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While the title says these non-fiction books are for Women’s History Month, this collection of female history books are great reads any time of the year! If you’re ever feeling like you need an extra dose of motivation, read about these extraordinary trailblazing women. They broke barriers and have paved the way for the rest of us in so many different fields.
As of March 2022, women make up 50% of the population. However, they hold only 27% of the seats in the US Congress, 29% of science and engineering jobs, and most shocking, only 8% of the Fortune 500 CEO jobs. The numbers drop even further when you incorporate race. Only 1% of the CEOs are black women, which demonstrates the double barrier so many face.
Thankfully, progress continues. While it’s taken countless women trailblazers in male-dominated fields, we were thrilled to see that there are now slightly more women than men enrolled in both law school and medical school.
So, this month, take a moment of gratitude for all of those women who broke ground before us. So many of their names will never be known. There is still work to be done, and we hope the history on this list encourages you to be active in support of causes important to you.
If you’re looking for more women’s history month stories, including memoirs, historical fiction, and contemporary fiction options, we always include as many strong female leads as we can on each of our book lists, whether it’s books set in different decades or books set around the world. Additionally, our Books Like City of Girls, Books for Fans of the Nightingale, and WW2 Resistance Worker book recommendations are especially heavy on amazing woman characters.
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