March is Women’s History Month, something that gets more important to me as I (and my daughter) get older.

We’ve made progress as women, of course. Just check out all the amazing women’s history resources that can be found here.

But there’s still much work to be done. And it’s up to all of us to do it.

We start with our kids, of course. We’ve been careful to demonstrate to Nola since she was a baby that she can be and do whatever she wants.

When she was little, I didn’t surround her with all pink and girly things. I incorporated primary colors whenever I could. She had pink princess stuff, of course, but she also had red, blue, and green blocks and toy cars. She watched Sofia the First and Handy Manny.

As she got older, I let her choose where her interests would take her. She did T-ball one year and cheerleading the next. Now, she’s a green/brown belt in karate and a member of a girls volleyball tournament team. She’s also the lead villain in the high school musical and plays the tuba.

She’s a remarkably versatile kid, and I can’t wait to see what she does next.

But it’s not just real-world people she can draw inspiration from. Fictional characters can open whole new worlds to young women who don’t have the same exposure and opportunities that my daughter does.

And it’s not just young women that fiction can inspire. I find myself gravitating more and more to strong female characters.

It’s why I love Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Diving Series so very much.

Her main female character, Boss, is seriously badass. (Kris, by the way, is pretty badass herself.) If you haven’t been introduced to Boss yet, start with Diving into the Wreck.

Here’s the synopsis:

Boss dives derelict space vessels, for money, yes, but more for their historical value. So, when she uncovers the find of a lifetime, she enlists the best divers she knows to help her pursue it—off the grid and under the Empire’s radar.

Boss’s discovery leads her and her team to the Room of Lost Souls. Boss remembers the Room. It haunts her. Her mother died there. Now, a client wants her to go back to help uncover the Room’s mysteries. But the truths they discover might destroy everything Boss holds sacred.

Because the more they discover, the less they realize they know—and the more it will cost them all.

An Asimov’s Readers’ Choice winner and RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice pick.

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And if you’re already familiar with the series, but missed our recent Kickstarter, you can now preorder The Court-Martial of the Renegat Renegades. Boss isn’t in this one, but there are other badass women.

Here’s the synopsis:

The Renegat Renegades finally learn their fate in New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s The Court-Martial of the Renegat Renegades, the gripping new novel in her award-winning Diving series.

As the surviving crew of the Renegat face court-martial for mutiny—100 years in their future—the case makes everyone nervous. Prosecutors worry the survivors will prove too sympathetic to convict. The defense worries about the reliability of the defendants. But the survivors worry about what might happen should the truth—the whole truth—finally come to light. Set in Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s expansive Diving Universe, The Court-Martial of the Renegat Renegades adds rich new background to this powerfully written series.

With shocking secrets, a deepening mystery, and a surprise witness, this spellbinding sf mystery mixes the best of legal fiction and space opera and proves Rusch’s place as a master of science fiction.

Click here to preorder the book from the WMG Books Shopify Store.

Now, let’s raise a glass (or a mug, if you prefer) to amazing women everywhere!

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer, working mother, and brain tumor survivor.