Top 5 Women's History Month Must Reads

Women's History Month Must Reads Recommendations with book covers laid out in three rows diagonally

 

March is Women's History Month

and while anytime is the best time to learn more about women's history, we've especially brought forward some of our favorites that we recommend you add to your list! 

 

Here's our top 5 must-read recommendations: 

1. The Six: The Untold Story of America's First Women Astronauts by Loren Grush

The Six: The Untold Story of America's First Women Astronauts by Loren Grush book cover

Meet some of the most impressive women I've ever had the honor of learning about in history, the first six American women astronauts. Most everyone knows about Sally Ride, but all six of these women were integral to building NASA's space program. It was inspirational to learn about their lives both on and off the job, and their powerful determination to go after what they wanted. In a field dominated by men, they proved that women are powerful and deserve a place right alongside them. - Kalli

 

2. Women, Captain, Rebel: The Extraordinary True Story of a Daring Icelandic Sea Captain by Margaret Willson 

Woman, Captain, Rebel: The Extraordinary True Story of a Daring Icelandic Sea Captain by Margaret Willson book cover

 

A beautiful and interesting account about a hardworking woman, Thurâidur, who became a well respected fishing boat captain in a time and place I didn’t know anything about. Thurâidur’s life was tough, filled with trials and triumphs in mostly equal measure, but she didn’t let that stop her. Perfect for adding a little adventure to your own life. - Hanna

 

3. Madame Rastell: The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Old New York's Most Fabulous, Fearless, and Infamous Abortionist  by Jennifer Wright

Madame Restell: The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Old New York's Most Fabulous, Fearless, and Infamous Abortionist by Jennifer Wright book cover

Madame Restell is quite literally the 1800s equivalent of a badass girlboss. Regardless of if you believe her name is famous or infamous, she held herself strong in a man's world and built herself up from nothing. Truly a fascinating piece of women's history that's well worth the read. - Jacey

 

4. Femina: A New History of Middle Ages, Through the Women Written Out of It  by Jamina Ramirez

Femina: A New History of the Middle Ages Through the Women Written Out of It by Janina Ramirez book cover

BBC Historian Janina Ramirez brings some groundbreaking historical scholarship writing women back into Medieval history. Well written, accessible, and eye opening. For anyone with interest in reclaiming women back into the historical narrative, this is a must read. - Rebecca G.

 

5. Unwell Women: Misdiagnosis and Myth in a Man-Made World  by Elinor Cleghorn 

Unwell Women: Misdiagnosis and Myth in a Man-Made World by Elinor Cleghorn

In Unwell Women, Elinor Cleghorn traces the almost unbelievable history of how medicine has failed women by treating their bodies as alien and other, often to perilous effect. The result is an authoritative and groundbreaking exploration of the relationship between women and medical practice, from the "wandering womb" of Ancient Greece to the rise of witch trials across Europe, and from the dawn of hysteria as a catchall for difficult-to-diagnose disorders to the first forays into autoimmunity and the shifting understanding of hormones, menstruation, menopause, and conditions like endometriosis.  
 

 

Bonus Picks

Some picks stay forever in our hearts. Here are some that still land in our top choices for women's history: 

 

Need more picks? Checkout our full list on Bookshop.org