Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society. It has been annually observed in the United States in the month of March since 1980 when President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. The U.S. Congress followed suit the next year, passing a resolution establishing a national celebration. Six years later, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March.
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Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World
by Vashti Harrison
Featuring the true stories of women creators and thinkers from around the world, throughout history, this book shows that sometimes seeing things a little differently can lead to big changes. As you’ll see, the women profiled here not only made a place for themselves in the world but made the world a better place to live.
Rebel Girls Lead: 25 Tales of Powerful Women
by Rebel Girls
This collection of 25 stories includes the most beloved stories of leadership from the first three volumes of this New York Times best-selling series, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. Rebel Girls Lead celebrates the leadership of women from Michelle Obama to Malala Yousafzai. It is illustrated by female artists.
Brave, Black, First: 50+ African American Women Who Changed the World
by Cheryl Willis Hudson
Published in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, discover over fifty remarkable African American women whose unique skills and contributions paved the way for the next generation of young people.
Be Bold! Be Brave! 11 Latinas Who Made U.S. History / ¡Sé audaz, Sé valiente! 11 Latinas Que Hicieron Historia en los Estados Unidos
Available in English and Spanish, this bilingual book highlights 11 Latinas who excelled in various fields including medicine, science, sports, art and politics. By presenting the true biographical stories of these outstanding Latinas in rhyming verses, young readers will easily follow their journey to success.
Eleanor, Quiet No More: the Life of Eleanor Roosevelt
by Doreen Rappaport
A biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, the most socially and politically active — and controversial — First Lady America had ever seen. Ambassador, activist, and champion of civil rights, Eleanor Roosevelt changed the soul of America forever. Includes selected quotes from Eleanor’s own writings.
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
by Debbie Levy
Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s right for people everywhere. This biographical picture book about the Notorious RBG, tells the justice’s story through the lens of her many famous dissents, or disagreements.
Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers
by Michelle Obama
The honest and fascinating account of Michelle Obama’s life. She shares her views on how all young people can help themselves as well as help others, no matter their status in life. She asks readers to realize that no one is perfect, and that the process of becoming is what matters, as finding yourself is ever evolving. In telling her story with boldness, she asks young readers: Who are you, and what do you want to become?
I Am Sonia Sotomayor
by Brad Meltzer
Sonia Sotomayor was the first Latina Supreme Court Justice. From her home in the Bronx to law school, Sonia Sotomayor was always driven by her love of learning and her commitment to justice. With the support of her loving family and supportive mentors, she pursued a career in law and proved there’s no limit to what someone can accomplish.
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
by Malala Yousafzai
Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. In these young readers edition of her best-selling memoir we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world – and did.
Who is Oprah Winfrey?
by Barbara Kramer
We all know Oprah Winfrey as a talk-show host, actress, producer, media mogul, and philanthropist, but the “Queen of Talk” wasn’t always so fortunate. She suffered through a rough childhood and went on to use her personal struggles as motivation. Oprah’s kindness, resilience, and determination are just some of the many reasons why her viewers, and people all around the world, love her. The richest African American person of the twentieth century, Oprah is often described as the most influential woman in the world.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul
by Carole Boston Weatherford
Aretha sang with a soaring voice that spanned more than three octaves. Her incredible talent and string of hit songs earned her the title “the Queen of Soul.” With words that sing and art that shines, this vibrant portrait of Aretha Franklin pays her the R-E-S-P-E-C-T this Queen of Soul deserves.
Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos
by Monica Brown
Chronicles Frida’s life, from her childhood to her rise as one of the world’s most influential painters, capturing the beauty and strength of Frida’s creative spirit, which carried her through tragedy and triumph, and the animals that inspired her along the way.
Fossil Huntress: Mary Leaky, Paleontologist
by Andi Diehn
What was the world like millions of years ago? Did early humans walk on all fours? Did giant sloths lie in trees? Did dinosaurs have feathers? Even as a young girl, Mary Leakey was fascinated by questions like these! Meet Mary as a girl growing up in France and visiting the site of archeological wonders, such as Pech Merle, Fond de Gaume, and La Mouthe. As an adult, Mary leaps at the chance to travel to Africa, where she spends much of her life working in the field in Tanzania, making discoveries that change the face of paleontology forever. True grit, passion, and high standards for scientific rigor made Mary a pioneer in the field of paleontology!
by Christine Day
Maria Tallchief loved to dance, but was told that she might need to change her Osage name to one that sounded more Russian to make it as a professional ballerina. She refused, and worked hard at dancing her best, becoming America’s first Indigenous American prima ballerina.
Spring After Spring: How Rachel Carson Inspired the Environmental Movement
by Stephanie Roth Sisson
As a child, Rachel Carson lived by the rhythms of the natural world. Spring after spring, year after year, she observed how all living things are connected. And as an adult, Rachel watched and listened as the natural world she loved so much began to fall silent. Spring After Spring traces Rachel’s journey as scientist and writer, courageously speaking truth to an often hostile world through her book, and ultimately paving the way for the modern environmental movement.
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