Recommended Reads for Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month is a space for recognizing progress, celebrating those who have inspired and influenced the growth of women’s rights in the past and now, and a reminder that we can still do more to empower women and girls.

Because there is simply so much history about women from around the world, the below list is only a sampling of books that adults and kids may enjoy! Please visit your local bookstore’s website or offerings for other recommendations and resources.

Biographies, Nonfiction, and Fiction for Adults

My Own Words | Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mary Hartnett, Wendy Williams

It would be a mistake to not mention Ruth Bader Ginsburg in this list, but of the many books written about her, which is the best to read? My Own Words was written with Ginsburg, and has cultivated praise for its transparency and thoroughness, however it’s worth noting the widely-loved The Notorious RBG is also a great option.

We Should All be Feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Adichie’s TEDxTalk of the same name was released in a book format in 2017. In it, you’ll find a definition of feminism, and how awareness, inclusion, and politics feed into the subject. This book is a quick read and provides numerous, accessible examples to fuel introspection.

Of Women and Salt | Gabriela Garcia

This book is a highly anticipated novel (Release date 3/30/21, Flatiron Books), that follows a family as they battle addiction, family relationships, and identity. Key features of this book include women of color dealing with issues of culture, immigration, and generational divide.

Difficult Women | Roxane Gay

Renowned for her precise and visceral portrayal of women in conflicts internal and external, Gay has set up even more worlds for readers to immerse themselves in with Difficult Women. Though this book is not tied to a historical event, it is a good collection for readers interested in short, impactful fiction about women from all backgrounds. For readers interested in essay collections, Gay’s Bad Feminist has also received widespread recognition for its perusal of subjects such as politics, culture, and feminism.

 

For Kids

Women in Science 50 Fearless Pioneers who changed the World | Rachel Ignotofsky

Women in Art 50 Fearless Creatives who Inspired the World | Rachel Ignotofsky

These two books profile a series of influential women around the world in the respective subjects. Ideal for kids and younger children, this collection introduces bite-sized amounts of history and inspiration with each story.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls | Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

This is a collection of “fairy tale” style stories about women in history. It and its second version have been curated to include current and past icons, and pairs each story with an illustration by a female artist.

Other Resources

Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The gender snapshot 2020: Highlights the latest progress on gender equality, compiled by UN Women.

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