In March, we recognize Women’s History Month. It’s purpose is to highlight the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Here are some books you can find in our library about significant women throughout time.
Before She Was Harriet – Lesa Cline-Ransome
A lush and lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman, written in verse to honor a woman of humble origins whose courage and compassion make her larger than life.
Bloom – Kyo Maclear
By the 1930s Elsa Schiaparelli had captivated the fashion world in Paris, but before that, she was a little girl in Rome who didn’t feel pretty at all.
Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code
A children’s biography of Grace Hopper, who played a prominent role in the early days of computers.
I Dissent – Debbie Levy
Traces the achievements of the celebrated Supreme Court justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, through the lens of her many famous acts of civil disagreement against inequality, unfair treatment, and human rights injustice.
Josephine – Patricia Hruby Powell
A portrait of performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world.
Malala’s Magic Pencil – Malala Yousafzai
As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for.
Shark Lady – Jess Keating
At 9 years old, Eugenie Clark developed an unexpected passion for sharks after a visit to the Battery Park Aquarium in New York City. At the time, sharks were seen as mindless killing machines, but Eugenie knew better and set out to prove it.
The Legendary Miss Lena Horne – Carole Boston Weatherford
Surveys the life of the actress and Civil Rights activist, describing her childhood, early years in Vaudeville, and achievements as the first African American actress to be offered a studio contract.
The World is Not a Rectangle – Jeanette Winter
A biography of architect Zaha Hadid, who grew up in Baghdad and went on to design buildings all over the world.
The Youngest Marcher – Cynthia Levinson
Presents the life of nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks who became the youngest known child to be arrested for picketing against Birmingham segregation practices in 1963.