History by the simplest definition is "events of the past." When trying to decide what is history, we have to define what is considered "past" enough to be history. The Historical Novel Society defines historical fiction to be set at least fifty years before the time of writing the book.
But what about nonfiction? Is a relatively recent event like 9/11 considered history? I remember it like it was yesterday, but does it feel like history for people in their twenties and thirties? I was eight when Kennedy was shot and it also feels like it was yesterday, even though it is history by any definition. On the other hand, when I was a kid, World War II felt like it had happened a hundred years before I was born instead of ending just a decade earlier.
This idea of history being relevant to the impact of particular events, and factors such as how old we are and where we live, makes the definition of it fluid.
Through the ages, women have had the added problem of being left off the pages of history. Because of this, we have to celebrate today's history-worthy women so they are not only remembered, but take their proper place in history without first being a footnote or buried completely until they're "discovered" some time in the future.
Here are three books where women not only lived history but contributed it, either by being a participant or a reporter of it.