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A Reading List Celebrating Women in Politics

We’ve compiled a book list that highlights inspirational women in politics in the U. S. and around the world. Get started on these biographies and memoirs of some of our heroes, from local activists to Supreme Court justices who fought for change at every level of politics.

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    Ruth Bader Ginsburg Book Cover Picture
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg Book Cover Picture

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    by Jane Sherron de Hart

    The first full life—private, public, legal, philosophical—of the 107th Supreme Court Justice, one of the most profound and profoundly transformative legal minds of our time; a book fifteen years in work, written with the cooperation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg herself and based on many interviews with the justice, her husband, her children, her friends, and her associates.
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    Ruth Bader Ginsburg Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    Finding My Voice Book Cover Picture

    Finding My Voice

    by Valerie Jarrett

    When Valerie Jarrett interviewed a promising young lawyer for a job in Chicago city government, neither knew that it was the first step on a path that would end in the White House. Jarrett soon became Michelle and Barack Obama’s trusted personal adviser and family confidante. No one has as intimate a view of the Obama Years, nor one that reaches back as many decades, as Jarrett shares in Finding My Voice.
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    Finding My Voice Book Cover Picture

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    $18.00

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    The Truths We Hold Book Cover Picture
    The Truths We Hold Book Cover Picture

    The Truths We Hold

    by Kamala Harris

    From Kamala Harris, one of America’s most inspiring political leaders and Joe Biden’s pick for his 2020 running mate, a book about the core truths that unite us, and the long struggle to discern what those truths are and how best to act upon them, in her own life and across the life of our country.
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    The Truths We Hold Book Cover Picture

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    $18.00

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    No Higher Honor Book Cover Picture

    No Higher Honor

    by Condoleezza Rice

    From one of the world’s most admired women, this is former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s compelling story of eight years serving at the highest levels of government.  In her position as America’s chief diplomat, Rice traveled almost continuously around the globe, seeking common ground among sometimes bitter enemies, forging agreement on divisive issues, and compiling a remarkable record of achievement.
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    No Higher Honor Book Cover Picture

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    $21.00

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    Tomorrow Will Be Different Book Cover Picture

    Tomorrow Will Be Different

    by Sarah McBride

    Informative, heartbreaking, and profoundly empowering, Tomorrow Will Be Different is Sarah McBride’s story of love and loss and a powerful entry point into the LGBTQ community’s battle for equal rights and what it means to be openly transgender. From issues like bathroom access to health care to gender in America, McBride weaves the important political and cultural milestones into a personal journey that will open hearts and change minds.
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    Tomorrow Will Be Different Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    Queens of the Resistance: Maxine Waters Book Cover Picture
    Queens of the Resistance: Maxine Waters Book Cover Picture

    Queens of the Resistance: Maxine Waters

    by Brenda Jones and Krishan Trotman

    Part of the four-book Queens of the Resistance series, saluting some of the most beloved boss ladies in Congress: a celebration of Representative Maxine Waters, who reclaimed her time and led the first calls for impeachment
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    Queens of the Resistance: Maxine Waters Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $18.00

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    No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference Deluxe Edition Book Cover Picture
    No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference Deluxe Edition Book Cover Picture

    No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference Deluxe Edition

    by Greta Thunberg

    The groundbreaking speeches of Greta Thunberg, the young climate activist who has become the voice of a generation, including her historic address to the United Nations.
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    No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference Deluxe Edition Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $22.00

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    Four Queens Book Cover Picture

    Four Queens

    by Nancy Goldstone

    For fans of Alison Weir and Antonia Fraser, acclaimed author Nancy Goldstone’s thrilling history of the royal daughters who succeeded in ruling—and shaping—thirteenth-century Europe.
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    Four Queens Book Cover Picture

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    $18.00

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    Maharanis

    by Lucy Moore

    Through the sumptuous, adventurous lives of three generations of Indian queens—from the period following the Indian Mutiny of 1857 to the present, Lucy Moore traces the cultural and political changes that transformed their world.
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    Maharanis Book Cover Picture

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    $18.00

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    Decisions and Dissents of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Book Cover Picture

    Decisions and Dissents of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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    The trailblazing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her own words. Her most essential writings on gender equality and women’s rights, reproductive health care, and voting and civil rights, now available in a short, accessible volume as part of the new Penguin Liberty series.
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    Decisions and Dissents of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Book Cover Picture

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    $15.00

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    Empress Dowager Cixi Book Cover Picture
    Empress Dowager Cixi Book Cover Picture

    Empress Dowager Cixi

    by Jung Chang

    When Emperor Xianfeng died in 1861, he and Cixi’s five-year-old son succeeded to the throne. Cixi launched a coup against her son’s regents and placed herself as the true source of power. Cixi’s extraordinary reign saw the birth of modern China. She abolished foot-binding, inaugurated women’s liberation, and embarked on a path to introduce voting rights. Packed with drama, this groundbreaking biography powerfully reforms our view of a crucial period in China’s—and the world’s—history.
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    Empress Dowager Cixi Book Cover Picture

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    $18.95

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    A Woman in Charge

    by Carl Bernstein

    The nuanced, definitive biography of one of the most controversial and widely misunderstood figures of our time: the woman running a historic campaign as the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee—Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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    A Woman in Charge Book Cover Picture

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    $18.00

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    Blowout

    by Rachel Maddow

    In 2010, the words “earthquake swarm” entered the lexicon in Oklahoma. That same year, a trove of Michael Jackson memorabilia—including his iconic crystal-encrusted white glove—was sold at auction for over $1 million to a guy who was, officially, just the lowly forestry minister of the tiny nation of Equatorial Guinea. And in 2014, Ukrainian revolutionaries raided the palace of their ousted president and found a zoo of peacocks, gilded toilets, and a floating restaurant modeled after a Spanish galleon. Unlikely as it might seem, there is a thread connecting these events, and Rachel Maddow follows it to its crooked source: the unimaginably lucrative and equally corrupting oil and gas industry.
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    Blowout Book Cover Picture

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    $20.00

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    What Can I Do? Book Cover Picture

    What Can I Do?

    by Jane Fonda

    A call to action from Jane Fonda, one of the most inspiring activists of our time, urging us to wake up to the looming disaster of climate change and equipping us with the tools we need to join her in protest.
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    What Can I Do? Book Cover Picture

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    $30.00

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    I Should Have Honor Book Cover Picture

    I Should Have Honor

    by Khalida Brohi

    A fearless memoir about tribal life in Pakistan—and the act of violence that inspired one ambitious young woman to pursue a life of activism and female empowerment.
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    I Should Have Honor Book Cover Picture

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    $27.00

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    Women, Culture & Politics Book Cover Picture

    Women, Culture & Politics

    by Angela Y. Davis

    A collection of speeches and writings by political activist Angela Davis which address the political and social changes of the past decade as they are concerned with the struggle for racial, sexual, and economic equality.
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    Women, Culture & Politics Book Cover Picture

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    $15.95

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    Becoming Book Cover Picture

    Becoming

    by Michelle Obama

    An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.
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    Becoming Book Cover Picture

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    $18.99

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    Superman’s Not Coming

    by Erin Brockovich

    From environmental activist, renowned crusader, champion fighter, maverick—a book that looks at our present situation with water and shows us how we can each take action to make changes in our cities, towns, and villages, before it is too late.
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    Superman's Not Coming Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    My Beloved World

    by Sonia Sotomayor

    The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.
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    $16.95

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    Clementine Book Cover Picture
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    Clementine

    by Sonia Purnell

    From the author of the New York Times bestseller A Woman of No Importance, a long overdue tribute to the extraordinary woman who was Winston Churchill’s closest confidante, fiercest critic, and shrewdest advisor that captures the intimate dynamic of one of history’s most fateful marriages.
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    Clementine Book Cover Picture

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    $18.00

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    Mary Tudor Book Cover Picture

    Mary Tudor

    by Anna Whitelock

    An engrossing, unadulterated biography of “Bloody Mary”—elder daughter of Henry VIII, Catholic zealot, and England’s first reigning Queen.
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    Mary Tudor Book Cover Picture

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    $18.00

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    Between Politics and Sanity Book Cover Picture

    Between Politics and Sanity

    by Peter Slevin

    From the definitive biography of the former First Lady, this is an inspiring window into the life of Michelle Obama as she navigated adversity and made her mark in the early White House years that followed her husband Barack Obama’s historic victory.
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