Beatrice Webb was certainly a most unusual woman, and her book deserves consideration for a place on your list. She lived from 1858 to 1943, and was the wife of Sidney Webb. She and her husband were the intellectuals, economists, and activists who launched the Fabian Society movement in Great Britain.
George Bernard Shaw, who was an eminent member of this group, wrote of her: "Beatrice Webb's curious mixture of spiritual and technical autobiography, entitled My Apprenticeship, describes how an intelligent girl-capitalist, with a sensitive social conscience and a will of her own, critically impervious to mere persuasion, and impressible by first hand evidence and personal experience only, was led to Socialism by stubbornly investigating the facts of Capitalist civilization for herself. The Intelligent Woman with a turn for investigation or an interest in character study, or both, should read it."