I must confess, I'm very ashamed at how few of these magnificent women I have heard about before writing this article. Thanks Georgia public school system — I
vividly remember "celebrating" Christopher Columbus, but not all of these women, and I'm so glad I got to learn about them today. So many women have done pretty incredible things, and they need to be taught, celebrated, and shared. Make sure your kid doesn't end up like me, and be sure to read at least one of these 20 picture books that celebrate women around the world with them just in time for Women's History Month. Women's History Month is celebrated the entire month of March, and it was started as a local week-long celebration in Santa Rosa, California back in 1978 according to womenshistory.org. Then, after Women's History Week celebrations started popping up around the United States (as they should have), "in 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980, as National Women’s History Week," the website noted. In 1989, Congress authorized March to be Women's History Month. And there was much rejoicing.
To supplement what your kids will hopefully be learning in school (unlike my classmates and I did back in the '90s/'00s), these amazingly beautiful, educational, and fun picture books will be perfect for bedtime (or anytime) reading to celebrate these women who have done so much for the world.
1 'Rad American Women A – Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!' by Kate Schatz 2 'I Am Michelle Obama: The First Lady' by Margina Graham Parker is the story of our former first lady through the eyes of a young girl who wants to be just like her. Her story shows how women can be powerful and get things done, and that she's more than just a fashion icon and beauty. I Am Michelle Obama 3 'Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story Of Elizabeth Blackwell' by Tanya Lee Stone 4 'Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead' by Michelle Markel 5 'Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History' by Vashti Harrison
Tell your kids the stories of 40 trailblazing black women who did extraordinary things by picking up a copy of
These women were heroes, role models, and strived to make the world a better place for all women. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History. 6 'Buffalo Bird Girl: A Hidatsa Story' by S.D. Nelson
Buffalo Bird Woman was a Hidatsa Indian born around 1839, and this beautiful picture book tells her story.
tells Buffalo Bird Woman's story about what it was like to be a part of the Native American community of which she was a part, and how even though it was a difficult life at times, she still found good in the every day. Buffalo Bird Girl 7 'Malala: Activist for Girls' Education' by Raphaele Frier is a gorgeously illustrated rendition about the young female activist who stood up to the Taliban and fought for girls to have the right to an education. Malala: Activist for Girls' Education 8 'Are You an Echo?' by Misuzu Kaneko
Children's poet Misuzu Kaneko's poems are breathtakingly illustrated in this picture book collection of her works.
tells Kaneko's life story in addition to her poetry, which has been recently discovered just in time to "touch a new generation devastated by the tsunami of 2011," the book description noted. Are You An Echo? 9 'Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker' by Patricia Hruby Powell
Famous performer and civil rights activist Josephine Baker's story is magically told in the picture book
Your child will learn more about Josephine's impressive story of growing up in the "slums of St. Louis" and working her way up to performing on the biggest stages in the world. Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker. 10 'She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story' by Audrey Vernick 11 'Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity' by Sarah Suzuki
Yayoi Kusama is a visionary artist whose most famous vision was of the world and everything on it being covered by polka dots.
tells her eccentric story about how her work will not be complete until the entire world (to infinity and beyond) is covered in her dots. Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity! 12 'Molly By Golly!: The Legend of Molly Williams, America’s First Female Firefighter' by Dianne Ochiltree 13 'Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race' by Margot Lee Shetterly
Hopefully you've read the book and seen the incredible movie by now, but this version of
is perfect for little listeners to learn about the story of how these four black women contributed to science, space exploration, and aeronautics, all while dealing with segregation, racism, and sexism in the workplace. Hidden Figures 14 'Mae Among the Stars' by Roda Ahmed
Mae Jemison was the first black woman to travel in space, and this picture book,
was inspired by her captivating story. Mae Among the Stars, 15 'Dolores Huerta: A Hero To Migrant Workers' by Sarah Warren
Dolores Huerta was an extraordinary teacher who fought for fair and safe workplaces for migrant workers when she noticed her students were starving, and had no shoes.
tells her inspiring story through beautiful watercolor and pastel illustrations. Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers 16 'Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette Daisy Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure' by Shana Corey 17 'Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909' by Michelle Markel 18 'Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos' by Monica Brown tells the story of iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's life through her animal friends. Fitting, because she reportedly loved animals and always surrounded herself with them. Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos 19 'Maya Lin: Artist – Architect of Light and Lines' by Jeanne Walker Harvey
One of my most favorite trips I ever took as a kid was to Washington, D.C. to see all the memorials and the museums. Even as an 11-year-old, I remember how struck I was by the intense Vietnam Veterans Memorial in its vastness and simple elegance.
is the story of the artist behind this memorial, Maya Lin, starting with her childhood and leading up to her executing her vision for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines 20 'I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark' by Debbie Levy
And you can't have an article about powerful female role models without including the original RBG, am I right?
is the first picture book of the Supreme Court Justice's life, highlighting her lifetime of standing up for what's right for people everywhere, and arguing against inequality. I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsberg Makes Her Mark