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#ReadingWomenLeaders Bookclub

Part of the #ReadingWomenLeaders Bookclub series, this booklist showcases women leaders in the realm of politics, sports, travel, science, nature, activism, and art. Prioritizing autobiographies to center the voices of the women themselves, this booklist explores the lives of women as leaders throughout the world. Join the bookclub at riverdogbookco.com/readingwomenleaders.

Playlist Tags: River Dog Book Co. genre: Biography & Memoir topic: politics memoir reading women topic: bestsellers autobiography black women civil rights books women iconic women

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Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars

Space, Exploration, and Life on Earth

By Kate Greene
Narrated by: Kate Greene
Length: 6 hours 7 minutes

This program is read by the author

When it comes to Mars, the focus is often on how to get there: the rockets, the engines, the fuel. But upon arrival, what will it actually be like?

In 2013, Kate Greene moved to Mars. That is, along with five fellow crew members, she embarked on NASA’s first HI-SEAS mission, a simulated Martian environment... Read more »

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The Sediments of Time

My Lifelong Search for the Past

By Meave Leakey & Samira Leakey
Narrated by: Susan Lyons
Length: 14 hours 34 minutes

"Extraordinary . . . This inspirational autobiography stands among the finest scientist memoirs." —New York Times Book ReviewMeave Leakey’s thrilling, high-stakes memoir—written with her daughter Samira—encapsulates her distinguished life and career on the front lines of the hunt for our human origins, a quest made all the more notable by her... Read more »

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Flying Free

My Victory over Fear to Become the First Latina Pilot on the US Aerobatic Team

By Cecilia Aragon
Narrated by: Roxanne Hernandez
Length: 10 hours 7 minutes

The daughter of a Chilean father and a Filipina mother, Cecilia Rodriguez Aragon grew up as a shy, timid child in a small midwestern town during the 1960s. Targeted by school bullies and dismissed by many of her teachers, she worried that people would find out the truth: that she was INTF. Incompetent. Nerd. Terrified. Failure. This feeling... Read more »

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Unbowed

A Memoir

By Wangari Maathai
Narrated by: Chinasa Ogbuagu
Length: 11 hours 53 minutes

Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, Wangari Maathai has been fighting for environmental responsibility and democracy in her native Kenya for over 35 years. Unbowed recounts the incredible journey that culminated in her appointment to Parliament in 2002. Despite repeated jailings, beatings, and other obstacles along the way, Maathai created... Read more »

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The Moment of Lift

How Empowering Women Changes the World

By Melinda Gates
Narrated by: Melinda Gates
Length: 7 hours 55 minutes

**One of AudioFile Magazine's Best Audiobooks of 2019**

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Now with a new afterword!


How can we summon a moment of lift for human beingsand especially for women? Because when you lift up women, you lift up humanity.

For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission to find solutions for people with the most... Read more »

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Our Time Is Now

Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America

By Stacey Abrams
Narrated by: Stacey Abrams
Length: 9 hours 20 minutes

"This is a narrative that describes the urgency that compels me and millions more to push for a different American story than the one being told today. It's a story that is one part danger, one part action, and all true. It's a story about how and why we fight for our democracy and win."

This program is read by the author

Celebrated national... Read more »

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This Is What America Looks Like

My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman

By Ilhan Omar
Narrated by: Ilhan Omar
Length: 7 hours 6 minutes

"Ilhan has been an inspiring figure well before her time in Congress. This book will give you insight into the person and sister that I see—passionate, caring, witty, and above all committed to positive change. It's an honor to serve alongside her in the fight for a more just world." —Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

An intimate and rousing... Read more »

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My Beloved World

By Sonia Sotomayor
Narrated by: Rita Moreno
Length: 12 hours 26 minutes

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary... Read more »

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Social Purpose Annual Report

Social Purpose Annual Report

As we look to the future as a Social Purpose Corporation, we’re committed to serving readers and independent bookstores. Read our 2020 Annual Report to see an overview of the year.

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The Truths We Hold

An American Journey

By Kamala Harris
Narrated by: Kamala Harris
Length: 9 hours 25 minutes

A New York Times bestseller

From Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, one of America's most inspiring political leaders, a book about the core truths that unite us, and the long struggle to discern what those truths are and how best to act upon them, in her own life and across the life of our country


Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris's commitment... Read more »

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My Own Words

By Mary Hartnett, Wendy W. Williams, Ruth Bader Ginsburg & Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Narrated by: Linda Lavin
Length: 13 hours 16 minutes

The first book from Ruth Bader Ginsburg since becoming a Supreme Court Justice in 1993—a witty, engaging, serious, and playful collection of writings and speeches from the woman who has had a powerful and enduring influence on law, women’s rights, and popular culture.

My Own Words offers Justice Ginsburg on wide-ranging topics, including gender... Read more »

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Hell and Other Destinations

A 21st-Century Memoir

By Madeleine Albright
Narrated by: Madeleine Albright
Length: 13 hours 23 minutes

Six-time New York Times bestselling author and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright—one of the world’s most admired and tireless public servants—reflects on the final stages of one’s career, and working productively into your later decades in this revealing, funny, and inspiring memoir.

In 2001, when Madeleine Albright was leaving office... Read more »

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This Child Will Be Great

Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa's First Woman President

By Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 14 hours 12 minutes

The first elected woman president of an African country, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was also listed as one of the world's 100 Most Powerful Women by Forbes. This evocative memoir recounts Sirleaf 's childhood upbringing and rise to political power in Liberia. More than a simple biography, Sirleaf 's account details how she stood firm in the face of... Read more »

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No Higher Honor

A Memoir of My Years in Washington

By Condoleezza Rice
Narrated by: Condoleezza Rice
Length: 28 hours 25 minutes

From one of the world’s most admired women, this is former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s compelling story of eight years serving at the highest levels of government.  In her position as America’s chief diplomat, Rice traveled almost continuously around the globe, seeking common ground among sometimes bitter... Read more »

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Living History - Abridged

By Hillary Rodham Clinton
Narrated by: Hillary Rodham Clinton
Length: 7 hours

Author of the Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller What Happened

The Phenomenal #1 Worldwide Bestseller—With a New Afterword
Hillary Rodham Clinton is known to hundreds of millions of people around the world. Yet few beyond her close friends and family have ever heard her account of her extraordinary journey. She writes with candor, humor and... Read more »

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Becoming

By Michelle Obama
Narrated by: Michelle Obama
Length: 19 hours 1 minutes

Becoming

“I adore our former president and I miss him. Yet I cannot help but be ecstatic that Michelle is coming out with a book about her own life so that I can learn more about this powerful, intelligent, and singularly awesome woman. Barack would be the first to say that his wife is a superstar, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Becoming to read about her in her own words.”

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