Since 1987 there have been congressional and presidential proclamations every year that designate the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” There are numerous websites that deal with this very important celebration of women’s history, but these two are the most useful:
- Library of Congress’ Women’s History Month Site
- National Women’s History Project Site (Their theme this year is “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives”, which makes a book post even more appropriate!)
Just as I mentioned in my Black History Month post, you will inevitably get questions from students asking, “Why is there a Women’s History Month but no Men’s History Month?”
And just as you responded to them in February, tell them again that these special months are meant to highlight marginalized, underrepresented groups of people. Ask them who they usually see in their history books. Ask them who comes to mind when they think of a famous person from history. They will be surprised when white men are usually the people they see and name.
Tell them history was made by all types of people, and that their contributions were just as (and sometimes even more) important. Hence, Black History Month and Women’s History Month.
When you put together a list of books for Women’s History Month, make sure that you include books about all types of women that represent many races, religions, colors, ages, etc. If you have any books about transgender women, this would be a great opportunity to introduce them.
Here is a sample of list of books that are available in my library that you may find useful! Most of these are for younger students, as that is the population I serve. It is easy to find a chaptered biography in a library, but introducing these people to younger readers can be a challenge. Hopefully, these help!
- When Marian Sang by Pam Muñoz Ryan — (Marian Anderson, jazz singer)
- The Daring Nelly Bly by Bonnie Christensen — (Nellie Bly, reporter)
- America’s Champion Swimmer by David A. Adler — (Gertrude Ederle, swimmer and activist)
- Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming — (Amelia Earhart, pilot)
- Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? by Tanya Lee Stone — (Elizabeth Blackwell, doctor)
- Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull — (Wilma Rudolph, Olympic runner)
Happy Women’s History Month!