Happy Women’s History Month! What a wonderful time to highlight and celebrate the groundbreaking contributions women have made to our world. From being pioneers in several fields to careers as inventors, authors, athletes and so much more, women have made a tremendous impact in society, and continue to do so to this day. It’s never too early to learn about how women have shaped the course of history, showing courage, wisdom, and empowerment.
So how did it all start? Women’s History Month began in Sonoma, California in 1978. The local school district planned a weeklong celebration to honor women’s contributions. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter declared the week of March 8th as International Women’s Week. After a petition from the National Women’s History Project, an organization known as the only clearinghouse providing information and training in multicultural women’s history, Congress expanded the celebration to the entire month of March in 1987.
If you’re looking for some empowering books to enjoy with your child for Women’s History Month, here’s a curated selection of illustrated reads by and about a diverse set of amazing women. You’ll also want to check out our post on picture books by Toni Morrison!
Which picture books look appealing as you create your child’s Women’s History reading list? Let us know which ones you choose and if you have any other favorites!