16 Books to Read for Women's History Month

Mar 5, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. ET
'What Happened' by Hillary Clinton
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We're sure you know it by now, but March is Women’s History Month. Officially declared in 1987, the designation was meant to honor extraordinary achievements by women, and whew, have there been a lot. From inventing heated solar power to discovering radium to having to lobby to, you know, vote in the elections of their government, women have been making history since literally the dawn of time, even if nobody bothered to write their names down.

So yes, it’s our month, and we're going to make the most of it. Whatever it is you’re doing to celebrate, whether it’s calling your representatives, marching in A Day Without A Woman or taking yourself on a well-deserved vacation, we hope you take some time to dive into an excellent book. To help, we’ve collected some incredible fiction and nonfiction books. Some are great, inspiring stories, others are incredible historic tales and all of them were written by women.

1 /16: 'A Room of One’s Own' by Virginia Woolf

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
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1/16 :'A Room of One’s Own' by Virginia Woolf

2 /16: 'The Awakening' by Kate Chopin

The Awakening by Kate Chopin
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2/16 :'The Awakening' by Kate Chopin

3 /16: 'My Beloved World' by Sonia Sotomayor 

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor 

3/16 :'My Beloved World' by Sonia Sotomayor 

4 /16: 'Unbowed' by Wangari Maathai

Unbowed by Wangari Maathai
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4/16 :'Unbowed' by Wangari Maathai

5 /16: 'Hidden Figures' by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
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5/16 :'Hidden Figures' by Margot Lee Shetterly

6 /16: 'In the Time of the Butterflies' by Julia Alvarez

In The Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

6/16 :'In the Time of the Butterflies' by Julia Alvarez

7 /16: 'What Happened' by Hillary Rodham Clinton

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
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7/16 :'What Happened' by Hillary Rodham Clinton

8 /16: 'Bad Feminist' by Roxane Gay

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
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8/16 :'Bad Feminist' by Roxane Gay

9 /16: 'The Handmaid’s Tale' by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
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9/16 :'The Handmaid’s Tale' by Margaret Atwood

10 /16: 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' by Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
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10/16 :'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' by Rebecca Skloot

11 /16: 'The House on Mango Street' by Sandra Cisneros

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
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11/16 :'The House on Mango Street' by Sandra Cisneros

12 /16: 'A Girl's Guide to Joining the Resistance' by Emma Gray

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12/16 :'A Girl's Guide to Joining the Resistance' by Emma Gray

13 /16: 'Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches' by Audre Lorde

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
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13/16 :'Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches' by Audre Lorde

14 /16: 'The Warmth of Other Suns' by Isabel Wilkerson

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
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14/16 :'The Warmth of Other Suns' by Isabel Wilkerson

15 /16: 'Americanah' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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15/16 :'Americanah' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

16 /16: 'A Wrinkle in Time' by Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
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16/16 :'A Wrinkle in Time' by Madeleine L'Engle