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    21 Books to Celebrate Women’s History Month

    For Women’s History Month, the staff of the Daviess County Public Library chose their favorite books that celebrate extraordinary women and their stories that helped shape women’s history. Three of our favorite selections are listed below.

    Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O’Brien

    In Fly Girls, O’Brien covers the story of five female aviation pilots, including Florence Klingensmith, Louise Thaden, Ruth Eider, Ruth Nichols, and Amelia Earhart, and their fight to compete in high stakes air races during the 1920s and 1930s. Fly Girls is a book that offers something for everyone, with accurate and deeply engrossing narratives involving death-defying exploits.

    Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

    Margot Lee Shetterly, the founder of the Human Computer Project, shines a light on the extraordinary women who worked at the institution that would eventually become NASA. Hidden Figures tells the story of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four mathematicians who worked at Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory during the height of the space race and the Civil Rights Movement. Hidden Figures is the perfect book for young readers who look for inspiration in pursuing a career in a scientific field.

    The Radium Girls: The Dark Story Behind America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore

    Moore tells the story of over a dozen women employed as watch dial painters in 1917 who were tasked with painting with a luminous substance containing radium. Writing in graphic detail, Moore describes the disastrous effects that radium had on each worker’s body and the ensuing effect it had on workers’ rights. While ultimately a sad read, The Radium Girls is a fascinating book for anyone interested in the history of workers’ rights and scientific discovery surrounding radiation sickness.

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