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15 Women’s History Books for Kids and Teens

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Since 1987, March has been a month dedicated to recognizing women and their role in American history. During Women’s History Month we make a special effort to study and celebrate the contributions of women and how they have shaped our Nation. From women who shined in their role as mothers or housewives to those who made medical discoveries or fought to serve alongside men in male-dominated careers – women are beginning to be recognized as equal partners in society. 

Women’s history is observed through education, lectures, parades and many other activities designed to highlight the contributions of women. One of the easiest ways to learn about some of the most memorable women in America’s history is to read a book about their achievements. Schools and libraries make a special effort to promote women each March but adding books about women to your reading list is beneficial all year long. 

Women’s history is exciting and interesting and you may be surprised how much material is available like this list of 15 women’s history books that your child or teen will love. Whether in a classroom setting or at home, these books will spark a discussion about women and excite the future pioneers for women’s rights.

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Women’s History Picture Books

Anybody's Game: Kathryn Johnston, the First Girl to Play Little League Baseball by Heather Lang

Kathryn Johnston wanted to play Little League so she cut off her hair, gave herself the nickname "Tubby" and tried out disguised as a boy. Did she make the team?

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How Kate Warne Saved President Lincoln: The Story Behind the Nation's First Woman Detective by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk

Kate Warne wanted to become a detective and convinced Allen Pinkerton to hire. She went on to save a president and start her own successful agency of lady detectives. 

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Middle-Grade Books About Women in History

Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming

Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific Ocean during her attempt to circumnavigate the globe in her plane but that doesn't make her any less important! Young adventure seekers can read about her life and the impact Amelia had on the world.

New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

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Rosa Parks: My Story by Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus but she was a continued voice and activist in the civil rights movement. In this inspiring autobiography, young readers can hear her story firsthand.

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Fannie Never Flinched by Mary Cronk Farrell

Fannie Sellins fought for better working and living conditions for laborers in St. Louis and around the country. Much of what she fought for defined labor laws that still exist today. Readers will learn about her courage and how she fought the struggle for American labor union rights.

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Young Adult Literature Tells the History of Women

The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich

Women wanted to be reporters, journalists, and editors but in a male-dominated world, they rarely moved beyond basic reporting. In the first-ever class action lawsuit filed by women, forty-six women sued Newsweek claiming discrimination in the workplace.

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World by Penny Colman

Elizabeth Cady And Susan B. Anthony met on a street corner and formed an everlasting bond and friendship. Together the two challenged laws that oppressed women and fought for change.

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Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot by Winifred Conkling

Some of the fiercest women in history fought long and hard to earn women the right to vote. Read their inspirational stories and learn how they contributed to changing the world for women.

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A Whole New Ball Game: The Story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League by Sue Macy

For twelve seasons, some of the most talented female athletes earned a living playing baseball. Author Sue Macy spent eleven years tracking down the women of the AAGPBL, interviewing them, and looking at their scrapbooks. This is their story in their own words, a tale of no-hitters and chaperones, stolen bases and practical jokes, home runs and run-ins with fans.

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She Takes a Stand: 16 Fearless Activists Who Have Changed the World by Michael Elsohn Ross

Whether fighting for human rights, civil rights, workers’ rights, reproductive/sexual rights, or world peace these 16 women took a stand and fought to change the world for better.

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