2020 marks 100 years since the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted equal voting rights for women.
During those 100 years, women from all walks of life have continued to demonstrate two aspects of living and being human that we can share with our kids: Positive change may not happen quickly or in the way we expect it to; and perseverance, confidence, and determination can help us work through any obstacle.
Celebrate the accomplishments of women throughout history and encourage the young dreamers in your life by sharing a book from your local public library during Women’s History Month.
Reading together is a stress-free, no-pressure way to teach your little ones that there are many strong women in this world to look up to.
Pick a book (or three or more!) from the librarian-curated list of Rad Women in history and spend some time talking with your child about ways they can be brave, bold and fearless in everyday life.
The books on our list feature a variety of daring women so that your little ones can find inspiration whether they love playing soccer and scoring goals, tinkering with magnets, painting (abstract) portraits of your cat or running a hospital for toys.
I consulted with the resident wee one in my house, and my adventurous, feminist 5-year-old and I agreed these are our favorite titles to check out from the library.
Becoming RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Journey to Justice
A portrait of the Supreme Court Justice and modern feminist icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg reveals the personal experiences that shaped her philosophy about how lasting change can be accomplished one step at a time. Features easy-to-follow comic illustrations. For ages 9 to 12.
Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World
Meet the little leaders. They’re brave. They’re bold. They changed the world. Featuring the true stories of 40 inspirational women creators – from writers to inventors, artists to scientists – each paired with charming, full-color portrait illustrations. For ages 9 to 12.
Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock Secrets of the Atom
When Wu Chien Shiung was born in China 100 years ago, girls did not attend school. But her parents named their daughter ‘Courageous Hero’ and encouraged her love of science. This picture book biography follows Wu as she battles sexism at home and racism in the United States of America to become the ‘Queen of Physics’ for her work on how atoms split. For ages 8 and below.
Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote
Mark the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment this year with the profiles of ten women who fought hard to gain the right to vote in the United States, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth. Features eye-catching artwork with well-written text in picture book format. For ages 9 to 12.
Check out the public library at HCPLC.org or visit your local branch for more inspirational stories of leaders and trailblazer