Books for Women’s History Month

By Luis Diaz | March 5 2021 | General

March is Women’s History Month, which recognizes the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields. Beginning as “Women’s History Week,” a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California in 1978, the movement spread across the country as other communities initiated their own Women’s History Week celebrations the following year. To learn more, click here.

We’d like to take the opportunity to highlight a selection of titles on extraordinary women to be shared with and read by your students all year long.

 

Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers

This volume for young people is an honest and fascinating account of Michelle Obama’s life led by example. She shares her views on how all young people can help themselves as well as help others, no matter their status in life. She asks readers to realize that no one is perfect, and that the process of becoming is what matters, as finding yourself is ever evolving.

 

The Hill We Climb

On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration. Taking the stage after the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden, Gorman captivated the nation and brought hope to viewers around the globe. Her poem “The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country” can now be cherished in this special edition.

 

Feminism Is…

It didn’t just start with #MeToo. Today’s feminism is more diverse than ever before and asks all kinds of questions. Combining insightful text with graphic illustrations, Feminism Is…tackles topics including intersectionality, the gender pay gap, the male gaze, and mansplaining.

 

With Her Fist Raised

The first biography of Dorothy Pitman Hughes, a trailblazing Black feminist activist whose work made children, race, and welfare rights central to the women’s movement.

 

The Genius of Women

Even in this time of rethinking women’s roles, we define genius almost exclusively through male achievement. When asked to name a genius, people mention Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Steve Jobs. As for great women? In one survey, the only female genius anyone listed was Marie Curie. Janice Kaplan set out to determine why the extraordinary work of so many women has been brushed aside. Using her unique mix of memoir, narrative, and inspiration, she makes surprising discoveries about women geniuses now and throughout history, in fields from music to robotics.

 

Sabrina & Corina

Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s magnetic story collection breathes life into her Latina characters of indigenous ancestry and the land they inhabit in the American West. Against the remarkable backdrop of Denver, Colorado—a place that is as fierce as it is exquisite—these women navigate the land the way they navigate their lives: with caution, grace, and quiet force.

 

My Beloved World

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.


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Women’s History Month Titles for Middle School Students

Women’s History Month Titles for High School Students


 

Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers
978-0-593-30374-0
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Michelle Obama’s worldwide bestselling memoir, Becoming, is now adapted for young readers.
$18.99 US
Mar 02, 2021
Hardcover
432 Pages
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Grade 5 & Up

The Hill We Climb
An Inaugural Poem for the Country
978-0-593-46527-1
Amanda Gorman’s powerful and historic poem “The Hill We Climb,” read at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, is now available as a collectible gift edition. “Stunning.” —CNN  “Dynamic.” —NPR “Deeply rousing and uplifting.” —Vogue
$15.99 US
Mar 30, 2021
Hardcover
32 Pages
Viking Books
Grades 6-12 + AP/IB

Feminism Is...
DK
978-1-4654-7955-6
"This book is something I wish I could have read when I was younger." --Roxane Gay, from the foreword of Feminism Is...
$12.99 US
Feb 12, 2019
Paperback
160 Pages
DK Children
Grades 6-12

With Her Fist Raised
Dorothy Pitman Hughes and the Transformative Power of Black Community Activism
978-0-8070-0889-8
The first biography of Dorothy Pitman Hughes, a trailblazing Black feminist activist whose work made children, race, and welfare rights central to the women's movement.
$25.95 US
Jan 19, 2021
Hardcover
176 Pages
Beacon Press
Grades 9-12 + AP/IB

The Genius of Women
From Overlooked to Changing the World
978-1-5247-4423-6
Now in Paperback: We tell girls that they can be anything, so why do 90 percent of Americans believe that geniuses are almost always men? New York Times bestselling journalist Janice Kaplan explores the powerful forces that have rigged the system--and celebrates the women geniuses past and present who have triumphed anyway.
$17.00 US
Feb 16, 2021
Paperback
352 Pages
Dutton
Grades 9-12 + AP/IB


My Beloved World
978-0-345-80483-9
The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.
$16.95 US
Jan 07, 2014
Paperback
432 Pages
Vintage
Grades 9-12 + AP/IB