“It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union.” ─ Susan B. Anthony
Women and girls, take note. It’s our month! “Our History Is Our Strength” is the theme of this year’s observation of Women in History Month. So let’s celebrate by learning more about those daring women who had the strength to break down barriers and made a difference in our everyday lives. Take a look at these picture book biographies of women in politics and women who helped to shape our country.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s fight for equal rights and the right for women to vote is told in Elizabeth Leads the Way written by Tanya Lee Stone and illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon.
Eleanor, Quiet No More written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Gary Kelley tells how Eleanor Roosevelt learned to speak out for what she believed in and her fight for rights for all people no matter what their color or religion.
Victoria Woodhull may not be as well-known as other women in history, but in A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull written by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by Jane Dyer we find out about a truly amazing woman. Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for president, have a seat on the New York stock exchange, speak before Congress, and own her own newspaper.
Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, was not one sit back and do nothing. Abigail Adams written and illustrated by Alexandra Wallner tells how Abigail supported the American Revolution, spoke out against slavery, and spoke for equal rights for women.
Sacagawea written by Lise Erdrick and illustrated by Julie Buffalohead is about the life of a young Shoshone girl who had strength and courage and who acted as an interpreter and guide for Lewis and Clark and their expedition through the West.
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, a Caldecott Honor book, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Kadir Nelson and is a lyrical telling of Harriet Tubman’s daring escape from slavery to freedom and her frequent return to slave territory to bring her family and others to freedom.
Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney is another lyrical story about a slave who escaped to freedom and felt it was her job to speak out against slavery and unfair treatment of black people and women.
Fly High! The Story of Bessie Coleman written by Louise Borden and Mary Kay Kroeger and illustrated by Teresa Flavin is about a young woman’s determination to be the first African-American woman to get a pilot’s license and become a successful stunt pilot. She was somebody, and she took advantage of her celebrity status, telling young African-Americans they could be somebody, too.
In Independent Dames written by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Matt Faulkner, Anderson tells of the many women and young girls who played key roles in our country’s fight for independence.
Check these and other picture book biographies in your library, and be sure to check my blog on Friday for more exciting books about Women in History!