Reader query: suggesting women for syllabus

I am a very new TA and the only woman in my department. I would very much like to be able to include female writers in my teaching – and to make some basic suggestions to the more receptive of my colleagues. However, I am unsure how to balance this with the expectation that I stick to the “important” or “significant” people – especially with more historically focused classes. A little advice would be helpful, especially for those of us that are new to putting a syllabus together at all! The standard advice in our department is to take an old syllabus from someone else and use it.