19 Awesome Female Memoirs & Bios for International Women’s Day

You know those ladies from… POLITICS.

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
by Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik
feminism, justice, internet sensation,
gender equality
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clintonpresidential elections, motherhood, grandmotherhood, feminism, sexism
Becoming by Michelle Obamagrowing up, career, marriage, motherhood, presidential election

You know those ladies from… MUSIC.

Girl in a Band by Kim Gordonfounding member of Sonic Youth, of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood, independence, first women of rock and roll
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownsteinmusic, feminist punk band, sexism
Just Kids by Patti Smithrelationship, youth, friendship, NYC in the late sixties and seventies
Coal to Diamonds by Beth Dittocoming-of-age of a girl from rural Arkansas, family, finding your voice, queer, fat positive, mental health
Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout by Laura Jane Gracetransgender, search for identity, punk music, sex, drugs and rock’n’roll
My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allenwomanhood, motherhood, trauma, success and failure

You know those ladies from… MOVIES AND TV.

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrickgrowing up, family, dating, pop culture, career
This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibegrowing up, rise to fame, friendship, depression, celebrity, haters, fashion, race, and weight
I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff by Abbi Jacobsonlove, loss, work, comedy, and figuring out who you really are when you thought you already knew, cross country road trip
Brave by Rose McGowangrowing up in a cult, sexism in Holywood, abuse, rape, mental health

You know those ladies from… COMEDY

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kalingromance, friendship, childhood, chubbiness, Hollywood, “The Office”
Yes Please by Amy Poehlerfamily, work, forgiveness, friendships, SNL, motherhood, sex
Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay by Phoebe Robinsonintersectional feminism, beauty standards, toxic masculinity, financial struggles, dating, body image
Cheer Up, Love: Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate by Susan Calmanmental health, comedic approach to dealing with depression
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae introverts, race, self-acceptance, work, relationships
Born Lippy: How to Do Female by Jo Brandadvice for females today, bullies, feminism, fun, social media, self-acceptance, health

What memoirs written by a woman do you recommend? Have you read any on the list? Do you recommend them?

10 thoughts on “19 Awesome Female Memoirs & Bios for International Women’s Day

  1. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom says:

    Happy International Women’s Day! I loved that you compiled this list to celebrate! I am not big on reading biographies or memoirs, BUT I have been reading more via audiobook.

    Off this list I’ve only read Yes, Please. I listened to it via audiobook and laughed my butt off.


  2. bookishluna says:

    I love how you set up this rec. post, from this list I have read Yes, Please and enjoyed it. I think the best Bio I read was Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness Book by Susannah Cahalan. It was such a powerful read.


  3. Kate W says:

    Great list. I read lots of memoirs (often of the misery variety…) but looking at your list the one that comes to mind is Cheryl Strayed’s Wild – loved the combo of adventure and grief.


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