Colman's deep interest in women's history and social issues has led her to write numerous critically acclaimed works that introduce children to little-known individuals and causes. She has written biographies of famous women and women who should be famous, as well as historical overviews of movements in labor and education. Extremely dedicated in preparation for her books, Colman traveled the country doing extensive research for her compelling study Girls! A History of Growing Up Female in America.
A resident of Englewood, New Jersey, Penny Colman has been active in social issues at the grass roots level, too, working as executive director of the Center for Food Action and serving on the New Jersey Commission on Hunger and the New Jersey State Women Infant Children Advisory Council. She enjoys adventure sports, jogging and bicycling, doing puzzles, driving on long trips, and exploring cemeteries to find the graves of the historic people she writes about.