As you get older, it becomes increasingly apparent how ridiculously biased your history textbooks were. In adulthood, it can feel like you have an unfathomable amount of unlearning—and then relearning—the history of, well, everything. Women’s history in particular has massive gaps, inconsistencies, and stories that we’ll simply never have access to, because women (mostly black and brown women) were written out entirely.
Women’s History Month is just around the corner, and we look forward to having yet another excuse to pack our reading and listening lists with thereal stories of women’s history. Get your fix of history’s female heroines, from the trouble-making women of Old Hollywood to the thousands of girls hired by the U.S. Army as codebreakers during WWII. We’ve rounded up some reads and listens that are sure to enrich your mind and expose you to corners of women’s history that you never even knew existed. Help undo some of the damage done by your tired high school history books, and find out what the real deal was with the women who shaped the world as we know it.