Author: Sherry Helms
March is here, a month which is dedicated out-and-out to the glory of women. Actually, the month of March is globally proclaimed as the Women’s History Month highlighting the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. So, with this blog post, I intend to pay tribute to the women who left historical marks on the face of the 20th Century BC and positively influenced their concurrent society as well. And, I hope my dear readers will take it as an opportunity to honor some great ladies.
While taking the reference of TIME’s survey report eliciting the most powerful women of the 20th century, I have brought a list of the best biographies of the top 10 most influential women of the past century. Here’s the list:
Jane Addams: Spirit in Action – Jane Addams (1860-1935) was the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She was the founder of Hull House in Chicago, a public philosopher, sociologist, author, and leader in woman suffrage and world peace. In this landmark biography of Addams in nearly forty years, the author Louise W. Knight shows her boldness, creativity, and tenacity in putting the ideas of democracy into action.
Rachel Carson: A Biography – Only a few people have left as great an impact on the modern environmental movement as the veteran writer and scientist Rachel Carson (1907-1964) has. In this readable and up-to-date biography, the author Arlene Quaratiello traces the famous environmentalist’s progress as a writer from childhood events through the publication of her popular literary work, Silent Spring (1962).
Chanel and Her World - Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (1883–1971) was a popular personality of fashion world. She invented modern clothing for women, released them from of their corsets and feathers, bobbed their hair and put them in bathing suits as well as sent them out to get tanned in the sun. She was the one who first introduced slacks, costume jewelry, and the exquisitely comfortable suit in women’s lives. In this biography by her official biographer and close friend Edmonde Charles-Roux, the celebrated life of the unparalleled Coco Chanel shines again through a good number of illustrations and the lively text.
Appetite for Life (Julia Child) – Julia Child made homes in the heart of every Americans when she introduced French cuisine into their meal with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Since only a few people know the varied private life of this icon, Noel Riley Fitch, who had access to all of Julia’s private letters and diaries, gives a walk-through of her life, from her exuberant youth as a high-spirited California girl to her years at Smith College, where she was occupies the centre place of every prank and party.
A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton (Vintage) – Rummaged through hundreds of interviews with colleagues, friends and with unique access to campaign records, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Carl Bernstein reveals a complex and subtle portrait of Hillary Clinton, one of the most controversial figures of the 20th century. In this book, he addresses the questions Americans ask often, like: What is her character? What is her political philosophy? Who is she? What can we expect from her?
Madame Curie: A Biography – Marie Sklodowska Curie (1867–1934) is one of the great scientists of the twentieth century and was the first woman scientist to win Noble Prize. Complied by Curie’s daughter, the renowned international activist Eve Curie, this biography archives Madame Curie’s distinct achievements in science, including her pioneering efforts in the study of radioactivity and her two Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry. In this book, her daughter further spotlights Curie’s remarkable life, from her childhood in Poland, to her Parisian marriage with fellow scientist Pierre Curie, to her tragic death because of the very radium that earned her fame.
Aretha Franklin: The Queen Of Soul – Having possession of fifteen Grammies, Aretha Franklin has the honor of being the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Her soulful voice has stirred millions with classic hits like “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” and “Respect.” But nobody knows that she has also suffered daunting personal challenges: her mother’s desertion; teenage pregnancy; several unhappy marriages; and a tragic shooting that led to the death of her father. In this biography, Mark Bego spans from tragic past to the glory of the recent events of both personal and professional life of this diva.
Indira: The Life of Indira Nenru Gandhi – This is an authoritative and first non-partisan biography of one of the most formidable political figures of the 20th-century, Indira Gandhi. She was the first woman prime minister of India, world’s largest democracy. Written by a western woman, Katherine Frank, this biography covers Indira’s Life from her birth in 1917, through partition and up to her assassination in 1984. The book exposes many inside details about Indira Gandhi’s life and her actions that left global impact in world politics.
Mother Teresa: A Complete Authorized Biography – Mother Teresa of Calcutta was the founder of the Missionaries of Charity and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, but her story is so much more remarkable. Compiled by Kathryn Spink, this book gives an out-and-out detail about Mother Teresa’s life, from her childhood in the Balkans to her work in India, from attending the victims of war-torn Beirut to pleading with George Bush and Saddam Hussein to go for peace instead war. Overall, this book offers a glimpse of Mother’s extraordinary faith, work, and life.
The Iron Lady: Margaret Thatcher, from Grocer’s Daughter to Prime Minister – Popularly known as The Iron Lady, the powerful Margaret Thatcher has an undeniable impact on the history of twentieth-century. This biography of Ms. Thatcher by John Campbell offers a walk-through her life time from her small-town upbringing to her rise to power as the United Kingdom’s first female prime minister, to her dramatic fall from grace after more than three decades of service.
These are the biographies of the most influential women of the 20th century. But, for those readers who want to read about the lives of other popular figures of any other genre, we have in our store a specific category of Biography that consists of a broad array of sub-categories like Actors, Actresses, adventurers, Architects, Authors, Autobiography, Composers, Dancers, Educators, Entertainers, Explorers, Hagiography, Historians, Humanitarians, Journalists, Leaders, Literatures, Musicians, Philosophers, Photographers, Scientists, Travelers.
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