March has been declared Women’s History Month to recognize and celebrate the role of women in our nation’s history. Family history researchers have an especially difficult but rewarding task of finding records of female ancestors. After compiling details of their lives and sharing the information with family members, we must often take other measures to inspire our children and grandchildren to appreciate the impact of female ancestors.
One way to help loved ones gain that appreciation is to take them to museums, historic sites and areas where female ancestors lived. Another approach is to buy or check out library books that are about women who have achieved success in spite of tremendous odds.
Until the early 1900s, girls rarely had the opportunity for higher education. A book that illustrates the difficulties that still persist in many parts of the world is “I am Malala,” an autobiography by Malala Yousafzai. At age 15, she was shot by Taliban gunmen as she studied at a school in Pakistan.
Since that time, she has traveled the world encouraging girls to seek education. At the age of 17, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her courage and extraordinary efforts. The book has a young readers edition.
Another great book is “The Name Jar,” written by Yangsook Choi, who as a child immigrated to America from Korea. It is written for children 3 and older. Choi’s book describes the problems she faced and overcame as she started a new school in a new country. Her book helps children explore a different culture and learn the importance of being kind and respecting others.
Kate Pankhurst has written a book “Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World.” Her book is for children 5 and older.
Another super book is “I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark,” by Debbie Levy and Elizabeth Baddeley. This book tells of Ginsburg’s struggles as she fought discrimination and tried to find a job after graduating from law school. The book is recommended for third-graders and older.
“Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” is recommended for children ages 5 and older. The book, written by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, has 100 true stories of successful women from many cultures and nations. Sixty women from around the world provided the illustrations.
Another interesting book is titled “Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II” by Liza Mundy.”
A book that reveals the struggles of hundreds of women in the late 1800s and early 1900s is “Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier” compiled by Joanna L. Stratton. The author included firsthand accounts that illustrate the courage of female immigrants, Indians, circuit riders, homesteaders, teachers and others. This book will appeal to older children and adults.
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