Celebrating Women's HerStory Month
March is National Women's History Month, or Women's HerStory Month! Here are some wonderful books about bold women:
Some great books for children include Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children, how one woman created the first children's book collection in a library. Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World, each letter of the alphabet an amazing woman. Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first the first American female doctor and her pioneering medical career that opened doors for future generations of women. And for some fun fiction, but hopefully not too distant future, check out Madam President.
For older readers, most people are familiar with Amelia Earhart, Harriet Tubman, and Clara Barton, but have you heard of Victoria Woodhull and Tennessee Claflin? These ladies were way ahead of their time, and are unequal in their crusade for women's fiscal, political and sexual independence. They escaped a tawdry childhood to become rich and famous, and nearly 50 years before women could vote, Victoria ran for president with her running mate Frederick Douglass. Read more about them kicking butt and taking names, while threatening the white male power structure of 19th century in The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Age.
For some more amazing history about phenomenal women, check out Glory, Passion, and Principle: The Story of Eight Remarkable Women at the Core of the American Revolution. Learn about women like Sybil Ludington, who rode twice as far as Paul Revere to alert American patriots, and Deborah Sampson who disguised herself as a man and fought in the army for 17 months. You can also check out, Uppity Women of the Renaissance where you can laugh and learn about 100 forgotten women of the Renaissance that you'll immediately want to know more about.
For some historical fiction, Inside Out & Back Again is an honest yet witty portrayal of a girl's immigration experience from Vietnam in a series of short poems. For something you won't be able to put down, The Book Thief is a gripping tale about German girl who steals stories in World War II to sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding. Someone Knows My Name, a true and harrowing experience of decades of slavery, revolution and abolitionist fervor during the Revolutionary War. Sold, a heartbreaking but important story of a girl from Nepal who is sold into prostitution.
For some purely fictional women, check out some Wonder Woman materials including The Secret History of Wonder Woman. For a darker female heroine who can also duke it out with Medusa, the Mother of Monsters, and Gotham's criminal underworld, check out Kate Kane as Batwoman. For a touching mystery about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world, Where'd you go, Bernadette is a funny and witty read. For a crazy murder mystery thriller, Sharp Objects focuses on Camille and the the past she's been trying to forget.