Though women have always played an important role in the dharma, they haven’t always been given the recognition or rights they deserve.
This list of books that we've enjoyed about women (and female bodhisattvas and deities) in Buddhism is just a tiny sample of what's available.
Gyalwa Changchub. Lady of the Lotus-Born: The Life and Enlightenment of Yeshe Tsogyal by Gyalwa Changchub. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 2002.
Women of Wisdom by Lama Tsultrim Allione. Snow Lion Publications, 2000.
Dakini Teachings by Padmasambhava. Hong Kong: Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 1999.
Skydancer - The Secret Life and Songs of the Lady Yeshe Tsogyal by Keith Dowman. Snow Lion Publications, 1996.
Dakini's Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism by Judith Simmer-Brown, 2002.
Dakini Power: Twelve Extraordinary Women Shaping the Transmission of Tibetan Buddhism in the West by Michaela Haas, His Holiness the Karmapa. 2013
Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine by Lama Tsultrim Allione, 2018.
Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict by Lama Tsultrim Allione. Little Brown and Company, 2008.