27 empowering biographies by inspirational women you need to read

Browse our pick of biographies and empowering books written by women to inspire your reading list this International Women's Day on March 8th, 2023

A collection of the best books about women empowerment and biographies written by women arranged in a collage
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From memoirs written by iconic actors to manifestos by change-making activists, there is a wide range of books about female empowerment that showcase inspiring women and their incredible lives.

The stories of how these incredible women have changed – and continue to change – the world we live in serve as a timely reminder of the importance of drive, determination and passion. These thought-provoking and important reads belong on any best books list because they allow readers to learn more about the lives of some inspirational women, from Malala Yousafzai to Tarana Burke and Gloria Steinem.

Our list covers influential books of the past alongside more modern offerings, full of inspirational quotes by strong women, important lessons and courage.

Best biographies and empowering books written by women to read in 2023

Hannah Holway
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Hannah is the UK Shopping Writer for woman&home. As a shopping writer, Hannah has written on everything from period pants to wine subscriptions, and is especially interested in sustainable alternatives to well-known products, as well as books and homeware accessories. 

Before she joined the team at woman&home Hannah headed up the social media accounts for Wonderland in 2019, where she was also a Contributing Editor for the magazine’s sister titles. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Hannah also explored evolving shopping trends at New York Magazine’s The Strategist UK, researching everything from face masks to status candles and even pens.