Celebrate National Women's History Month, sponsored by the National Women's History Project. This year, teach your students about a woman from history they might not know about.
• Miss Spitfire by Sarah Miller – Sarah Miller's accomplished debut presents a fictionalized account of Anne Sullivan's life and her time as Helen Keller's teacher. Arriving at Ivy Green in 1887, Anne was a partially blind orphan who had been tasked with teaching the difficult blind, deaf, and mute girl to communicate. Anne quickly learned, along with Helen, that “words are a miracle.”
• Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote by Tanya Lee Stone – This Junior Library Guild Premier Selection introduces young listeners to women’s rights pioneer Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
• Madam C.J. Walker by A’Lelia Perry Bundles – The first African American female millionaire, Madam C. J. Walker rose from rags to riches. Orphaned at the age of 7, married at 14, widowed at 20, she dreamed of a better life for herself. Determined, she developed a new hair-care preparation for black women, selling it door-to-door. From this meagre start, she went on to owning her own cosmetics company.
• Let Me Play, The Story of Title IX: The Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America by Karen Blumenthal – The seeds for Title IX were sown amidst the violent social upheavals of the 1960s. And through the perseverance of many women and civil rights advocates, it opened—and kept open—many doors for women beginning in 1972. A Junior Library Guild Selection and winner of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, Let Me Play is an inspiring collection of stories about women fighting for equality.
• Girls Think of Everything by Catherine Thimmesh – Often overshadowed by famous male inventors, women have also made many significant contributions to science and industry. This audiobook profiles women like Stephanie Kwolek who created Kevlar® body armor. You’ll also hear about women like Ruth Wakefield, whose Toll House Cookie recipe has satisfied the sweet tooth of millions, and Grace Murray Hopper, a mathematician and Navy officer who pioneered the science of computer programming.
• Women of Hope: African Americans Who Made a Difference by Joyce Hansen – Hear about the life of acclaimed actress Ruby Dee and 1983 Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker. Meet the first African American woman to travel into space and the first African American resident neurosurgeon.
What are you doing to celebrate women’s history?