Ask MeFi: books about historical women

looking for well-written, compelling books about historical women

Some non-fiction can be written in a dry academic fashion.

Then there’s the fun stuff, like Bill Bryson, and the “this reads like a well done novel”, like Bruce Catton.

I’m looking for more stuff like those, easy or gripping reads– but I’m specifically looking for books about historical women (historical = let’s say no later than 1950, and earlier than that is better).

Can be specific women, can be groups of women, can be women as a whole at a specific place/time.

If book isn’t exclusively about woman/en but features them very prominently (like, say, a married couple with each half getting equal screentime) that’s okay also.

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