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Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month is celebrated in March to coincide with the International Women’s Day on the 8th of March. It was first celebrated in the US back in 1987; however it wasn’t officially recognised in Australia until 2000. Women’s History Month is all about celebrating the contribution women have made to our history, culture and society. So why not celebrate the rich history of women with a little reading?

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Debunking Women’s History: Myths & Legends about 101 Infamous women exploded by Ed Rayner & Ron Stapley
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This book includes small factual chapters about women in history; from Jane Austen to Princess Diana, Coco Chanel and Marie Curie.

If you are looking for something similar, but perhaps a bit closer to home, why not try The Big Book of Scandalous Australian Women.

A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert is a clever novel that starts with the death of suffragette Dorothy Townsend and follows the story of her female descendants.

Headstrong : 52 women who changed science– and the world Rachel Swaby
Headstrong takes a look at some of the scientists and innovators that succeeded in an extremely male centered field.

And if you are looking for something a bit more topical, why not check out Hidden FigureHidden_Figures_book_covers
by Margot Lee Shetterly. Hidden figures looks at a team of African-American female mathematicians who were an essential part of the US NASA space program. It is an inspirational story of women who had to face not only gender inequality but also segregation. The film adaptation is currently screening at cinemas and definitely worth viewing.

Happy Women’s History Month!