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14 Products That Celebrate Trailblazing Women in History

Aug 14, 2020

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. Which gave women the constitutional right to vote in the US...though there were many barriers which prevented some (like Black and Native American women) from actually casting their ballots. Still, a prettyyyy big moment in history. 

Here at theSkimm, we’re committed to making sure every woman exercises their right to vote. (You can check out for more info, or to register to vote.) But we’re also celebrating the anniversary with fun products that honor women in history who changed the game for other women. So we’re reminded of their impact every day.

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A bingo set filled with illustrations of inspiring women…

Like a gymnast with 30 Olympic and World Championship medals and a Swedish teen who's fighting climate change. You’ll also get a booklet with bios on the 48 featured women. Read up. ($20, Uncommon Goods)

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A Shirley Chisholm illustration because if they don’t offer you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair…

She was the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress. Oh, and she was the first Black woman to seek the nomination for president of the United States from one of the two major political parties. ($10+, Alleanna Harris Art on Etsy)

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A 500-piece puzzle entirely dedicated to female suffrage…

Because you’re tired of putting together beach scenes. This one features leaders of the movement, from Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Sojourner Truth. Ready. Set. Puzzle. ($20, Uncommon Goods)

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An Eleanor Roosevelt quote you should repeat to yourself daily…

And say it louder for the people in the back. First lady Eleanor Roosevelt was involved in numerous humanitarian causes and was a delegate to the United Nations. Impressive. ($6.99+, CJ prints on Etsy)

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A coffee table book packed with New York Times articles all about the women’s movement for equal rights…

Starting with the Equal Rights Convention in 1866 and ending with the Time's Up movement in 2018, this book covers a ton. Plus five dollars from your purchase goes to Women for Women International, a nonprofit organization that provides support to women survivors of war. Do good, feel good. ($50, Uncommon Goods)

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A Susan B. Anthony print that’ll remind you equality is necessary…

She fought for abolition and equal pay. She also traveled the country advocating for women’s suffrage. We bow down. ($18, Bored Inc. on Etsy)

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A children’s book with 100 bedtime stories about extraordinary women who made a difference…

We’re talking people like Elizabeth I and Malala Yousafzai. Each story features a full-page portrait done by a female artist. And the biographies are written in a fairytale-style to help your kids understand just how great these women are. Sweet dreams. ($18.35+, Bookshop)

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A print highlighting Black women who’ve made history…

Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, Shirley Chisholm, Nina Simone, Harriet Tubman, Coretta Scott King, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Michelle Obama, and Angela Davis. Need we say more? ($18, Bored Inc. on Etsy)

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A coloring book featuring images and quotes from groundbreakers like Ruth Bader Ginsburg…

And Maya Angelou. We now know our favorite pastime. Someone pass the markers. ($19.99, Amazon)

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A Rosa Parks portrait that surely deserves to be displayed…

Because we can’t think of a better piece to include in your gallery wall. She’s an icon, history-maker, and civil rights activist. ($39.35+, Frequency of Love on Etsy)

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A book about ingenious inventions by women of all backgrounds…

Alissa Chavez is a Latinx teen who invented the Hot Seat to prevent infant deaths in hot cars. Ruth Wakefield invented the first chocolate chip cookie. How did they do it? This book dives into their struggles, biggest questions, and accomplishments. Girls really do solve everything. ($14.40, Amazon)

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A graphic of Ida B. Wells with one of her iconic quotes…

She was a former slave turned investigative journalist, activist, and researcher. She also started an anti-lynching campaign to bring awareness to the inhumane practice. This graphic is a great way to honor her at home. ($30.79+, Society6)

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A subscription box all about female leadership and empowerment in the workplace…

You’ll get a monthly shipment with a curated book from a female author (hi, Brené Brown) and three to five products from female-owned businesses. Inspiration, coming right up. ($20.99+, Cratejoy)

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A cocktail book that highlights female heroes and pairs them with a delicious drink…

Written and illustrated by Brooklyn bartender Merrily Grashin, this book dives into history to showcase strong women and social movements. Each drink is inspired by something (or someone) in particular. Bottoms up. ($16.56, Bookshop)

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PS: These are editorially selected, but if you purchase, theSkimm may get something in return. 

PPS: If something’s out of stock, oops, it was there when we published. And we apologize for any shipping delays due to COVID-19. Thanks.

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