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March is Women’s History Month! So to celebrate, let’s take a stroll back through the ages to check out all of these women who had a significant impact on modern society.  Below you will find a list of books that include women who’ve done amazing things like broken down barriers, become freedom fighters, and invented some really cool stuff!

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Girls Think of Everything by Catherine Thimmesh

Expanded and revised, this new edition of the best-selling book celebrates the ingenious inventions of women throughout time. As inspiring as they are fascinating, these stories empower readers to imagine, to question, to experiment, and then to go forth … and invent.

Women: Our Story by Multiple Authors

Packed full of evocative images, this gloriously illustrated book reveals the key events in women’s history–from early matriarchal societies through women’s suffrage, the Suffragette movement, 20th-century feminism, and gender politics, to recent movements such as #MeToo and International Women’s Day–and the key role women have had in shaping our past. 

Women’s Work by Chris Crisman

Today, young girls are told they can do–and be–anything they want when they grow up. Yet the unique challenges that women face in the workplace, whether in the boardroom or the barnyard, have never been more publicly discussed and scrutinized. With Women’s Work, Crisman pairs his … portrait photography of women on the job with … interviews of his subjects: women who have carved out unique places for themselves in a workforce often dominated by men, and often dominated by men who have told them no.

Gutsy Women by Hillary Rodham Clinton & Chelsea Clinton

From Cosmos: The Authors share the stories of the gutsy women who have inspired them–women with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done. Ensuring the rights and opportunities of women and girls remains a big piece of the unfinished business of the twenty-first century. While there’s a lot of work to do, we know that throughout history and around the globe women have overcome the toughest resistance imaginable to win victories that have made progress possible for all of us. That is the achievement of each of the women in this book. 

Headstrong: 52 Women who Changed Science — And the World by Rachel Swaby

Covering Nobel Prize winners and major innovators, as well as lesser-known but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day, Rachel Swaby’s … profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how each one’s ideas developed, from their first moment of scientific engagement through the research and discovery for which they’re best known

She Caused a Riot: 100 Unknown Women who Built Cites, Sparked Revolutions, & Massively Crushed it by Hannah Jewel

The subtitle pretty much sums it up with  this one.  Check it out!

Women who Dared: to Break all the Rules by Jeromy Scott

Victoria Woodhull, Mary Wollstonecraft, Aimee Semple McPherson, Edwina Mountbatten, Margaret Argyll and Chanel were all women who dared. They had no time for what society said they could and couldn’t do and would see the world bend before they did. In 1870 a mesmerising psychic named Victoria Woodhull shattered tradition by running for the White House. Had she won the ensuing spectacle would surely have rivalled that of our own era. Abhorring such flamboyance, Mary Wollstonecraft inspired a revolution of thought with her pen as she issued women’s first manifesto – still to be fulfilled. From Aimee Semple McPherson, the first female preacher in America, to Coco Chanel, designer of an empire, these women became the change they wanted to see in society. In this book, Jeremy Scott pays tribute to them all with wit, verve and reverence.

Bad Girls throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women who Changed the World by Anne Shen 

From Cosmos: The 100 revolutionary women featured in this illustrated book were bad in the best sense of the word: they challenged the status quo and changed the rules for those who followed. From ancient times through present day, from pirates to artists, scientists to spies, these courageous women achieved unprecedented feats and left a permanent mark on human history.