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Recommended Books for Women's History Month

Share biographies and historical fiction about empowered, determined women who transformed their worlds.
 
Cover image for If You Lived When Women Won Their Rights
If You Lived When Women Won Their Rights
by Anne Kamma

In the familiar question-and-answer format, this installment in the acclaimed If You Lived... history series tells the exciting story of how women worked to get equal rights with men, culminating in the 19th amendment to the Constitution.

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Heroine of the Titanic: The Real Unsinkable Molly Brown
by Elaine Landau Illustrated by Elaine Landau
Margaret (Molly) Brown is best known for her bravery and compassion during the tragic sinking of the Titanic, which catapulted her to international fame virtually overnight.
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Gutsy Girls: Young Women Who Dare
by Michele Schuerger , Tina Schwager

Here is an affirmative collection of essays by 26 young women, who share how they have overcome a variety of odds to achieve their most cherished dreams, from sports to academics.

 

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The Scholastic Encyclopedia of Women in the United States
by Sheila Keenan

From Native Americans to recent immigrants, artists to athletes, politicians to poets, this book introduces readers to more than 250 women who have shaped the history of the United States.

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Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women
by Catherine Thimmesh Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

In kitchens and living rooms, in garages and labs and basements, even in converted chicken coops, women and girls have invented ingenious innovations that have made our lives simpler and better. Their creations are some of the most enduring (the windshield wiper) and best loved (the chocolate chip cookie).

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Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman
by Dorothy Sterling

Harriet Tubman knew mostly only hard work and hunger in her life. Born into slavery, she spent the majority of her life helping countless others escape it.

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Cleopatra
by Diane Stanley , Peter Vennema Illustrated by Diane Stanley

Meet the Teen Who Became a Queen!

Stunning illustrations make this biography of the legendary queen as beautiful as she was!

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Bull's-Eye: A Photobiography of Annie Oakley
by Sue Macy
This fact-filled biography recounts the extraordinary life of Annie Oakley, from her difficult childhood through her years of fame as a markswoman and performer. Many photographs show Annie, her family, and the Wild West shows she performed in.
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Lost Star: The Story of Amelia Earhart
by Patricia Lauber

Until the day her plane disappeared over the South Pacific in 1937, Amelia Earhart claimed one primary goal in her life, and that was the advancement of the achievements of women.

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Great Women in the Struggle
by Valerie Wilson Wesley , Toyomi Igus , Veronica Freeman Ellis , Diane Patrick

The life stories of 80 noteworthy African-American women, ranging from Sojourner Truth to Oprah Winfrey, are told in this biographical collection complete with simple black-and-white photographs.

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Cool Women: The Thinking Girl's Guide to the Hippest Women in History
by Naomi Wax , Dawn Chipman , Mari Florence

Throughout history, women have overcome fears and lived life to the fullest. Considered by the ALA to be one of the best books for young adults, this collection of over 50 short biographies and photographs inspires today's young women to take risks and take action.

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Twentieth-Century Women Scientists
by Lisa Yount
Women have contributed greatly to the world of modern science. The women in this book have overcome obstacles such as discrimination to be successful in their fields. Their stories are incredible and inspiring.
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Cover image for A Separate Battle: Women and the Civil War
A Separate Battle: Women and the Civil War
by Ina Chang

Whether privileged ladies or former slaves, women in the North and South worked as nurses, spies, and volunteers in aid societies; they even fought battles posing as male soldiers.

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Cover image for Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way)
Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way)
by Sue Macy

Take a lively look at women's history from aboard a bicycle, which granted females the freedom of mobility and helped empower women's liberation.

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Cover image for Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front in World War II
Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front in World War II
by Penny Colman

When America's men went off to war in 1942, millions of women were recruited, through posters and other propaganda, to work at non-traditional jobs. In defense plants, factories, offices, and everywhere else workers were needed, they were — for the first time — well paid and financially independent.

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Cover image for Susan B. Anthony: Champion of Women's Rights
Susan B. Anthony: Champion of Women's Rights
by Helen Albee Monsell Illustrated by Al Fiorentino
This book focuses on the childhood of Susan B. Anthony, an extraordinary pioneer in the crusade for women's rights.
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