Your Ultimate Back-to-School Guide

As summer winds down and school season approaches, we're making the transition easier by offering you the ultimate guide to help you prepare for the first day of classes.

Click through the gallery above to see a collection of must-have back-to-school items. From must-read books, to decorative school supplies, we've got all the right tools for success.

And learn about some of our groundbreaking MAKERS who are making strides in education.

Don't forget to sign up for our weekly MAKERS Monday newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming MAKERS launching this fall.

NEXT: #LetGirlsLearn: Michelle Obama and Prince Harry Discuss Education Initiative »

Related Stories:
Malala Yousafzai Speaks: "Education Is Something Worth Fighting For"
Sandra Day O'Conner On Empowering Women Through Education

Photo Credit: Getty Images


"This Is For My Girls" Single  This is the perfect song to motivate you on your way to class. Download MAKERS' executive-produced song written by Diane Warren. The song features a star-studded group of female singers. All proceeds go to First Lady Michelle Obama's Let Girls Learn initiative, which raises funds to help 62 million girls around the world gain access to education. Photo Credit: MAKERS

MAKERS Stories App | #WhatsYourStory? MAKERS invites you to download our app on iOS and Android and share what inspires you most. Whether it's your first semester in college or you're making a career change, we want to hear about it! Record your story or someone else's, and publish it to where it will live alongside our collection of stories that include Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Gloria Steinem, Ava DuVernay, Sheryl Sandberg, and more. Photo Credit: MAKERS

"Forward" | Abby Wambach MAKER Sheryl Sandberg has credited "Forward" as being a "powerful story of an athlete who has inspired girls all over the world to believe in themselves. In these pages, Abby is deeply honest about her professional and life challenges — and she shows us by example how to overcome problems and live a happier, braver life. The memoir is slated to hit bookshelves September 2016." Photo Credit: Dey Street Books/

"Financially Fearless" | Alexa von Tobel CEO and founder of LearnVest and MAKER Alexa von Tobel has the best book to get your finances in shape. Whether this is your last semester of college or you're starting a new job, after reading "Financially Fearless," you will have a great financial game plan tailored to your priorities, your dreams, and ultimately your lifestyle. Photo Credit: Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Pennsylvania Conference for Women

Gender is Up Here We all know it might get a little chilly in the classroom and outside with fall approaching. Here's a must-have feminist sweatshirt to keep you warm.  Photo Credit: Feminist Apparel

Feminist Tote Bag Need something to help you carry all those books? Well look no further. Here's the perfect tote for all your school items. It features a quote from the queen of feminism herself, Audre Lorde. Photo Credit: Zazzle

Rosie the Riveter Laptop Sleeve We know you likely take your laptop everywhere you go (especially to class), so you should consider buying this iconic case to protect your computer. And who doesn't love a little Rosie the Riveter? Photo Credit: Etsy

Motivating Notebook Whether you're taking notes in class or just writing your thoughts down, you may want a motivating notebook to empower you along the way. Photo Credit: Paper Source