Biographies of “First Women”

From the first woman to walk in space to the first woman to win an IndyCar race, here are some inspiring biographies of “first women.”


  • Anderson, Jameson
    Danica Patrick
    Summary:This title introduces readers to Danica Patrick, NASCAR and IndyCar Series auto racer. Patrick’s life story is examined from her childhood in Illinois, to her years in England racing Formula 1 on her way to becoming the first woman to win an IndyCar race and the first woman to win pole position in a NASCAR race.


  • Hasday, Judy L.
    Madeleine Albright
    Summary:Focuses on the accomplishments of the former United States ambassador to the United Nations who became the first woman to serve as Secretary of State.


  • Keller, Emily
    Frances Perkins : first woman cabinet member
    Summary:President Franklin Roosevelt assigned this well-known progressive activist the job of putting Americans back to work during the darkest days of the Great Depression.


  • Moss, Marissa.
    Brave Harriet : the first woman to fly the English Channel
    Summary:The first American woman to have received a pilot’s license describes her April 1912 solo flight across the English Channel, the first such flight by any woman.


  • Pimm, Nancy Roe
    The Jerrie Mock story : the first woman to fly solo around the world
    Summary:In this biography for middle-grade readers, Nancy Roe Pimm tells the story of Geraldine "Jerrie" Mock, the first woman to fly solo around the world. In her trusty Cessna, The Spirit of Columbus-also known as Charlie-she traveled from Columbus, Ohio, on an eastward route that totaled nearly twenty-three thousand miles and took almost a month. Overcoming wind, ice, mechanical problems, and maybe even sabotage, Mock persevered.


  • Riddles, Libby.
    Storm Run : the story of the first woman to win the Iditarod Sled Dog Race
    Summary:In 1985, Libby Riddles made history by becoming the first woman to win the 1,100-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race. An inspiration to children and adults everywhere, this is a compelling first-hand account of the Arctic storms, freezing temperatures, loyal sled dogs, and utter determination that defined Riddles’s Iditarod victory.


  • Shore, Nancy.
    Amelia Earhart
    Summary:A biography of the aviation pioneer who was the first woman to fly alone across the Atlantic.


  • Stone, Tanya Lee.
    Who says women can’t be doctors? : the story of Elizabeth Blackwell
    Summary:An introduction to the life and achievements of the first American female doctor describes the limited career prospects available to women in the early nineteenth-century, the opposition Blackwell faced while pursuing a medical education, and her pioneering medical career that opened doors for future generations of women.


  • Van Vleet, Carmella
    To the stars! : first American woman to walk in space
    Summary:Shares the story of renowned astronaut and distinguished scientist Kathryn Sullivan, describing how she defied the conventions of her childhood to pursue interests previously limited to boys and how she became the first woman to walk in space.