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Trixie Friganza was a popular comedic actress who used her fame and resources to support women’s rights in New York throughout the early twentieth century.

March is Women’s History Month, and all month long, schools, community organizations, and cultural institutions are celebrating the diverse historical and societal accomplishments made by women across the U.S and around the world. Women’s History Month provides us with the wonderful opportunity to recognize both the barriers that have been broken by women over the years as well as the obstacles that have yet to fall.

NYC Schools Are Celebrating Women's History Month All Throughout March

In celebration of Women’s History Month, many City schools have organized events, activities, and lessons to highlight the contributions women have made throughout history and continue to make 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 all year long.

If you have further book and/or website suggestions, please leave them the comments below!

“Women’s history is women’s right—an essential, indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, courage, and long range vision.” – Gerda Lerner


Elementary Grades (K–5)


  • Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome, art by James Ransome
  • The Flying Girl: How Aída de Acosta Learned to Soar by Margarita Engle, art by Sara Palacios
  • Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2 by Francesca Cavallo & Elena Favilli
  • Hand Over Hand by Alma Fullerton, art by Renné Benoit
  • Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly, art by Laura Freeman
  • Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol
  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
  • Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai, art by Kerascoët
  • Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez
  • Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
  • The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World by Susan Hood
  • She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History by Chelsea Clinton, art by Alexandra Boiger

51qo0bv-onl-_sx329_bo1204203200_Middle Grades (6–8)

  • Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
  • Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz & Renée Watson
  • Escape from Aleppo ny N.H. Senzai
  • First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  • Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar
  • NeverMoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
  • Strong is the New pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves by Kate T. Parker
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  • Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win by Rachel Ignotofsy

51mo-i8hpbl-_sx329_bo1204203200_High School Grades (9–12)

  • Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Chasing Light: Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer by Amanda Lucidon
  • The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  • Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World by Kelly Jensen
  • Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung
  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 4: Girl-Moon by Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare, art by Natacha Bustos
  • Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
  • We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
  • When Morning Comes by Arushi Raina
  • Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk


  • The Library of Congress’ Women’s History Month page
    • 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.
  • The National Women’s History Project page
    • 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
    • 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
    • Need more book suggestions for K—2 readers? Check out this site.


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