In celebration of Women’s History Month, Candid’s online librarians have compiled a special collection of books by and about women. These eBooks and audiobooks examine topics such as how the gender gap in data results in scientific bias, the history and future of feminist movements at the intersection of sexism and racism, and how women’s empowerment can change the world. The selection also features titles by women leaders, including Candid CEO Ann Mei Chang.

While the collection includes dozens of titles, here are nine essential reads:

The lack of data and research on women over centuries has created and perpetuated systemic bias and discrimination in the sciences and across sectors. Curated for Women’s History Month, these books examine some of the contributing factors and build the case for greater inclusion:

  • Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez. From economic development to health care to education and public policy, we rely on data to allocate resources and make crucial decisions. But “because so much data fails to take into account gender and because it treats men as the default,” argues Criado Perez, “bias and discrimination are baked into our systems.”

Building intersectional feminist movements

The fight for women’s rights intersects with multiple other movements for equality, yet it has not always been inclusive. If you want to learn about how feminist movements can help advance equality and justice for all communities of women, here are some titles to get you started:

  • White Feminism: From the Suffragettes to Influencers and Who They Leave Behind by Koa Beck. “In a time of alleged heightened ‘feminism,’ women of color and poor women are being left behind,” writes the former editor-in-chief of Jezebel, “and yet the trappings that uniquely target us, like poverty, incarceration, police brutality, and immigration, aren’t often quantified as ‘feminist issues.’”

Read the full article about women's history month by Christy Rilette at Candid.