Do you include women’s history as a part of your history curriculum? Contributions made by women is a passion of my teen, so I do what I can to make sure our history studies include this important component.
One way I accomplish it is through words – women’s own words, as well as those written about them, especially those found in living books.
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Here are a few of our favorite books.
Books Celebrating Women and Their Place in History
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone
Everyone knows about our country’s first astronauts, the Mercury 7, but not as many are familiar with the capable women who wanted to be among their ranks. The Mercury 13 fought NASA, Washington, the media, as well as the astronauts to have a place in history. Although they never made it in to space, they made it possible for the women who followed them.
Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women by Catherine Thimmesh
Even if your child isn’t an inventor herself, she’ll enjoy reading about the many, important inventions women created that continue to be a part of our lives today.
Did you know that Title IX granted girls equal access to sports, as well as college admissions and financial aid? This books shares the uphill battle many faced making it possible for our girls to fulfill their dreams.
Starting with A and moving through to Z, this book profiles 26 women. It includes some familiar names, however, I’m pretty sure you’ll be introduced to some new heroes as well.
This is a great book for discovering more about how women stepped up in large numbers to help their families and our country during World War II.
The road toward the 19th Amendment was long and hard-fought. This book examines this important part of our country’s history. You’ll find plenty of recognizable names, plus read about some of the young women who took over the movement as the years wore on.
Get Inspired by Women’s Words
I love introducing my girls to the thoughts of important women.
In fact, recently, my teen decided to make her own quote cards, highlighting the words of some of her favorite American women. You can see how she did it over on Enchanted Homeschooling Mom. This is a simple way to surround your child (or yourself) with powerful thoughts.
Here are some other resources we use to study women’s history.