Fifty percent of the population.
Give or take, there are so many women in the world, women who work, raise families, care for others, paint and create and dance. So this month – the month of women’s history – why not celebrate those who wrote, researched, and made changes?
You know how much you love a really good book, so look for this: Bookish Broads by Lauren Marino, illustrated by Alexandra Kilburn.
Through dozens of mini biographies, Marino gives readers new insights into some old favorites: Toni Morrison, Agatha Christie, Hildegard von Bingen, Carson McCullers, Harper Lee, and even the authors of several beloved children’s classics. There’s scandals here and a little bit of criticism, and to add to the fun, Marino lets readers know where the magic happened, why some women wrote under pseudonyms, and why they were important to anyone who loves literature, and you receive recommendations for reading the best works by these authors.
If you’re more adventurous, Jayne Zanglein’s The Girl Explorers is a book you should find. When Roy Chapman Andrews, president of the Male-Only Explorers Club, said in 1932 that women were “not adapted to exploration,” he underestimated a group of women who went out to prove him wrong. These women formed the Society of Woman Geographers, which is a bit wrong as they and the members of the organization were explorers, lawyers, scientists, historians, and navigators who did almost everything Andrews’ group did, and lots more. They made changes – not just in this country, but all over the world, sometimes working in dangerous ways with other cultures and in corners that needed a strong voice and someone to go all possible ways.
This is a triumphant book full of history and stories that modern readers may not see. Fix that little loophole and find this book.
And finally, remember: this is the month of women’s history after all. So reach for “The Women’s History of the Modern World” by Rosalind Miles, a book that lands somewhere in the middle of the above two books. This step takes a step back in time to contemplate the bold actions of our foremothers and brings us into the modern age, touching all aspects of life: exclusively female military, abolitionists and freedom fighters, women on and off the screen and behind the big screen camera, guides, communicators, and a host of women who opposed patriarchy in many places throughout history. This book is humorous at times, but it also delves into serious territory, with stories that will leave readers gasping and other anecdotes as outrageous as they are angry.
It’s the kind of book you’d want to share with your older teen, especially if that teen is a budding feminist. It’s also the type of book that makes you want to look for more information.
And that’s the nice thing about a month like this: there is always more to learn, more and more women who are valued for their rebellion and their revolutionary actions. Pick up these three books to get started. You will love them 100%.