This March 2024 the National Women’s Alliance is highlighting women who advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion. Who are your favorite heroines? What books have you read that have changed your perspectives on inclusion, or that changed the world? Join the discussion on Goodreads.

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Watch for a new memoir from Pasthana Durrani about her passionate and dangerous work to create schools for Afghani women. Last to Eat, Last To Learn is expected soon, and a fascinating interview with the author was featured this week on PBS newshour.

Ida B. Wells is one of my person heroines and her story is an important part of the history of Chicago. This biography, written by her great-granddaughter, covers Wells’ early years as a slave, her famous acts of resistance, and her achievements as a journalist and anti-lynching activist.

This influential work from 1983 laid the groundwork for emerging ideas of an intersectional approach to feminism. Angela Davis provides a powerful history of the social and political influence of whiteness and elitism in feminism, from abolitionist days to the present, and demonstrates how the racist and classist biases of its leaders inevitably hampered any collective ambitions.

Two Pulitzer Prize winners issue a call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women in the developing world. They show that a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad and that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential.

A call for inclusion of women in Data Collection! Data is fundamental to the modern world. From economic development, to healthcare, to education and public policy, we rely on numbers to allocate resources and make crucial decisions. But because so much data fails to take into account gender, because it treats men as the default and women as atypical, bias and discrimination are baked into our systems.

Check out this groundbreaking science that seeks to include the study of women’s lives in the analysis of pre-history. This research seeks to create a more complete understanding of women’s roles in the civilizations that created the famous Venus figures.