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31 Days of 31 Women - Celebrating Women's History Month by Reading!

31 Books on Women throughout History
Bad Girls of the Bible - Higgs, Liz Curtis

"Ten of the Bible's best known femmes fatals parade across the pages of Bad Girls of the Bible with situations that sound oh-so-familiar."

Queen of the Negro Leagues: Effa Manley and the Newark Eagles - Overmyer, James

"In a time when White men dominated the ranks of sports executives, Effa Manley was a trailblazer. A hardheaded business woman derided as a mere "glamour girl", she turned the Newark Eagles into the pride of the local community."

I Am Malala: the Girl who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban - Yousafzai, Malala, with Christina Lamb

"When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education."

Helen Keller: a life - Herrmann, Dorothy

"Helen Keller couldn't hear, couldn't see, and, at first, couldn't speak. Three decades after her death in 1968, she has become a symbol of the indomitable human spirit, and she remains a legendary figure."

Grace Hopper: Admiral of the Cyber Sea - Williams, Kathleen Broome

"When Grace Hopper retired from the U.S. Navy as a rear admiral in 1986 at the age of seventy-nine, she was the oldest serving officer in all the armed forces. A mathematician by training and a pioneer in computer science, the eccentric and outspoken Hopper helped propel the navy into the computer age."

Soaring Above Setbacks: the Autobiography of Janet Harmon Bragg - Kriz, Marjorie

"The first African American woman to earn a full commercial pilot's license, Janet Harmon Bragg led a life of multifaceted achievement. Not only a pioneering aviator but also a successful businesswoman, she owned and operated two nursing homes on Chicago's South Side for nearly three decades and traveled extensively in Africa.

The Warrior Queens: The Legends and the Lives of the Women Who Have Led Their Nations in War - Fraser, Antonia

"Time and time again, from earliest history to the present, one nation or another has watched with a mixture of awe, horror and jubilation as a Warrior Queen has emerged from the midst. These prodigies--cutting across the entrenched male view of women as weak, helpless and born to be ruled, and woman's own equally powerful vision of herself as ordained peacemaker..."

The Book of Gutsy Women - Clinton, Hillary Rodham and Chelsea Clinton

"Ensuring the rights and opportunities of women and girls remains a big piece of the unfinished business of the twenty-first century. While there's a lot of work to do, we know that throughout history and around the globe women have overcome the toughest resistance imaginable to win victories that have made progress possible for all of us."

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rose Parks - Theoharis, Jeanne

"Presenting a corrective to the popular notion of Rosa Parks as the quiet seamstress who, with a single act, birthed the modern civil rights movement, Theoharis provides a revealing window into Parks’s politics and years of activism."

Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero - Larson, Kate Clifford

"Drawing from a trove of new documents and sources as well as extensive genealogical research, Larson reveals Tubman as a complex woman - brilliant, shrewd, deeply religious, and passionate in her pursuit of freedom. The descendant of the vibrant, matrilineal Asanti people of West Africa's Gold Coast, Tubman was born into slavery on the Eastern Shore of Maryland but refused to spend her life in bondage."

The Girl with a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague - Mosca, Julia Finley

"After touring a German submarine in the early 1940s, young Raye set her sights on becoming an engineer. Little did she know sexism and racial inequality would challenge that dream every step of the way, even keeping her greatest career accomplishment a secret for decades."

A Picture Book of Harriet Beecher Stowe - Adler, David A.

"Author of instant bestseller "Uncle Tom's Cabin," Harriet Beecher Stowe dared to expose the horrors of slavery at a time when the American public was finally ready to acknowledge this terrible injustice."

Miss Paul and the President: The Creative Campaign for Women's Right to Vote - Robbins, Dean

"Alice Paul set out to make a change. And make a change she did! When she was a child, she saw her father go off to vote while her mother had to stay home. But why should that be? She studied the Constitution and knew that the laws needed to change."

A Is for Awesome!: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World - Chen, Eva

"Why stick with plain old A, B, C when you can have Amelia (Earhart), Malala, Tina (Turner), Ruth (Bader Ginsburg), all the way to eXtraordinary You--and the Zillion of adventures you will go on?"

Damsels Not in Distress: The True Story of Women in Medieval Times - Hopkins, Andrea, Ph.D.

"The image of the damsel in distress is rampant in medieval literature. In fact, as shown in this fascinating book, women were participants in the culture of the time. They were often heads of noble households, and played an active role in the church and in industry."

Who Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? - Anderson, Kristen

"On June 26, 2018, twenty-eight-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a bartender from New York City, became the youngest woman ever elected to serve on Congress. Her win shocked the political world and she became a celebrity overnight."

Who Is Greta Thunberg? - Leonard, Jill

"When she was just fifteen years old, Greta Thunberg knew she wanted to change the world. With a hand-painted sign that read School strike for the climate in Swedish, Greta sat alone on the steps of the Swedish parliament to call for stronger action on climate change."

Aunt Clara Brown: Official Pioneer - Lowery, Linda

"In 1859, former slave Clara Brown headed for Colorado to start a new life. She also hoped to find her daughter, who had been sold as a little girl. While spreading the word about her daughter, Clara worked hard and grew rich. After the Civil War, she used her wealth to help freed other slaves."

Claudette Colvin Refuses to Move: Courageous Kid of the Civil Rights Movement - Wilkins, Ebony Joy

"It's March 2, 1955, and an ordinary 15-year-old girl from Montgomery, Alabama is about to do something extraordinary. When a white bus driver orders Claudette Colvin to give up her seat for a white passenger, she refuses to move. After Claudette is arrested, her brave actions help inspire Civil Rights leaders organize bus boycotts and perform similar acts to defy segregation laws."

Ida B. Wells: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement - Fradin, Dennis Brindell

"Born a slave in 1862, Ida B. Wells went on to become one of our nation's earliest civil rights leaders. She helped found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and fought for women's voting rights. In 1892, Ida began a crusade that would prove to be her main life's work."

The Woman's Hour: Our Fight for the Right to Vote - Weiss, Eline

"This adaptation of the book Hillary Clinton calls "a page-turning drama and an inspiration" will spark the attention of young readers and teach them about activism, civil rights, and the fight for women's suffrage--just in time for the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. Includes an eight-page photo insert!"

Clara Barton and Her Victory Over Fear - Quackenbush, Robert

"Clara Barton was painfully shy as a child, too timid even to ask for a new pair of gloves. Yet she over-came her fears to serve the needs of others and to become the founder of the American Red Cross."

Standing on Her Shoulders - Clark-Robinson, Monica

"A stunning love letter to the important women who shape us -- from our own mothers and grandmothers to the legends who paved the way for girls and women everywhere."

Michelle Obama: An American Story - Colbert, David

"In just a few generations, Michelle Obama's family has blazed a path from a slave cabin to the White House. Michelle's confidence, grace, and warmth are gifts from her parents: a courageous father who battled a severe disability yet never stopped working, and a mother who showed Michelle how to excel at school whole following her heart."

Diana: The People's Princess - Owings, Lisa

"Chronicles the life of the Princess of Wales, covering her youth, her marriage to Prince Charles, her life as a mother and as royalty, and her death in a car accident."

Joan of Arc - Stanley, Diane

"She was a child of wartime, for her country had long suffered under the twin horrors of invasion and civil war. At thirteen she began to hear the voices of saints. At seventeen she rode into battle and was proclaimed the savior of France. By nineteen she was dead--burned at the stake as a heretic."

Sacagawea - DeKeyser, Stacy

"Sacagawea, a Shoshone Indian, was the only woman to participate in Lewis and Clark's expedition to find the Northwest Passage, a water route that was supposed to connect the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Sacagawea proved herself to be invaluable to the expedition, which was called the Corps of Discovery."

Marie Curie: The Woman Who Changed the Course of Science - Steele, Philip

"When she was a girl in Poland, Marie Curie dreamed of becoming a scientist. However, in Poland women weren't even allowed to go to universities. Determined to succeed, she became the first woman to study physics at the University College of Paris."

A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon - Slade, Suzanne

"The inspiring true story of mathematician Katherine Johnson--made famous by the award-winning film Hidden Figures--who counted and computed her way to NASA and helped put a man on the moon!"

Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice - Grimes, Nikki

"When Kamala Harris was young, she often accompanied her parents to civil rights marches—so many, in fact, that when her mother asked a frustrated Kamala what she wanted, the young girl responded with: “Freedom!”"

Shooting Star: Annie Oakley, the Legend - Dadey, Debbie

"Maybe it's truth, or maybe it's legend. But folks say that there wasn't anything that Annie Oakley couldn't shoot, from the flame on a candle to the center of a playing card. And -- Yee Haw -- she was just warming up for the hard stuff!"


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