March is Women’s History Month, and throughout the month, schools, community organizations, and cultural institutions across New York, the U.S., and around the world celebrate and acknowledge the historical and societal accomplishments made by women from all walks of life. Women’s History Month provides us the opportunity to recognize both the barriers that have been broken by women over the years as well as the obstacles affecting women that have yet to fall.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, many City schools have organized events, activities, and lessons to highlight some of the countless women who sacrificed their time, their energy, and in some cases, their lives, for the rights that we enjoy today. To help support this valuable instruction, we put together the following list of books and websites that anyone, including students and teachers, can reference, study, read, and enjoy throughout March and beyond.
If you have further book and/or website suggestions, please leave them the comments below!
- Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
- Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World by Cynthia Chin-Lee
- Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Bake You a Pie: The Story of Edna Lewis by Robbin Gourley
- Firebird by Misty Copeland
- Girls Who Rocked the World by Michelle Roehm McCann and Amelie Welden
- Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
- Grace for President by Kelly S. DiPucchio
- The House That Jane Built: A Story About Jane Addamsby Tanya Lee Stone and illustrated by Kathryn Brown
- I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy
- Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol
- Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words by Karen Leggett Abouraya
- Me… Jane by Patrick McConnell
- Molly, By Golly! The Legend of Molly Williams, Americas First Female Firefighter by Dianne Ochiltree
- Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
- Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh
- Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
- The Watcher by Jeanette Winter
- Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
- Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx by Sonia Manzano
- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
- Full Cicada Moonby Marilyn Hilton
- The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
- Girls Think of Everything by Catherine Thimmesh
- Her Story: A Timeline of Women Who Changed America by Charlotte Waisman
- Hidden Figures (Young Readers’ Edition) by Margot Lee Shetterly
- I Am Malala (Young Readers’ Edition) by Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick
- The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist by Margarita Engle
- Madame President: The Extraordinary, True (and Evolving) Story of Women in Politics by Catherine Thimmesh
- Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! by Kate Schatz
- Rad Women Worldwide by Kate Schatz
- Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
- Sojourner Truth: Preacher for Freedom & Equality by Suzanne Slade
- Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky
- Women of Hope: African American Women Who Made a Difference by Joyce Hansen
High School Grades
- Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper
- Fight Like a Girl: 50 Feminists Who Changed the World by Laura Barcella
- Girls Like Us by Gail Giles
- Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
- Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
- My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King & Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds
- Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
- Rainbow in the Cloud: The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou by Maya Angelou
- The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
- Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers on Community by Heid E. Erdrich & Laura Tohe
- Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
The Library of Congress’ Women’s History Month page: http://womenshistorymonth.gov/
The U.S. Library of Congress’ official website for Women’s History Month contains a trove of primary sources and accompanying lessons, courtesy of the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Art Gallery, and the National Park Service.
(Ed. Note: As of this article’s publication, the Women’s History Month website is temporarily offline. Please check back later)
The National Women’s History Project page: http://www.nwhp.org/
This site provides educational materials regarding the historical contributions that women have made throughout history in all facets of life, including science, government, literature, art, sports, and medicine.
PBS Learning Media page: http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/the-womens-movement/
This page is a great resource for teachers of middle and high school students regarding the two waves of the Women’s Movement. Parents and students (grades 6—12) who are looking to learn more about the Women’s Movement will find plenty of value on this site, as it contains a great collection of videos that provide various perspectives about this monumental social moment in U.S. history.
Reading Rockets Booklist: http://www.readingrockets.org/articles/books/c383
Need more book suggestions for K—2 readers? Check out this site.
NYC Department of Parks and Recreation’s “Women’s History & Parks” webpage: https://www.nycgovparks.org/about/history/women
This website contains information about the many City parks and monuments that honor some of history’s most important women. Additionally, this page links to the Parks Department’s “Events” page, where you can search for Women’s History Month-themed events that are taking place across the City throughout March.