6 Books Featuring Strong Women in History

Want to teach the next generation about women who were movers, shakers, and history-makers? Check out these top picks recommended by our children’s librarians and available at Grand Forks Public.

1. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were good at math… really good. Learn how they used their genius minds to change the world.

2. Born Curious by Martha Freeman

The twenty groundbreaking women sought answers to fascinating questions. Some grew up rich. Some grew up poor. Some were the smartest kid in class. Some struggled in school. But all had one thing in common: They were born curious. Are you curious, too?

3. An Equal Shot by Helaine Becker

You’ve likely heard of the law Title IX. It protects the equal rights of students, athletes, and professionals in America regardless of gender. But do you know about the women who fought to enact this new law? An Equal Shot celebrates the power of words to defend and unite vulnerable people.

4. Finish the Fight by Veronica Chambers

Who was at the forefront of women’s right to vote? We know a few famous names, like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, but what about so many others from diverse backgrounds who helped lead the fight for suffrage? Celebrate the names and stories of the women whose stories have yet to be told.

5. Tallchief: America’s Prima Ballerina by Maria Tallchief with Rosemary Wells

Growing up on the Osage Indian reservation, Maria Tallchief was a gifted pianist and dancer. According to Osage tradition, women are not permitted to dance, but Maria’s parents recognized her gifts and allowed her to break the rule. When Maria reached the age of twelve, her father told her it was time to choose between her two loves.

6. The Power of her Pen by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Ethel Payne always had an ear for stories. Seeking truth, justice, and equality, Ethel followed stories from her school newspaper in Chicago to Japan during World War II. It even led her to the White House, where she broke barriers as the only black female journalist.

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