Wonder Women is a collection of stories of 25 women doctors, mathematicians, spies and forgers, writers, soldiers, inventors, and other pioneers in STEM, not just in the United States but all over the world. Maggs, a video game writer and author, made a particular effort to include women from all backgrounds and races, to get the point across that all women deserve recognition for their work.

Not only were these women just as capable as — if not more capable than — their fellow men, they also had to overcome incredible obstacles, like parents who didn’t want them to go to school, laws that kept them from performing their job, and male colleagues who stole their inventions and the credit. It’s a great little book to keep on your desk to remind yourself that even though you’re probably paid less than a man for the same amount of work, and men interrupt you while you’re talking, you can do whatever you set your mind to!

In celebration of International Women’s Day, The Verge spoke with Maggs about how Wonder Women came to be, why it’s important to have female role models in STEM, and whether the tide is finally changing.

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