14 women’s history books | teen vogue

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Too often it seems that instead of focusing on women’s history, textbooks and nonfiction chronicles favor the white, cis, heterosexual man’s version of the past. Among the many male inventors, artists and leaders, there are women from all walks of life who are making major breakthroughs and changing the course of history, just like their male peers.

Unfortunately, important women in history are often overlooked, their stories swept under the rug in favor of male achievement. Take Rosalind Franklin, for example. She was a scientist who apparently laid the very detailed foundations of DNA mapping before James Watson and Francis Crick published their findings on the double helix. Yet too often science classes and the general public overlook Franklin’s contributions to this major discovery, giving all the credit to Watson and Crick. In fact, she was not included in the Nobel Prize along with Watson, Crick, and Maurice Wilkins, although her data was integral to their scientific discovery.

To honor the diverse histories, histories, and overlooked contributions women have made to society over the years, here are 14 lesser-known women’s history books written by women that you should add to your must-read list.

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