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Jennifer and Dawn, Clemens Mill | March 8, 2021

International Women’s Day is March 8th!  

March is the month to celebrate all of the women in your life!  

Here at Idea Exchange we have an extensive collection of books and movies that tell the stories of remarkable women throughout history.

Here are a few of the remarkable women you might want to learn more about:  

Marie Curie, the only woman to win two Nobel prizes (one for physics for her work on spontaneous radiation and one in chemistry for her studies of radioactivity).  

Edith Wharton, the first woman to receive a Pulitzer prize for literature in 1924, for her novel The Age of Innocence.   

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was an American lawyer and jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until her death in September 2020.

Greta Thunberg. The 18-year-old Swedish climate activist who has been nominated three times for a Nobel Prize. Greta made a name for herself when she started skipping her Friday classes in order to campaign outside the Swedish Parliament, and sparked worldwide climate protests.

Malala Yousafzai, one of the best-known advocates for female education in the world. She became an advocate for girl’s right to education when she was a young girl in Pakistan. By 2012 she was the victim of an assassination attempt as a result of her advocacy. It did not stop her.

Maya Angelou, is an award-winning poet, writer and civil rights activist. She wrote the first best-selling non-fictional work by an African American woman in 1969, called I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.  

Chrystia Freeland, is Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister and the first woman to serve as Federal Finance Minister in Canada. Prior to this, she served as Canada’s Minister of International Trade and Minister of Foreign Affairs, during which time she was a leading advocate for democracy, human rights and multilateralism around the world. She is a Harvard graduate and Rhodes scholar, and speaks five languages. 

Hillary Clinton is an American politician, lawyer, and writer who served as the 67th United States Secretary of State, and as United States Senator from New York and as First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. She was the first woman to be nominated for President of the United States when she won the Democratic Party nomination in 2016.

For more inspiring stories about amazing women, have a look at our booklist, International Women’s Day, as well as our list for younger readers, Cool Stories about Important Women.   

Throughout March, take a moment to recognize these remarkable women who have helped to shape our world, as well as the women in our own lives who inspire us everyday!