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Honoring Women in History—March

Collage of Famous Women in History
Collage of Famous Women in History

March is Women’s History Month. Do you know the name of a woman astronomer who discovered a comet in 1847? Who was the first woman Indian Chief to lead the Cherokee Nation? Who fought for a woman’s right to vote?

We’ve pulled together some interesting titles about women activists, leaders, poets, and individuals who conquered remarkable odds to improve society.

First, to answer our question about a woman astronomer.  Maria Mitchell (1818–1889) was an astronomer who discovered a comet, which was named after her, on October 1, 1847. She was the first woman elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1850) and the first professor of astronomy at Vassar College. Check out these titles on the search term astronomy.

Why do you think we should study women’s history?  Join us on Facebook and Twitter for a discussion about these incredible women. Enjoy!

Helen Keller – Children’s Book

Biography of a deaf-blind girl who became a famous writer. The book was guided by Time Magazine’s list of 100 most influential people. It includes a glossary, timeline, and illustrations.

Susan B. Anthony – Children’s Book

Biography of an early leader in the campaign for women’s rights.

American Heroes – Grade 3 NIMAC Textbook

Textbook available to U.S. public K-12 schools and organizations for use with students with IEPs.

Wilma Mankiller – Adolescents and Adults

Wilma Mankiller was the first woman in modern history to lead a major Native-American tribe, the Cherokee Nation (1945 – 2010). She tells her story (her political awakening came during the 1970 occupation of Alcatraz Island), interwoven with the complex history of the Cherokee Nation.

Madeleine Albright – Adolescents and Adults

Madeleine Korbel Albright was the first woman to ever hold the office of U.S. Secretary of State. Sworn into office in January 1997, she made headlines around the world.

Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Life of America’s First Poet – Adolescent and Adults

An illuminating biography of Anne Bradstreet, the first writer and the first bestseller to emerge from the wilderness of the New World.

Women’s History for Beginners – Adolescents and Adults

History books have blurred, glossed over, or omitted the roles of women in many events throughout history and the progression of world cultures. What is women’s history? Is it the history of sex or gender?

Women’s History—Refocusing on the Past – Adolescents and Adults

A mix of primary source documents, articles, and illustrations on Women’s America.

Image of Eleanor Roosevelt with a headset on speaking into a microphone.
Image of Eleanor Roosevelt with a headset on speaking into a microphone.

Also, check out these titles about or by Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, one of our amazing first ladies in the U.S., holding the post from 1933 to 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms in office. President Harry S. Truman once called Mrs. Roosevelt the “First Lady of the World” in tribute to her human rights achievements.

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