Happy International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month!

Today, nations around the world celebrate the progress women have made throughout history. According to InternationalWomensDay.com, “Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements.”

Here at Morgan Reynolds, we recognize that women have played important roles in the development of our society, which is why several of our books are about some of the most influential women in history.

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In 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt appointed Frances Perkins to be his secretary of labor.

Emily Keller, author of Frances Perkins: First Woman Cabinet Member, wrote, “As a young woman in college, Frances Perkins considered becoming an actress or a teacher. However, women’s reform movements of the 1920s fired her imagination.”

When she accepted her position as the secretary of labor, Perkins said, “The overwhelming argument and thought which made me do it in the end in spite of personal difficulties was the realization that the door might not be opened to a woman again for a long, long time, and that I had a kind of duty to other women to walk in and sit down on the chair that was offered, and so establish the right of others long hence and far distant to sit in the high seat.”

Keller wrote, “A woman has not yet been elected president of the United States, but that will likely change someday. When it does, she will owe her election, at least in part, to the hard work and dedication of Frances Perkins, the first woman to serve in a president’s cabinet. ”

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Dr. Padma Venkatraman, author of Profiles in Mathematics: Women Mathematicians, wrote that women have also influenced the world of mathematics.

[M]any women–though not as well-known by history–aided in the development of mathematics….[They] were born at times when women were expected to get only a minimal education. Furthermore, even when their passion prevailed and they were able to attain the knowledge they sought, they were often unable to find careers in their chosen field, blocked by men and the prejudices of their time…. With time and determination they succeeded, creating works that influenced people’s thinking about mathematics and the universe; in doing so, they not only achieved their own goals, but helped to forge the modern world.

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There were even women in the sky at the beginning of the twentieth century. Wanda Langley, author  of Women of the Wind: Early Women Aviators wrote, “Early planes were rickety, open-cockpit contraptions, and daredevils flocked to them in droves. Many of those groundbreaking pilots lost their lives to the sky, even at they inspired others to take to the air. Not a few of these brave aviators were women.”

Women have contributed to the development of many fields. Find out more by taking a look at Morgan Reynolds’s biographies of some of these influential women:

Frances Perkins: First Woman Cabinet Member  (ISBN 9781931798914)                                                     

Profiles in Mathematics: Women Mathematicians (ISBN 9781599350912)                                                                                      

Women of the Wind: Early Women Aviators (ISBN 9781931798815)                                                                                             

Cleopatra: Ruler of Egypt (ISBN 9781599350356)                                                                                                                                       

Profiles in Mathematics: Sophie Germain (ISBN 9781599350622)                                                                                                               

New Elements: The Story of Marie Curie (ISBN 9781599350233)                                                                                                           

Profiles in Fashion: Vera Wang (ISBN 9781599351506)                                                                                                                         

Supreme Court Justices: Sonia Sotomayor (ISBN 9781599351568)                                                                                                     

Profiles in Fashion: Kate Spade (ISBN 9781599351544)                                                                                                                                 

From China to America: The Story of Amy Tan (ISBN 9781599351384) 

Adrianne Loggins
Associate Editor

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