowitz — Edith Stein, German philosopher, nun and saint of the Catholic church

The thread that runs so true by Jesse Stuart — Jesse Stuart, American writer of novels, short stories and poetry about Southern Appalachia

Maria Tallchief: America's prima ballerina by Maria Tallchief with Larry Kaplan — Maria Tallchief, First American prima ballerina

The hiding place by Corrie Ten Boom; with Elizabeth & John Sherrill — Corrie ten Boom, Dutch Christian Holocaust survivor who helped many Jews escape the Nazis

Push comes to shove by Twyla Tharp — Twyla Tharp, American dancer and choreographer

Theodora: empress of Byzantium by Paolo Cesaretti; translated from the Italian by Rosanna M. Giammanco Frongia — Theodora, Empress of the Byzantine Empire

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux by Kathryn Harrison — Therese of Lisieux, French Carmelite nun and Catholic saint

On her own ground: the life and times of Madam C.J. Walker by A'Lelia Bundles — C.J. Walker, African American businesswoman, hair care entrepreneur and philanthropist

To keep the waters troubled: the life of Ida B. Wells by Linda O. McMurry — Ida B. Wells, African American journalist and newspaper editor