Five Must Read Books About Lesser-Known Women

| Updated: March 9, 2022 9:00 am

The books are resurfacing as scholars and historians are using novel research methods and previously ignored sources to bring to us the stories of women who made an impact on history, but were forgotten, erased, or misrepresented and this will help in interpreting women’s side of the story in earlier times. These books are inspiring and masterpieces in themselves. Some of these books are about the rebels.

The Women Who Would Be: Hatshepsut’s Rise To Power In Ancient Egypt King

Constructing a rich narrative history using the evidence and folklores that remain, noted Egyptologist Kara Cooney offers a remarkable interpretation of how Hatshepsut rapidly but methodically consolidated power—and why she fell from public favor just as quickly. 

Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan

Nur Jahan is a well-known figure in South East Asia, but only for her legendary beauty and her romance with Mughal emperor Jahangir. She ruled the empire alongside her husband, a very unlikely arrangement in 17th century Mughal India. 

Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China

Empress Dowager Cixi ruled China during a turbulent time and launched several social and economic reforms in the country that gets it on the way to modern times. In this book, Jung Chang presents an evocative portrayal of her rise to power, and of her personal and political life.

Revolutionary By Anita Anand

Sophia was the daughter of Sikh ruler Maharaja Duleep Singh, who was exiled in England. Though brought up among the English aristocracy, Sophia dedicated her life to the fight against injustice. Anita Anand’s book is a well-researched, engrossing portrait of this extraordinary woman and the tumultuous times she lived in.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The cells taken from Henrietta Lacks shortly before her death, without the consent of her or her family, revolutionized medicine. This book is Rebecca Skloot’s quest to get to the woman behind these cells and to explore the difficult questions of ethics in science and medicine. 

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