21 Female Autobiographies Every Woman Has to Read In Her Lifetime

These inspirational champions of girl power come from the world of politics, the arts, business and more. Their salient life stories teach us how diverse the voice of feminism truly is.

Cara Lebenzon
Created by Cara Lebenzon
On Mar 15, 2015
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Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The Somali author recounts her journey from sexual and religious oppression to freedom and independence and teaches us the important of breaking the silence against injustice.

2

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned by Lena Dunham

The brilliant, dirty, twisted, beautiful mind behind the HBO series 'Girls', a voice of our generation

3

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Cheryl Sandberg

"A truly equal world would be one where women ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes." Cheryl Sandberg is a true testament to the notion that women can have it all

4

I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

She defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education, becoming the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize

5

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Hilarious and wildly intelligent, this SNL icon highlights the importance of being organic and true to yourself. “Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles.”

6

Hard Choices by Hilary Rodham Clinton

A fascinating insight into the only woman who has a genuine shot at being leader of the free world

7

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Kaling's humorous and honest wit are charming as well as refreshing as she takes readers down her journey through show biz

8

Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman

The inspiration behind HBO's hugely successful and provocative series about Kerman's money laundering and drug trafficking conviction and subsequent year spent in a women's prison

9

Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad by Waris Dirie

The Somali social activist's inspiring story from suffering female genital mutilation and a harrowing journey to America, to becoming a fashion runway model and a UN Special Ambassador

10

Margaret Thatcher: The Autobiography

The political legacy of the "Iron Lady"

11

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

A 1,100-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail in a journey of self-discovery

12

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

A colorful exploration of her life as an outspoken young girl living a bewildered existence in Tehran, Iran during the Islamic Revolution

13

No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Year in Washington by Condoleeza Rice

The first black woman to serve as the United States' national security adviser, and former US Secretary of State recounts her career which spans from the end of the Cold War to the War on Terror

14

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

A coming-of-age story that illustrates how strength of character and a love of literature can help overcome racism and trauma

15

Are You There, Vodka? It’s me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler

Sarcastic and blunt humor-filled collection of anecdotes and short stories about the talented comedian and television host's family, relationships and career

16

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

A deep and haunting exploration into the lives of Kaysen and several other women's experiences with mental illness in a psychiatric hospital in the 1960's

17

My Life by Golda Meir

The Iron Lady of the Middle-East's intimate and emotional account of her life, career and the life altering decisions she was faced with as the first female Prime Minister of Israel

18

Freedom from Fear: And Other Writings by Aung San Suu Kyi

A collection of essays by the Nobel Peace Prize winning activist who was imprisoned in Burma for her fight for democracy

19

Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain by Portia de Rossi

The tragic story of the turmoil that de Rossi experienced in her life, including suffering from anorexia nervosa and bulimia

20

Daughter of Destiny: An Autobiography by Benazir Bhutto

The story of the charismatic Prime Minister of Pakistan who was the first woman to lead a post-colonial Muslim state and was tragically assassinated in 2007

21

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

The young and innocent girl in the annex would unknowingly give hope and inspiration to generations to come through her beautiful words and perseverance