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If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.

-Margaret Fuller

Toni Morrison

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.

-Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

One is not born a woman, one becomes one.

- Simone de Beauvoir

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me.”

- Erma Bombeck

Amelia Earhart

Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there,
firm as weeds among rocks.

- Charlotte Bronte

Anne Frank

And who knows? Somewhere out there in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow in my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the president's spouse. I wish him well.

- Barbara Bush

Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.
-Susan B. Anthony

Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

There are some people who leave impressions not so lasting as the imprint of an oar upon the water.

- Kate Chopin

But history, real solemn history, I cannot be interested in... I read it a little as a duty, but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars or pestilence, in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all -- it is very tiresome"

--Catherine Morland in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey (1817)

Leontyne Price

The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it.

-Eleanor Roosevelt,
July 7, 1941

Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect.

-Margaret Mitchell

Sojourner Truth

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

-Muriel Strode

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.

-Helen Keller

Golda Meir

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.


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Harriet Beecher Stowe

Pain nourishes courage. You cannot be brave if you have only had wonderful things happen to you.

-Mary Tyler Moore

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined he will meet with success unexpected in common hours."

-Henry David Thoreau

Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.

-Ernestine Ulmer

"Wherever groups of women come together to define their own visions..and make connections with other groups of women...we are affirming a network of change. We are building the future."

- Blanche Weisen Cook

Helen Beatrix Potter (1866-1943)

Margaret Mead (1901-1978)

Katharine Graham, Publisher Washington Post

"The true woman is as yet a dream of the future."

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

America's future will be determined by the home and the school. The child becomes largely what it is taught; hence we must watch what we teach it, and how we live before it.

-Jane Addams

We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond.
-Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) Author

Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
-Bette Davis (1908-1989) Actor

Ida B. Wells, the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement
Ida B. Wells (1862-1931)

"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead."

Louisa May Alcott

Elizabeth Coleman
Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman
First African-American female pilot

"We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road - the one "less traveled by" - offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth."

Rachel Carson

"I've learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances."

Martha Washington

World War I Propaganda Posters
World War I Propaganda Posters

"Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels."

"There's two things I've got a right to, and these are Death or Liberty-one or the other I mean to have."
-Harriet Tubman

"If you want a thing done well, get a couple of old broads to do it."
-Betty Davis

"Here woman's empire is within, and here she shines the household star of the poor man's hearth; not in idleness, for in America, prosperity depends on female industry."
-Emily Beavan, Pioneer and Author

"Educate a boy and you educate a man, but educate a girl and you educate a family."
-Adelaide Hunter Hoodless, Educator and Founder of the Women's Institute.)

"In search of my mother's garden I found my own."
Alice Walker, author


Adler, David
A PICTURE BOOK OF SACAGAWEA   [See History for biography and more on Lewis and Clark]

Alexander, Sally Hobart and Robert Alexander
SHE TOUCHED THE WORLD: LAURA BRIDGMAN, DEAF-BLIND PIONEER - Ages 10-12 - When she was just two years old, Laura Bridgman lost her sight, her hearing, and most of her senses of smell and taste. At the time, no one believed a child with such severe disabilities could be taught to communicate, much less lead a full and productive life. But then a progressive doctor, who had just opened the countrys first school for the blind in Boston, took her in. Laura learned to communicate, read, and writeand eventually even to teach. By the age of 12, she was world famous. Audiences flocked to see her, and she was loved and admired by children everywhere. This fascinating and moving biography shows how Laura Bridgman paved the way for future generations of children with disabilities, making possible important advances in the way they would be educated. As a blind person with some hearing loss, Sally Hobart Alexander lends a unique and intimate perspective to this inspiring account. At last, the story of Laura Bridgman can find its long-deserved place alongside those of Louis Braille and Helen Keller. Authors note, source notes, bibliography, index.

Appelt, Kathi
MISS LADY BIRD'S WILDFLOWERS: How a First Lady Changed America [Bio: Lady Bird Johnson]

Ashby, Ruth, Deborah Gore Ohrn
HERSTORY: WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD - 120 biographical sketches of famous and little known women and the forces that shaped their lives.

Atkins, Jeannine
MARY ANNING AND THE SEA DRAGON - Ages 4-8. The girl who found the first sea reptile fossil.
HOW HIGH CAN WE CLIMB?: THE STORY OF WOMEN EXPLORERS (Ages 10-13) [tales of sailors, cavers, mountain climbers, deep-sea divers, and other explorers]

Bauermeister, Erica

Bausum, Ann
When Alice Paul helped design the banners for the National Woman's Party, she suggested three colors: Purple for justice, white for purity of purpose, and gold for courage. Bearing these standards, women took to the streets in parades and picket lines to fight for the cause they passionately believed in: that American women should be allowed to vote.
It may be hard now to believe that there was ever a day in the United States when women weren't allowed to vote. But winning this right was part of a 72-year struggle on the part of thousands of women that finally culminated with the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Ann Bausum gets inside this gripping story with an overview of the larger fight for women's voting rights, from Seneca Falls to state-by-state ballot battles. But it's her special focus on the less well-known story of Alice Paul and her band of unstoppable soldiers for suffrage that makes With Courage and Cloth a real page turner.
--National Geographic 2004

Belton, Sandra
PICTURES FOR MISS JOSIE - Ages 6-10. Celebration of the life of Josephine Carroll Smith, a respected African-American educator responsible for outlining the boundaries for the integration of Washington D.C.

Bolden, Tonya
AND NOT AFRAID TO DARE: THE STORIES OF TEN AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN 9 - 12 - Each story is moving, compelling and an inspiration and role model for our children today. The women featured are: Ellen Craft, Escaped Slave; Charlotte Forten Grimk‚ Teacher; Mary Fields, Pioneer; Ida B. Wells, Journalist; Mary McLeod Bethune, Educator; Clara Hale, Humanitarian; Leontyne Price, Opera Singer; Toni Morrison, Writer; Mae C. Jemison, Astronaut and Jackie Joyner- Kersee, Athlete.

Blair, Margaret Whitman
THE ROARING 20: THE FIRST CROSS-COUNTRY AIR RACE FOR WOMEN [The dramatic true story of the twenty aviatrixes who set off on the first Women's Cross-Country Air Derby. Readers will thrill to the feats of "the roaring twenty," the daredevil pilots who pioneered women's aviation in this 2800-mile race from Santa Monica, California, to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1929.] 10-14 (2006)

Blumenthal, Karen
LET ME PLAY; THE STORY OF TITLE IX, The Law that changed the future of girls in America - Ages 11 Up
Can girls play softball? Can girls be school crossing guards? Can girls play basketball or ice hockey or soccer? Can girls become lawyers or doctors or engineers? Of course they can... today. But just a few decades ago, opportunities for girls were far more limited, not because they weren't capable of playing or didn't want to become doctors or lawyers, but because they weren't allowed to. Then quietly, in 1972, something momentous happened: Congress passed a law called "Title IX," forever changing the lives of American girls.

Borden, Louise and Mary Kay Kroeger
Besse Coleman was born in rural Texas in 1892. She loved school, especially learning about numbers, and she was a good reader, too. Yet when it was time to pick cotton she had to work in the fields instead of going to school. Nevertheless, she was determined to be somebody when she grew up.

In her early twenties, Bessie moved to Chicago. Perhaps there she could "find a bigger life." In the city, Bessie heard many tales of World War I from returned veterans. She also heard there were woman airplane pilots in France. From then on, she was determined to become a pilot. But she soon found out that no one would teach a woman -- especially a woman with dark skin -- how to fly. To study in France was her only chance, and by working hard and saving her money, she managed at last to get there. Bessie Coleman became the first African-American to earn a pilot's license. She was somebody.

Bridges, Ruby
THROUGH MY EYES - Bridges personally recounts her first grade experience as she is escorted by federal marshals; her feeling of being isolated; cruel jeers, racial slurs and death threats; the courage, struggles and support of her family; her student/teacher relationship and the Foundation she created to give back to her community.

Brown, Don

Burleigh, Robert
LOOK UP!: HENRIETTA LEAVITT, PIONEERING WOMAN ASTRONOMER (Ages 4-8) [Henrietta Levitt was the first person to discover the scientific importance of a star’s brightness. She is the female pioneer of astronomy. Henrietta Swan Leavitt was born on July 4, 1868, and she changed the course of astronomy when she was just twenty-five years old. Henrietta spent years measuring star positions and sizes from photographs taken by the telescope at the Harvard College Observatory, where she worked. After Henrietta observed that certain stars had a fixed pattern to their changes, her discovery made it possible for astronomers to measure greater and greater distances—leading to our present understanding of the vast size of the universe. An astronomer of her time called Henrietta Leavitt “one of the most important women ever to touch astronomy.”

Bundles, A'Lelia

Butts, Ed
SHE DARED: True Stories of Heroines, Scoundrels, and Renegades (Ages 10 Up) [Fifteen women who surprised the world-for better or for worse.

Casey, Susan
WOMEN INVENT : TWO CENTURIES OF DISCOVERIES THAT HAVE SHAPED OUR WORLD 9 - 12. Stories of women inventors take the reader on a step-by-step journey through the process of inventing. Women inventors whose ideas have made work easier include Sybilla Masters, who gained an English patent in 1715 for a mill to grind corn, and Josephine Cochran of Illinois who invented the dishwashing machine in 1886, Magdalena Villaruz, a farmer in the Philippines who in 1976 invented a tractor to till rice paddies and more. This book acts as a resource guide as well for contests, international organizations, camps and books.

Chang, Ina
Stirring vignettes from such notables as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Clara Barton, Harriet Tubman, Soujourner Truth, and Louisa May Alcott, as well as portraits of lesser known but equally courageous individuals.

Chin-Lee, Cynthia
AMELIA TO ZORA: 26 WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD - 9-12 - Twenty-six amazing women--twenty-six amazing stories. From Amelia Earhart, pilot and adventurer, to Zora Neal Hurston, writer and anthropologist, learn about the hardships and triumphs that inspired each woman to change the world around her. Detailed collages and illustrations draw from various events in the women's lives. Highly recommend for the diversity of women chosen.

Clinton, Susan Maloney
FIRST LADIES (Cornerstones Of Freedom) 9 - 12

Colman, Penny

Cooney, Barbara
ELEANOR (Eleanor Roosevelt) 4-8
EMILY (Emily Dickinson) 4-8
EMMA (Emma Stern, Artist) 4-8

Corey, Shana

Cummins, Julie
TOMBOY OF THE AIR: Daredevil Pilot Blanche Stuart Scott Ages 8-14
She was the first female to drive an automobile from New York to San Francisco without assistance. She was the first female pilot in the United States, and made the first public flight by a woman in the United States. She performed the lead role in the first silent movie about flying, "The Aviator's Bride." She was the first woman stunt flier.

Danneberg, Julie
AMIDST THE GOLD DUST - Ages 9 Up - Individual biographies in diary format ("creative nonfiction") of Isabella Bird, Margaret Brown, ("unsinkable Molly Brown"), Clara Brown, Nellie Cashman, and Sarah Winnemucca, all of whom appear very different and share a common thread of courage, hardship and perseverance.

Delano, Marfe Ferguson
Helen's Eyes: A Photobiography of Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller's Teacher - Ages 12 up - This is the inspiring photobiography of Anne Mansfield Sullivan, a woman born into a life of daunting disadvantage and social obstacle. She grew up poor, with little education, the child of struggling Irish immigrants. By the age of eight, Annie was almost blind because of untreated trachoma. Following her mother’s death, the young girl entered an almshouse, where she spent four years among the most wretched of society’s outcasts. Her inquiring intellect and determination helped her escape this bleak detention, and she was sent to the Perkins School for the Blind.

Ehrlich, Amy

Faust, Drew Gilpin

Felder, Deborah G.
Who's #1? Eleanor Roosevelt ! Bravo !!! Others in this wonderful book: Lucy, Golda Meir, Joan of Arc, Harriet Tubman, Marie Curie, Susan B. Anthony, Georgia O'Keeffe, Rosa Parks, and so very many more as well as a list of honorable mentions. Every school library should consider this addition.

Fox, Mary V.
THE STORY OF WOMEN WHO SHAPED THE WEST (Cornerstones of Freedom Series) 9 - 12. Influential women who endured hardships, lead by example, endured hardships, support husbands, fought for equal rights. Easy to read, photos and paintings of the period.

Fradin, Judith Bloom and Dennis Brindell Fradin
FIGHT ON!: Mary Church Terrell's Battle for Integration [Co-founder of NAACP/fought for rights and justice for all/against lynching/woman's right to vote/first black judge for the District of Columbia/writer/teacher] [Bio] [Mary Church Terrell House]
JANE ADDAMS: CHAMPION OF DEMOCRACY - Ages 10-14 - Most people know Jane Addams (1860-1935) as the force behind Hull House, one of the first settlement houses in the United States. She was also an ardent suffragist and civil rights activist, co-founding the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the American Civil Liberties Union. But it was her work as a pacifist that put her in the international spotlight. Although many people labeled her “unpatriotic” for her pacifist activities, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 and, at the time of her death, Jane Addams was one of the most respected and admired women in the world.
Zora!: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston was confident, charismatic, and determined to be extraordinary.

As a young woman, Hurston lived and wrote alongside such prominent authors as Langston Hughes and Alain Locke during the Harlem Renaissance. But unfortunately, despite writing the luminary work Their Eyes Were Watching God, she was always short of money. Though she took odd jobs as a housemaid and as the personal assistant to an actress, Zora often found herself in abject poverty. Through it all, Zora kept writing. And though none of her books sold more than a thousand copies while she was alive, she was rediscovered a decade later by a new generation of readers, who knew they had found an important voice of American Literature. (Ages 9 and up)

Frank, Anne

Freedman, Russell
Carefully researched, expertly told, and profusely illustrated with contemporary photographs, here is a moving account of the life of a talented and determined artist who left her mark on musical and social history. Through her story, one of today's leading authors of nonfiction for young readers illuminates the social and political climate of the day and an important chapter in American history. Notes, bibliography, discography, index.

Furbee, Mary Rodd

Gourley, Robbin
BRING ME SOME APPLES AND I'LL MAKE YOU A PIE: A STORY ABOUT EDNA LEWIS - Ages 6-8 - Long before the natural-food movement gained popularity, before greenmarkets sprouted across the United States, Edna Lewis (1916-2006) championed purity of ingredients, regional cuisine, and the importance of bringing food directly from the farm to the table. She was a chef when female chefs---let alone African-American female chefs---were few and far between, and she received many awards for her work. With lyrical text and glorious watercolor illustrations, author/illustrator Robbin Gourley lovingly traces the childhood roots of Edna's appreciation for the bounties of nature. The story follows Edna from early spring through the growing season to a family dinner celebrating a successful harvest. Folk rhymes, sayings, and songs about food are sprinkled throughout the text, and five kid-friendly recipes and an author's note about Edna's life are included at the end.

Gorrell, Gena K.

Greenwood, Barbara
FACTORY GIRL - Ages 9-12 - the fictional story of Emily Watson with factual accounts of the people and events surrounding the urban poor in North American cities in the early 1900s. Child labour was eventually abolished in North America.

Grimes, Nikki
TALKIN' ABOUT BESSIE: THE STORY OF AVIATOR ELIZABETH COLEMAN - Ages 9 Up - Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman (1892-1926), grew up in the segregated South, overcame the obstacles of poverty, racism and gender discrimination to become the first African-American female pilot. This book is told as a series of imagined and interesting monologues with rich watercolor illustrations by E. B. Lewis. [Learn more about Bessie Coleman]

Hansen, Joyce
What was it like to live as a queen in ancient Egypt, or as an Amazon warrior in western Africa? African Princess tells the stories of six remarkable royal women and the eras in which they lived, from 1473 B.C. to the present. Some lived in great luxury; others lived in exile as freedom fighters. The rise of the slave trade and the arrival of European colonists unsettled the entire continent and forced rulers to find ways to govern and protect their kingdoms. Consequently, many of these royal women ruled in extremely difficult times, marked by palace intrigue, foreign invasion, and harrowing adventure.
WOMEN OF HOPE - Ages 8 and Up
Features photographs and biographies of thirteen African-American women, including Maya Angelou, Ruby Dee, and Alice Walker.

Harness, Cheryl
Cheryl Harness briefly introduces readers to 100 distinguished American women. From Virginia Dare, the first English child born in America to Maya Ying Lin the architect of the Vietnam Memorial to Oprah Winfrey, Grace Hopper (math genius and cyber-language inventor) to Madeleine Albright.

Higgins, Helen Boyd
JULIETTE LOW, Girl Scout Founder

Hopkinson, Deborah
I must have been born to play baseball, because Pop says I was only two when I hurled a corncob at an old tomcat chasing my favorite hen.
Dr. Alta Weiss was born and is buried in Berlin, Ohio. She grew up, played baseball on an all-male team, practiced medicine and retired in Ohio. She put herself through medical school (the only female in her class to graduate with a medical degree) with money she earned playing ball. Exception, eccentric, played ball in a skirt…and one of Ohio's Heroes. [Learn More: Baseball Historians   Women in Baseball]

Howe, Jane Moore
Did you know that Amelia Earhart built a roller coaster, rescued neighbors from an angry dog, narrowly averted a high-speed sledding disaster---and all before she graduated from eighth grade? Originally published in 1950, the author, Jane Moore Howe corresponded with Miss Earhart's sister, Muriel, in the course of researching and writing this book in 1949.

Hubbard, Crystal [Interview]
CATCHING THE MOON: THE STORY OF A YOUNG GIRL'S BASEBALL DREAM - If there was anything in the world better than playing baseball, Marcenia Lyle didn't know what it was. As a young girl in the 1930s, she chased down fly balls and stole bases, and dreamed of one day playing professional ball.
With spirit, spunk, and a great passion for the sport, Marcenia struggled to overcome the objections of family, friends, and coaches, who felt a girl had no place in the field. When she finally won a position in a baseball summer camp sponsored by the St. Louis Cardinals, Marcenia was on her way to catching her dream.
Full of warmth and youthful energy, Catching the Moon is the story of the girl who grew up to become the first woman to play for an all-male professional baseball team. Readers everywhere will be inspired by her courage to dream and determination to succeed.

Johnson, Jen Cullerton
Seeds of Change: Wangari's Gift to the World (Ages 6-11) - As a young girl in Kenya, Wangari was taught to respect nature. She grew up loving the land, plants, and animals that surrounded her -from the giant mugumo trees her people, the Kikuyu, revered to the tiny tadpoles that swam in the river. Although most Kenyan girls were not educated, Wangari, curious and hardworking, was allowed to go to school. There, her mind sprouted like a seed. She excelled at science and went on to study in the United States. After returning home, Wangari blazed a trail across Kenya, using her knowledge and compassion to promote the rights of her countrywomen and to help save the land, one tree at a time. Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace brings to life the empowering story of Wangari Maathai, the first African woman, and environmentalist, to win a Nobel Peace Prize. Engaging narrative and vibrant images paint a robust portrait of this inspiring champion of the land and of women's rights.

Kalam, Bobbie
Describes various aspects of the lives of women and girls during the nineteenth century, including their lack of educational opportunities, restrictive clothing, pastimes, courtship and marriage, and limited employment prospects.

Kamma, Anne
IF YOU LIVED WHEN WOMEN WON THEIR RIGHTS (Ages 7-10) - There was a time that girls and women in the United States could not: wear pants; play sports on a team; ride a bicycle; or go to college. In question-and-answer format, this history series tells the exciting story of how women worked to get equal rights with men, culminating in the 19th amendment to the Constitution and giving women the right to vote. Meet the pioneering figures in the movement, including Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, and Alice Paul.

Kent, Deborah
DOROTHY DAY: FRIEND TO THE FORGOTTEN - YA - Biography of Dorothy Day (1897-1980), founder and leader of the Catholic Worker movement.

Ketchum, Liza
INTO A NEW COUNTRY: EIGHT REMARKABLE WOMEN OF THE WEST - Susan Shelby Magoffin (Santa Fe Trail), Lotta Crabtree (Performer), Bridget"Biddy" Mason (born a slave and became wealthy), Bethenia Owens-Adair (First Woman Physician in Pacific NW), Susan and Susette LaFlesche (Omaha Indian sisters/Injustice), Mary McGladery Tape (rights of Asian women), Katherine Ryan (a legend in the Klondike).

Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody
LADIES FIRST: 40 DARING WOMAN WHO WERE SECOND TO NONE - Ages 10 and Up. Ladies First introduces young readers to 40 American women of achievement who were first in their field. A full-page portrait begins each informative three-page profile. The life stories of these women are as inspiring as they are diverse.
The book provides a vital starting point for report writers and researchers, and a rich source of information for fact lovers of all ages.
Who was the first woman to row across the Atlantic? Or to swim the English Channel? Or to graduate from medical school? Who was the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize? And the first to win a Nobel Prize for Literature? Who was the first female African-American self-made millionaire? And the first African-American Poet Laureate? Which American woman became the first to win three gold medals at a single Olympics? Who was the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest? Who was New York's first female firefighter? And who was the first woman to command a U.S. Navy warship?

Kimmelman, Leslie
MIND YOUR MANNERS, ALICE ROOSEVELT! - Alice Roosevelt was an independent, outspoken young woman during a time when women were supposed to be conventional and reserved. Whether it was riding a pig, keeping a pet snake, or driving a car—and speeding!—Alice did what she wanted to. When her father told she had to obey his rules while she lived under his roof, Alice decided to spend her time on top of the roof! A factual and affectionate look at a free spirit who caught the attention of a nation in the early years of the twentieth century. Ages 5-8

Kirkpatrick, Katherine

Krensky, Stephen
SHOOTING FOR THE MOON: The Amazing Life and Times of Annie Oakley - 5-8. Picturebook biography based on Annie Oakley's own writings.
[Annie Oakley Foundation - Photos, Film Clips, Tall Tales and Truths]

Krull, Kathleen
LIVES OF EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN: Rulers, Rebels (And What the Neighbors Thought) Ages 8-12. Twenty brief biographies of women (queens, warriors, prime ministers, first ladies, revolutionary leaders) who have wielded power, their fears and lives.
A WOMAN FOR PRESIDENT: THE STORY OF VICTORIA WOODHULL - Ages 8-10 - Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to do many things: the first woman to own a newspaper, to speak before Congress, and to have a seat on the stock exchange. But her boldest act was announcing herself as the first female candidate for the presidency of the United States in 1872—before women even had the right to vote.
Arguably one of the most revolutionary women in American history, she was many years ahead of her time, braking boundaries. But her presidential campaign, and the backlash it sparked, left her in political ruin and bankruptcy. Amazingly, her name has been practically erased from history.

Lawlor, Laurie
RACHEL CARSON AND HER BOOK THAT CHANGED THE WORLD (Ages 7-10) ["Once you are aware of the wonder and beauty of earth, you will want to learn about it," wrote Rachel Carson, the pioneering environmentalist. Rachel found many adventurous ways to study nature. She went diving to investigate coral reefs and tracked alligators through the Florida Everglades on a rumbling "glades buggy". However, one of the bravest things she did was to write and publish Silent Spring, a book pointing out the dangerous effects of chemicals on the living world. Powerful men tried to stop publication of the book, but Rachel and her publishers persisted, and Silent Spring went on to become the book that woke people up to the harmful impact humans were having on our planet.]

Love, D. Anne
OF NUMBERS AND STARS: THE STORY OF HYPATIA - Ages 6-8 - illustrated biography of the first woman mathematician, mostly for teachers and younger readers but if you’ve always wondered what life was like for a female scholar and teacher in ancient Egypt almost 2,000 years ago.

Macy, Sue
BULL'S-EYE: A PHOTOBIOGRAPHY OF ANNIE OAKLEY (Ages 10 and Up) - Sharpshooter Annie Oakley, a beloved icon of American history, comes to life for a new generation. Born in the backwoods of Ohio, this remarkable woman overcame poverty and abuse to achieve worldwide fame as a daring performer and markswoman. Traveling with Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West show, Annie delighted audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe with her target shooting, trick shots, and horseback riding stunts. Combines lively text, historical photos, and original quotes from Annie herself.
Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) Ages 12 up - Take a lively look at women's history from aboard a bicycle, which granted females the freedom of mobility and helped empower women's liberation. Through vintage photographs, advertisements, cartoons, and songs, Wheels of Change transports young readers to bygone eras to see how women used the bicycle to improve their lives. Witty in tone and scrapbook-like in presentation, the book deftly covers early (and comical) objections, influence on fashion, and impact on social change inspired by the bicycle, which, according to Susan B. Anthony, "has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world."

Marx, Trish
JEANNETTE RANKIN: FIRST LADY OF CONGRESS (Ages 8-11) - "I've been trying to help women have better lives, using the laws we already have. But what if the laws are wrong, or don't go far enough?"
So was the thinking of Jeannette Rankin before she decided to run for Congress, years before most women even had the right to vote.
Growing up a small-town girl in Montana, Jeannette showed courage and initiative, helping to run her family's ranch and daring to go to university at a time when most women did not even finish high school. She was bright and well-educated, but it wasn't until a visit to her brother in Boston -- where she glimpsed the harsh realities that women and children faced in the slums -- that she knew what she wanted to do with her life.
Immediately she got to work, helping in settlement houses and working with orphaned children, but Jeannette wanted to give women the power to better their own lives -- so she shifted her focus to suffrage and ran for Congress. On November 9, 1916, Jeannette Rankin became the first woman to win a seat in the House of Representatives. While in office, she continued her fight for women's rights and also bravely advocated for peace during World War I. Jeannette Rankin was a true pioneer in women's rights and an undeniable force behind the peace movement in America.
In this historical account, Marx's candid text and Andreasen's finely detailed illustrations work together to capture the strength and spirit of one of America's most inspirational leaders.

Matthews, Elizabeth
DIFFERENT LIKE COCO - The rags-to-riches story of Coco Chanel (icon of fashion and culture) plays out in a wonderful picture-book biography that is as full of style and spirit as its heroine is. (Ages 7-10)

McCully, Emily Arnold
MARVELOUS MATTIE: HOW MARGARET E. KNIGHT BECAME AN INVENTOR - Ages 5-8 [With her sketchbook labeled My Inventions and her father’s toolbox, Mattie could make almost anything – toys, sleds, and a foot warmer. When she was just twelve years old, Mattie designed a metal guard to prevent shuttles from shooting off textile looms and injuring workers. As an adult, Mattie invented the machine that makes the square-bottom paper bags we still use today. However, in court, a man claimed the invention was his, stating that she “could not possibly understand the mechanical complexities.” Marvelous Mattie proved him wrong, and over the course of her life earned the title of “the Lady Edison.”]

McClafferty, Carla Killough
SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING: MARIE CURIE AND RADIUM - Ages 10 and Up. Marie Curie’s story has fascinated and inspired young readers decades. The poor Polish girl who worked eight years to be able to afford to attend the Sorbonne in Paris became one of the most important scientists of her day, winning not one but two Nobel Prizes. Her life is a fascinating one, filled with hard work, humanitarianism, and tragedy. Her work with her husband, Pierre – the study of radioactivity and the discovery of the elements radium and polonium – changed science forever. But she is less well known for her selfless efforts during World War to establish mobile X-ray units so that wounded French soldiers could get better care faster. When she stood to profit greatly from her scientific work, she chose not to, making her methods and findings known and available to all of science. As a result, this famous woman spent most of her life in need of money, often to buy the very elements she discovered.
Marie Curie’s life and work are given a fresh telling, one that also explores the larger picture of the effects of radium in world culture, and its exploitation and sad misuse.

McDonough, Yona Zeldis
SISTERS IN STRENGTH: AMERICAN WOMEN WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE [ Pocahontas, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Margaret Mead]

McHenry, Robert , Editor
HER HERITAGE: ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN WOMEN - CD -Recommend for Every School Library. An impressive collection of 1,000 Women who shaped America. Provides an alphabetical list of the women sorted by career or avocation.
The Women
"Her Heritage offers a wonderful diversity of stories -- women who were pioneers and scientists and reformers and soldiers and artists, who overcame, exploited, subverted, or simply ignored social and legal disabilities; and who, even when their names and works had been tucked away out of sight, could be discerned in the lasting changes they effected. And by bringing the technology of multimedia to bear on the task of biographical story-telling, Her Heritage captures the vividness, the here-and-now real-ness of the history these women lived and made."

Meltzer, Milton
From the courage and beauty of Esther (5th century B.C.) to the fierce battle tactics of Boudicca (A.D. c. 62) to the reforming spirit of Catherine the Great (1729-1796), here are ten essays about the personal and political natures of ten queens by an author who has been called "arguably the best writer of social history for children and adolescents ever." Most of these queens were, by today's standards, astonishingly young. Some were schooled to rule, others not. But all were ambitious, passionate, and determined to hold power. And all, in their successes and failures, ideals and compromises, assumptions and privileges, present interesting contrasts with the lives of modern women. Ten Queens was celebrated as a Booklist Editors' Choice, a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, an International Reading Association's Teachers' Choice, and a Bank Street College Best Book, among many other citations.

Montgomery, Sy
Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World (Ages 9-12) - When Temple Grandin was born, her parents knew that she was different. Years later she was diagnosed with autism. While Temple’s doctor recommended a hospital, her mother believed in her. Temple went to school instead. Dr. Temple Grandin is a scientist and professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Her world-changing career revolutionized the livestock industry. This compelling biography complete with Temple’s personal photos takes us inside her extraordinary mind and opens the door to a broader understanding of autism.

Moss, Marissa
BRAVE HARRIET: The First Woman to Fly the English Channel Ages 6-9 - Based on the life of Harriet Quimby, the first American woman to receive a pilot's license and the first woman to fly solo across the English Channel (1912). Her feat was overshadowed by the sinking of the Titanic. [Learn more about Harriet Quimby]   [PBS Chasing the Sun]
She had one pitch -- a wicked, dropping curve ball. But no seventeen-year-old girl could pitch against Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. It was unthinkable. Then on April 2, 1931, the New York Yankees stopped in Tennessee for an exhibition game against the Chattanooga Lookouts. And on that day Jackie Mitchell made baseball history.
--Simon & Schuster 2004
SKY HIGH: THE TRUE STORY OF MAGGIE GEE - One of only two Chinese American Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) to serve in WWII. Based on the true adventures of a girl not bound by gravity, Marissa Moss's stirring story and Carl Angel's brilliant illustrations depict what determination, bravery, and boundless possibilities look like when dreams are allowed to soar sky high. (Ages 6 to 8)

Murphy, Claire Rudolf
MARCHING WITH AUNT SUSAN: SUSAN B. ANTHONG AND THE FIGHT FOR WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE - All Bessie wants is to go hiking with her father and brothers. But it s 1896 and girls don t get to hike. They can t vote either, which Bessie discovers when Susan B. Anthony comes to town to help lead the campaign for women s suffrage. Inspired by the great woman, Bessie becomes involved in the movement and discovers that hiking is only one of the many things that women and girls aren t allowed to do. But small efforts can result in small changes and maybe even big ones.

Ochiltree, Dianne
Molly, by Golly!: The Legend of Molly Williams, America's First Female Firefighter
This legendary tale introduces young readers to Molly Williams, an African American cook for New York City's Fire Company 11, who is considered to be the first known female firefighter in U.S. history. One winter day in 1818, when many of the firefighting volunteers are sick with influenza and a small wooden house is ablaze, Molly jumps into action and helps stop the blaze, proudly earning the nickname Volunteer Number 11. Relying on historic records and pictures and working closely with firefighting experts, Dianne Ochiltree and artist Kathleen Kemly not only bring this spunky and little-known heroine to life but also show how fires were fought in early America. (Ages 7-9)

Olasky, Susan
ANNIE HENRY and The Birth of Liberty (Series of Four Books) 9-12
Daughter of Patrick Henry and her role and life during the American Revolution.

Patrick, Jean L.S.
THE GIRL WHO STRUCK OUT BABE RUTH - Ages 6-9 [1931 Pitcher Jackie Mitchell]

Peavy, Ursula Smith
Out of Print. Check Library.

Pinborough, Jan
MISS MOORE THOUGHT OTHERWISE: HOW ANNE CARROLL MOORE CREATED LIBRARIES FOR CHILDREN (Ages 4-8) [Once upon a time, American children couldn’t borrow library books. Reading wasn’t all that important for children, many thought. Luckily Miss Anne Carroll Moore thought otherwise! This is the true story of how Miss Moore created the first children’s room at the New York Public Library, a bright, warm room filled with artwork, window seats, and most important of all, borrowing privileges to the world’s best children’s books in many different languages.]

Plourde, Lynn
MARGARET CHASE SMITH: A WOMAN FOR PRESIDENT - Margaret Chase Smith was the first woman to run for president on a major party ticket. This biography highlights key moments in her personal and political life. From Smith's humble beginnings to her foray into Congress to her historic decision to run for president, readers will be inspired by the fiesty, independent woman who embodied the qualities upon which this country was founded. A series of thematically organized time lines accompanies the text, providing context for the life of this extraordinary woman. Ages 8-11

Rappaport, Doreen
ELEANOR, QUIET NO MORE- Eleanor Roosevelt was raised in a privileged but stern Victorian household, with an affectionate but mostly absent father and a critical mother who made fun of her daughter's looks. Alone and lonely for much of her childhood, Eleanor found solace in books and in the life of her lively and independent mind. Her intellectual gifts and compassionate heart won her the admiration of many friends -- and the love of her future husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. While other young women of her class were spending time at dances and parties, Eleanor devoted her energies to teaching children in New York City's poorest neighborhoods. Later, she became the most socially and politically active -- and controversial -- First Lady America had ever seen. Ambassador, activist, and champion of civil rights, Eleanor Roosevelt changed the soul of America forever. Ages 8-13.
Check your Library. This may be difficult to purchase. letters, journals, and other writings, American Women spans U.S. history from the times of Anne Hutchinson to Sojourer Truth to today's teenagers. A history of daughters, workers, wives, servants, and achievers, this powerful book canvases all social, economic, and ethnic groups. A 1992 ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
LIVING DANGEROUSLY: AMERICAN WOMEN WHO RISKED THEIR LIVES FOR ADVENTURE - Check your Library. The danger in the title is really their courage and how they overcame obstacles to accomplish their visions. Featured are six women including a diver, a specimen museum collector, a woman pilot, and disabled participant in a marathon. Young Adult

Reich, Susanna

Rex, Kay
YA/Adult - Book is out of print. Check out the website for information.

Rinaldi, Ann
AN UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP: A NOVEL OF MARY TODD LINCOLN AND ELIZABETH KECKLEY - Ages 10 and Up - On the night of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination, his frantic wife, Mary, calls for her best friend and confidante, Elizabeth Keckley, but the woman is mistakenly kept from her side by guards who were unaware of Mary Todd Lincoln's close friendship with the black seamstress. How did these two women--one who grew up in a wealthy Southern home and became the wife of the president of the United States, the other who was born a slave and eventually purchased her own freedom--come to be such close companions?

Rolka, Gail Meyer, Bill Rolka
Concisely written profiles span history and place each woman's accomplishments within the context of the society in which she lived. As a bonus for readers who enjoy trivia and challenges, Rolka includes a trivia quiz and a list of related projects. A time line, locator maps, cross-references, and an index are planned. With those promised additions, the book, while not inclusive, will be a must for women's history collections.

Ross, Lillian Hammer; Illustrator, Kyra Teis

Rossi, Ann
CREATED EQUAL : WOMEN CAMPAIGN FOR THE RIGHT TO VOTE 1840 - 1920 - Ages 9-12 - Begins with the early suffragist movement of the late 19th century, telling of the state of women's rights as they were at the time. Learn about Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and the other women of the Seneca Falls Convention, as well as Susan B. Anthony and Lucy Stone fought long and hard for the rights of women. Braving the turmoil of the Civil War era, these women formed organizations such as the American Equal Rights Association and helped to push for equal rights for not only themselves, but for African Americans as well. The turn-of-the-century saw a growth in the anti-suffragist movement, and new ladies appeared on the scene ready to fight hard for their beliefs. Alice Paul and her contemporaries reinvigorated the suffragist movement and spurred an organized political effort to win the vote. Through protests, parades, journalistic pieces, and even jail sentences, these women pushed the government to pass the 19th Amendment that would give women the right to vote. By 1920, American women across the country were able to vote in a national election for the first time. Illustrated with period photographs, paintings, and drawings. Also included are a glossary and an index.

Rubin, Susan Goldman
THE ANNE FRANK CASE: Simon Wiesenthal's Search for the Truth [Because there were people who believed "The Diary of Anne Frank" was a hoax, renowned Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal set out to find incontrovertible proof that it was authentic.] Ages 10 and up.

Ryan, Pam Munoz

Sabin, Francene

Sills, Leslie
Georgia O'Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Alice Neel, and Faith Ringgold.
VISIONS : STORIES ABOUT WOMEN ARTISTS by Leslie Sills 9-12 Mary Cassatt, Leonora Carrington, Betye Saar, and Mark Frank.
Mary Cassatt, Leonora Carrington, Betye Saar, and Mark Frank

Schroeder, Alan

Sirch, Willow Ann

Sullivan, George
BERENICE ABBOTT PHOTOGRAPHER: AN INDEPENDENT VISION (Ages 12 and Up) - One theme repeatedly crops up in the life and career of Berenice Abbott: her refusal to be defined by other people's expectations. Spurning traditional roles for women of her era, she lived a bohemian life among other artists in New York's Greenwich Village and Paris, and embarked upon a career in what was then a male-dominated field. Decades later, her photographs are celebrated as some of the most authentic images of a city ever captured on film, and she is remembered not only as a master American photographer but also as a teacher, writer, inventor, and photographic archivist. [Links to her work]

Stauffacher, Sue
NOTHING BUT TROUBLE: THE STORY OF ALTHEA GIBSON Everyone agrees: her mama, her daddy, her teacher, even the policeman. But when Buddy Walker, the play leader on Althea's street in Harlem, watches her play paddle tennis, he sees something more: pure possibility. Buddy buys Althea her very own stringed tennis racket, and before long, she's on her way to becoming a great athlete - and to proving that she's more than just trouble.
Althea Gibson (1927-2003) was the first African American ever to compete in and win the Wimbledon Cup. Sue Stauffacher's lively text, paired with vibrant paintings by artist Greg Couch, captures the exuberance, ambition, and triumph of this remarkable woman. (Ages 7-10) [LEARN MORE about ALTHEA]

Stone, Tanya Lee
ALMOST ASTRONAUTS: 13 WOMEN WHO DARED TO DREAM [They had the right stuff. They defied the prejudices of the time. And they blazed a trail for generations of women to follow. What does it take to be an astronaut? Excellence at flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, top physical shape — any checklist would include these. But when America created NASA in 1958, there was another unspoken rule: you had to be a man. Here is the tale of thirteen women who proved that they were not only as tough as the toughest man but also brave enough to challenge the government. They were blocked by prejudice, jealousy, and the scrawled note of one of the most powerful men in Washington. But even though the Mercury 13 women did not make it into space, they did not lose, for their example empowered young women to take their place in the sky, piloting jets and commanding space capsules. ALMOST ASTRONAUTS is the story of thirteen true pioneers of the space age.] Ages 10 up.

Tchana, Katrin

Tucker, Sherrie
Swing Shift: "All-Girl" Bands of the 1940s - Adult. What Ken Burns left out in JAZZ, you'll find in SWING SHIFT. This is a detailed historical archive of the "All-Girl" bands (over 100 of them) of the WWII era who have been forgotten or considered too insignificant to be recorded in history.

Van Allsburg, Chris
QUEEN OF THE FALLS [At the turn of the nineteenth century, a retired sixty-two-year-old charm school instructor named Annie Edson Taylor, seeking fame and fortune, decided to do something that no one in the world had ever done before—she would go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel.]

Van Rynbach, Iris
The Taxing Case of the Cows: A True Story About Suffrage (Ages 6-9) - Almost 100 years after the American Revolution, Abby and Julia Smith were fighting against taxation without representation. Women hadn't been given the vote, and the Smith sisters refused to pay an unfair property tax that they had no voice in establishing. When the authorities confiscated their cows, the Smiths bought them back at auction, thus paying what they owed without paying their taxes. The cows were seized at tax time for a number of years, and the Smiths' stand attracted the attention of women's suffrage supporters across the country. Lively, carefully researched illustrations bring this historical episode vividly to life. Authors' note, bibliography.

Waal, Carla, Barbara Oliver Korner(Editors)

Wadsworth, Ginger
FIRST GIRL SCOUT - THE LIFE OF JULIETTE GORDON LOW (Ages 9 and up) - 2012 celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts. Juliette (Daisy) Gordon Low was a remarkable woman with ideas that were ahead of her time. She witnessed important eras in U.S. history, from the Civil War and Reconstruction to westward expansion to post–World War I. And she made history by founding the first national organization to bring girls from all backgrounds into the out-of-doors. Daisy created controversy by encouraging them to prepare not only for traditional homemaking but also for roles as professional women—in the arts, sciences, and business—and for active citizenship outside the home. Her group also welcomed girls with disabilities at a time when they were usually excluded. Includes author’s note, source notes, bibliography, timeline, places to visit, the Girl Scout Promise and Law, and musical notation for the favorite scout Song “Make New Friends.”

Walker, Sally M.
THE 18 PENNY GOOSE 4 - 8 - The Fear of War and a pet named Solomon. The story takes place during the War for American Independence.

Weatherford, Carole Boston
BECOMING BILLIE HOLIDAY [Before the legend of Billie Holiday, there was a girl named Eleanora. "Life in Poems" of the great jazz singer. Afterword, biographies, references, further reading and listening] Ages 13 up. Beautifully done.

Wetterer, Margaret K.
KATE SHELLEY AND THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS - Ages 6-9 [1881 story of courage]

Whitaker, Suzanne George
The Daring Miss Quimby (Ages 5-9) [the first woman in the United States to earn her pilot's license. The first woman to fly across the English Channel.]

Winter, Jonah
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx/La juez que crecio en el Bronx - Before Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor took her seat in our nation's highest court, she was just a little girl in the South Bronx. Justice Sotomayor didn't have a lot growing up, but she had what she needed — her mother's love, a will to learn, and her own determination. With bravery she became the person she wanted to be. With hard work she succeeded. With little sunlight and only a modest plot from which to grow, Justice Sotomayor bloomed for the whole world to see.

Woelfle, Gretchen
Write On, Mercy: The Secret Life of Mercy Otis Warren (Ages 8 up) [Growing up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Mercy Otis Warren was fortunate to go to school with her brother. When she married Patriot James Warren, Mercy wrote in secret—poetry, plays, and about the events of her time. She wrote of the people she knew, including George Washington and John and Abigail Adams. It wasn’t until Mercy was older that her literary life became known, with the publication of her three-volume history of the American Revolution. This is the first picture-book biography of an intrepid woman chronicler. End pages include a time line of Warren’s life, a note about the “separate spheres of influence” of men and women of that period, and a painting of Warren by John Singleton Copley.]

Yolen, Jane
SEA QUEENS: WOMEN PIRATES AROUND THE WORLD (Ages 9-13) - Throughout the ages, women from all classes and walks of life turned to pirating out of necessity, desperation, or greed. Acclaimed author Jane Yolen examines the contradictions of these bold women's lives and times. Meet Artemisia, the admiral-queen of Persia in 500 BC; Grania O'Malley, the Irish "pirate queen" who challenged Queen Elizabeth I's British ships; Madame Ching, who sailed the South China Sea in the early 1800s; and then other female pirates on their ships, in battle, and in disguise.


Abigail Adams (1744-1818) - America's First Women's Rights Leader and wife of John Adams, the second president of the United States.
Jane Addams - (1860-1935) Pioneer Social Reform (Hull House)
Priscilla Mullins Alden - Mayflower passenger in 1620 to Plymouth
Mary Anning - (1799-1847) The girl who found the first sea reptile fossil.
Jane Austen (1775-1817) First Modern Novelist
Susan B. Anthony - Woman's Suffrage
Mary Astell (1668-1731) Author, A Serious Proposal to the Ladies (1694)
Clara Barton (1821-1912) Founder, The American Red Cross
Aphra Behn (1640-1689) [The Aphra Behn Society] - First woman to entirely support herself through writing. Political activist, early abolitionist, involved in a slave rebellion in the West Indies. Author of Oroonoko (first novel to illustrate the atrocities of slavery) She had 17plays produced in 17 years, wrote thirteen novels before Defoe's Robinson Crusoe.
Sarah Bernhardt - (1844-1923), Victorian Actress
Sophia Hayden (Bennett) (1868-1953) Frist Female MIT Graduate Architecture
Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910 ) First woman Doctor of Medicine in America
Amelia Bloomer (1818-1894) - Women's Rights - Publisher
Belle Boyd (1843-1900) - Isabella (Belle) Boyd, Confederate spy and confidante of Gen. Stonewall Jackson. Made honorary major by President Lincoln.
Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)- America's First Published Women Poet
Nellie Bly (1865-1922) Journalist
Frances "Fanny" Burney d'Arblay (1752-1840) - Mother of the English novel: Evelina (1778), Cecelia, Camilla, The Wanderer or Female Difficulties. Diary spans 72 years.
Martha Jane Canary Burk "Calamity Jane"
Rachel Carson - writer, scientist, and ecologist
Catherine the Great(l762-1796) Russian Empress
Mary Cassat (1844-1926) American Impressionist Painter
Shirley Chisholm (1924-) Congresswoman
Jacqueline Cochran (1912 - 1980) - held more speed, altitude, and distance records than any other male or female pilot in aviation history.
Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman (1892-1926) - First African-American female pilot
Marie Curie (1867-1934) Polish-French chemist and physicist
Virginia Dare - (1587 - unknown) - Colonist. First English child born in America
Dorothy Day (1897-1980) - Founder and leader of the Catholic Worker movement
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) - Poet
Amelia Earhart - Aviator [Thinkquest]
Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910) - Author, Teacher, Publisher, Christian Science Monitor
Maria Wright Edelman - First African-American admitted to Bar/Children's advocate
Gertrude Belle Elion - co-winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize for medicine
Ella Fitzgerald (1918-1996) Jazz Singer
Anne Frank Diary Chronology
Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) Author, teacher, women's rights advocate
Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 - 1653) - first woman to paint major historical and religious artwork.
Sophie Germain (1776-1831) Revolutionary Mathematician
Charlotte Perkins Gilman- (1860-1935) - Women's Movement
Katherine Graham - Publisher Washington Post
Sarah Josepha Buell Hale (1788-1879)] - writer, poet, author of "Mary Had a Little Lamb"
Lillian Hellman ( -1984) Author, Playwright
Anita Hill - Law Professor and Clarence Thomas Controversy
Julia Butterfly Hill - Ecologist's two-year vigil to save "Luna" a Redwood Tree.
S. E. Hinton - Author
Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (1910 - 1994) - Chemist, Crystallographer, Humanitarian
Billie Holiday ( -1959) "Lady Day" Jazz Singer
Grace Murray Hopper (1906-1992) Pioneer in Computer Science
Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) Afriican-American anthropologist, folkorist, writer, member Harlem Renaissance movement.
Joan of Arc (1412-1431) Martyr and military heroine [LEARN MORE]
Judith Leyster (1609-1660) Master Dutch Painter
Sybil Ludington (1761-1839) The Female Paul Revere
Maria Goeppert-Mayer (1906-1972) 1963 Nobel Prize for Physics
Catherine Macauly (1731-1791) Author, Letters on Education (1790); Catherine Macauly on the education of girls - (friend and correspondent with George Washington)
Barbara McClintock (1902 - 1992) - 1983 Nobel Prize in Genetics
Margaret Mead (1901-1978) Anthropologist
Golda Meir (1898-1978) Israel's Third Prime Minister
Maria Mitchell (1818-1889) Frst professional woman astronomer in America.
Toni Morrison - 1993 Nobel Laureate in Literature [see also]
Carry Nation - (1846-1930) Prohibitionist Reformer
Annie Oakley (1860-19__) - Frontier woman and scout
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (1929-1994)
Rosa Parks (1913- ) American social activist
Alice Paul (1885-1977) - Women's Suffrage - Founder, National Woman's Party
Mary Pickford (1892-1979) - First Lady of Silent Films
Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) Author, Illustrator, Farmer, Preservationist
Eliza Lucas Pinckney (1722-1793) First important agriculturalist of the United States
Rosie the Riveter - Honoring American Women's Labor in WWII
Edith Nourse Rogers (1881-1960) political leader/legislator
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) Humanitarian, First Lady, Diplomat
Eleanor Roosevelt - The American Experience PBS
Betsy Ross (1752-1836) - sewer of the First American Flag [Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia]
Wilma Rudolph - Athlete
Sacajawea (1789-1812?) Lewis and Clark Expedition
Deborah Sampson (1760-1827) America's First Woman Soldier
Sanger, Margaret (1879-1966) Founder of the Birth Control Movement.
Olive Schreiner (1855-1920), Author, Feminist
Clara Schumann (1819-1896) child prodigy, piano virtuoso.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) - Suffragist Women's Movement- Women's Right Speech
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), Author, "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
Mother Teresa (1910-1997) Humanitarian
Margaret Thatcher (1925- ) First elected European woman prime minister
Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) American abolitionist
Harriet Tubman - Underground Railroad
Christiane Nuesslein-Volhard - 1995 co-winner Nobel Prize for medicine
Madam C. J. Walker (1867-1919) - Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Social Activist. Black laundress who founded a cosmetics company and became the first female self-made millionaire in the United States.
Ida B. Wells: Crusade for Justice (anti-lynching), a founding member of NAACP, journalist
Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784) - First African-American to be published.
Emma Hart Willard (1787-1870) - "Pioneering the Education of
Young Women"
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762) - One of the first women political journalists, introduced smallpox vaccination to England.

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Women's Stories site: Fascinating facts, little-known anecdotes, and provocative quotations from the week's famous and infamous women, all in a quick-read format with links toadditional resources and a free weekly newsletter. Some of the women you'll know; some you won't -- all are remarkable.


Women in Congress - Brief biography of all women who have served or are currently serving in the House of Representatives with links to Women's Suffrage and the 19th Amendment and Women's Suffrage Pictures, 1850-1920.

The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences

British History 1700-1920: The Emancipation of Women - Biographies

Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

The First Ladies Collection: Biographies ( Collection of Books)

The Journal of Women's History. The first journal devoted exclusively to the international field of women's history.

Past Notable Women of Computing & Mathematics

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1830-1930

National Women's History Project - "History looks different when the contributions of women are included."

Women in Architecture

American Maid: Growing Up Female in Life and Literature - CURRICULUM UNITS

Women's History in America Presented by Women's International Center - Link of Biographies

Women in Aviation   [See also: WASP of WWII


Women in Philosophy

Women in Mathematics

Biographies - Alphabetical Index of Women Mathematicians

Biographies - Distinguished Women of Past and Present

Celebration of Women Writers - By Author, Century, Country

Female Frontiers - NASA - Combines the resources of the NASA Quest projects Women of NASA, Space Team Online and Learning Technology Channel, all of which are devoted to bringing the People and Science of NASA into the classroom. Includes: Profiles of Frontier Women - "Firsts"

Distinguished Women - Search by Field of Activity


American Women's History Research Guide - American Indian Women, Asian American Women, Civil War, Education, Farm Work and Life,Sexuality, Women in Medicine,Women's Rights,World War II

Women In World History Curriculum - Link Resources

NOT FOR OURSELVES ALONE, a film by Ken Burns and Paul Barnes [PBS].
Experience the work of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony—at home or in the classroom. Track key events in the suffrage movement, delve into historic documents and essays, and take a look at where women are today.

National Museum of Women's History

NATIONAL WOMEN'S HALL OF FAME - Catalog, Women's History Organizations and Network and U.S. Women's History Links.

100 Years: Women In Sports - USA Today.

MY HERO - Read about artists, explorers, scientists, teachers,etc.

Top 25 Women on the Web

"The thirst for equality can express itself either as a desire to draw everyone down to one's level,
or to raise oneself and everyone else up."
—Friedrich Nietzsche


You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along."...You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
--Eleanor Roosevelt

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