Celebrating Women’s History Month for Kids through Resources on Important Women in History
March is Women’s History Month where we pay special attention to women who have broken from the status quo in order to make progress in their fields, improve the lives of women, or simply change the world. However, we can and should celebrate these women and their accomplishments any time! Who are these women? Some women make every list while others are on some lists and not others. If you are looking for a way to create a unit study on important women in history for kids, we are here to help. Check out these resources:
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*Although most of the resources listed here are free, those marked with a $ have a cost or require a fee/subscription in order to access the full range of materials.
Facts about Famous Women in History for Kids
If you are just starting on your exploration of important historical women for kids, you may want to begin with some general resources. These sites provide trends, discuss the groundbreaking achievements of women in certain fields, and highlight the accomplishments of featured women. Try these resources as you begin your unit study:
11 Women Who Did Groundbreaking Things that Men Got the Credit for | HuffPost
“This goes out to all the ladies who’ve ever had their ideas mansplained back to them.” Read about these eleven women who never really got credit for their accomplishments.
20 Famous Women in History for Kids | Lottie
Here are brief summaries, links to biographies, and free printable coloring pages for learning about women like Kim Campbell, first Prime Minister of Canada; Deborah Sampson, American Revolutionary War heroine; and Jeanette Rankin, first woman elected to the US Congress.
4000 Years of Women in Science
Explore this collection of women in science that spans over 4000 years. Read biographies, browse photographs, or use the reference list for further research.
Biographies of Famous Canadian Women
Search through the biographies of famous women leaders across politics and law, entertainment, sports, journalism, and more.
Celebrating America’s Women Physicians
This site “celebrates the lives and careers of some of America’s extraordinary women physicians. Their stories begin in the 19th century. Their impact transcends time. Each woman has a unique story to share.” Learn “about their lives—what inspired them to become doctors, who their mentors were, and why medicine is important to them.”
Early Women in Broadcasting | University of Maryland
“A number of talented women rose to the upper echelons of their fields in the early years of broadcasting. World War II had a significant impact on some women’s opportunities, as many stations on the “home front” found themselves suddenly dependent on female labor. After the war was over, many of these women were able to retain their jobs, or to move on to others in the field, based upon the abilities and the skills that they had acquired.” Read about four of these famous women here.
Featured Angels | My Hero Stories
Enjoy this feel-good collection that uses media “to celebrate the best of humanity.” While there are also men featured on this spot, you will find many, many women and young girls who have been inspirational, affected the lives of others, or even changed the world.
Notable Women of Early America | Varsity Tutors
Featured here are brief biographies of Abigail Adams, Catherine Ferguson, Dolly Madison, Lucretia Mott, Mary Philipse, Molly Pitcher, Betsy Ross, Catherine Sedgwick, Mercy Warren, Martha Washington, Mary Ball Washington, and Phillis Wheatley.
Women and the Holocaust – A Cyberspace of Their Own
For mature students only…. This is a site that is dedicated to the women who were lost or who persevered through the horrific period of the Holocaust. While their bravery needs to be celebrated, the descriptions are graphic, so please avoid sharing with young children.
Women in Aviation History
“Since the Wright Brothers took flight in 1903, women have made a significant contribution to aviation. The following is just a small sampling of the contributions women have made to the field of aviation.”
Women’s History | National Women’s History Museum
This comprehensive site will keep you busy for hours! Browse through biographies, view original documents, enjoy online exhibits, or listen to songs and speeches. You can even set up a virtual field trip.
Some Important Women in History for Kids
Let’s meet some of these game-changing historical women! Included in this list are autobiographies from some of our famous women because what better way to learn about them than through their own words. Perhaps your homeschooler will pick one or two to research, or the two of you may want to jump around and learn a little about each together. Of course, you may also have your favorites or discover a new incredible woman who should be on this list. We couldn’t include them all (and mean nothing by any exclusions!), but please add your ideas in the comments. Here is simply a start:
Abigail Adams | National First Ladies’ Library
Read about this famous homeschooler and first lady, the first to live in the White House. Wife of John Adams, Abigail Adams accomplished much on her own. Find out more here by reading this juvenile/educational biography designed for younger readers.
Ada Lovelace | Computer History Museum
Read about this famous mathematician and “first programmer.” She was the first person “to express the potential for computers outside mathematics.”
Amelia Earhart | This is Amelia: Read the Story of Amelia Earhart (Time for Kids)
Amelia Earhart traveled the world as a child and built her own roller coaster before she was 10. No wonder she was destined to fly! Read her fascinating story here.
Anne Frank | Anne Frank House
Discover the story of Anne Frank during the Holocaust and read about the Secret Annex and her now internationally-known diary.
Catherine the Great | Britannica Kids
Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796, Catherine the Great remains one of the most famous monarchs ever. Read this short biography for kids. For a longer biography for older children, click on “students.”
“Co-founder of the United Farm Workers Association, Dolores Clara Fernandez Huerta is one of the most influential labor activists of the 20th century and a leader of the Chicano civil rights movement.”
“Dorothy Vaughan was a mathematician, a human computer, and an electronic computing pioneer who helped send satellites into space and put the first man on the moon.”
Haben Girma | Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law $
Audiobook Read by Haben Girma (Author)
“Haben defines disability as an opportunity for innovation. She learned non-visual techniques for everything from dancing salsa to handling an electric saw. She developed a text-to-braille communication system that created an exciting new way to connect with people. Haben pioneered her way through obstacles, graduated from Harvard Law, and now uses her talents to advocate for people with disabilities. Haben takes listeners through a thrilling game of blind hide-and-seek in Louisiana, a treacherous climb up an iceberg in Alaska, and a magical moment with President Obama at the White House. Warm, funny, thoughtful, and uplifting, this captivating memoir is a testament to one woman’s determination to find the keys to connection.”
Helen Keller | The Story of My Life $
Audiobook by Helen Keller (Author), Cindy Hardin Killavey (Narrator)
“Before she was two years old, a serious illness destroyed Helen Keller’s sight and hearing. At seven, alone and withdrawn, she was rescued by Ann Sullivan, her teacher and friend. By the time she was 16, Helen could speak well enough to attend preparatory school. Later she went to Radcliffe, from which she graduated with honors in 1904. Enthusiastic and untiring, Helen Keller’s life is deservedly inspirational and stands before all of us as an example of what we can accomplish, given fortitude and purpose.”
Helen Keller | Helen Keller Kids Museum Online
Learn about Helen Keller’s childhood, education, life as a young woman, and work as a champion of the blind and world leader.
Hillary Clinton | Living History $
Audiobook by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Author, Narrator)
“The only First Lady to play a major role in shaping domestic legislation, Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled tirelessly around the country to champion health care, expand economic and educational opportunity and promote the needs of children and families, and she criss-crossed the globe on behalf of women’s rights, human rights and democracy. She redefined the position of First Lady, and helped save the presidency from an unconstitutional, politically motivated impeachment. Intimate, powerful and inspiring, Living History captures the essence of one of the most remarkable women of our time and the challenging process by which she came to define herself and find her own voice – as a woman and as a formidable figure in American politics.”
Hillary Clinton | National First Ladies’ Library
Read about Hillary Clinton’s life as both a first lady and politician in her own right. Discover a timeline, lesson plans, and a bibliography focusing on this famous lady.
Ida B. Wells | Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells $
By Ida B. Wells (Author)
“Ida B. Wells is an American icon of truth telling. Born to slaves, she was a pioneer of investigative journalism, a crusader against lynching, and a tireless advocate for suffrage, both for women and for African Americans. She co-founded the NAACP, started the Alpha Suffrage Club in Chicago, and was a leader in the early civil rights movement, working alongside W. E. B. Du Bois, Madam C. J. Walker, Mary Church Terrell, Frederick Douglass, and Susan B. Anthony. This engaging memoir, originally published 1970, relates Wells’ private life as a mother as well as her public activities as a teacher, lecturer, and journalist in her fight for equality and justice.”
Indira Gandhi | Biography (Mocomi)
“Indira Gandhi was a famous Indian politician and the third Prime Minister of India. She was the daughter of the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawarharlal Nehru. Her charismatic personality and intelligence made her a powerful statesperson and extremely popular amongst the common people.” Read about her life and successes here.
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis| National First Ladies’ Library
Here is a biography of the famous first lady, and you can also find links to a timeline of her life, lesson plans, and a bibliography.
Joan of Arc | Activity Village
Joan of Arc led the French against the English at the age of 17! Learn some fun facts, read a short biography, and then grab some Joan of Arc printables.
Kamala Harris | The Truths We Hold (Young Readers Edition): An American Journey $
Audiobook by Kamala Harris (Author), Robin Miles (Narrator)
“With her election to the vice presidency, her election to the US Senate, and her position as attorney general of California, Kamala Harris has blazed trails throughout her entire political career…. In this young readers edition of Kamala Harris’ memoir, we learn about the impact that her family and community had on her life and see what led her to discover her own sense of self and purpose. The Truths We Hold traces her journey as she explored the values she holds most dear – those of community, equality, and justice. An inspiring and empowering memoir, this book challenges us to become leaders in our own lives and shows us that with determination and perseverance all dreams are possible.”
“Katherine Johnson loved math. Early in her career, she was called a “computer.” She helped NASA put an astronaut into orbit around Earth. And then she helped put a man on the Moon.”
Madam C. J. Walker
“Sarah Breedlove–who later would come to be known as Madam C. J. Walker–was born on December 23, 1867 on the same Delta, Louisiana plantation where her parents, Owen and Minerva Anderson Breedlove, had been enslaved before the end of the Civil War. This child of sharecroppers transformed herself from an uneducated farm laborer and laundress into one of the twentieth century’s most successful, self-made women entrepreneurs.”
“Learn how Malala began her fight for girls—from an education activist in Pakistan to the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate—and how she continues her campaign through Malala Fund.”
Margaret Bourke-White | Portrait of Myself $
By Margaret Bourke-White (Author)
“This is the story of the internationally acclaimed American woman Margaret Bourke-White, who for over thirty years made photographic history: as the first photographer to see the artistic and storytelling possibilities in American industry, as the first to write social criticism with a lens, and as the most distinguished and venturesome foreign correspondent-with-a-camera to report wars, politics and social and political revolution on three continents.”
Margaret Sanger | The Autobiography of Margaret Sanger $
By Margaret Sanger (Author)
“While working as a nurse amid the squalor of New York’s Lower East Side in the early twentieth century, Margaret Sanger witnessed the devastating effects of unwanted pregnancies. Women already overwhelmed by the burdens of poverty had no recourse; their doctors were either ignorant of effective methods of birth control or were unwilling to risk defying the law. Sanger resolved to dedicate her life to establishing birth control as a basic human right. Her battles brought a world of troubles — arrest, indictment, and exile among them — but ultimately she triumphed, opening the first American birth control clinic in 1916 and serving as the first president of the International Planned Parenthood Federation in 1953.”
Margaret Thatcher | Margaret Thatcher: Britain’s ‘Iron Lady’ (Social Studies for Kids)
Great Britain’s first female Prime Minister of Britain, she served for eleven years. Discover her story here.
Marie Curie | Marie Curie and the Science of Radioactivity
Maria Sklodowska-Curie became the first person from Poland to receive a Nobel Prize. She discovered the element radium, which changed the way scientists thought about matter and energy. Read all about her life and accomplishments.
Mary Winston Jackson
“Mary Winston Jackson was an African American mathematician and aerospace engineer at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.” She then became NASA’s first black female engineer in 1958.
Michelle Obama | Becoming $
Audiobook by Michelle Obama (Author, Narrator)
“In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As first lady of the United States of America – the first African American to serve in that role – she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the US and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.”
Michelle Obama | National First Ladies’ Library
Learn about this first lady’s life and accomplishments, and access lesson plans and a bibliography specific for further study of this famous woman.
Mileva Marić Einstein | The Forgotten Life of Einstein’s First Wife
“She was a physicist, too—and there is evidence that she contributed significantly to his groundbreaking science.” Find out about her work and how it was overshadowed by the work of her husband.
Olympe de Gouges | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
The “only woman executed for her political writings during the French Revolution, Olympe de Gouges wrote The Rights of Women, also known as The Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen, in 1791. Learn about her early life, intellectual pursuits, and legacy.
Oprah Winfrey | Kids Fun Facts
What do you know about this famous American female talk show host? Discover 15 fun facts you might not know!
Rosa Parks| Rosa Parks: My Story $
By Rosa Parks (Author), Jim Haskins (Author)
“Rosa Parks is best known for the day she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus, sparking the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott. Yet there is much more to her story than this one act of defiance. In this straightforward, compelling autobiography, Rosa Parks talks candidly about the civil rights movement and her active role in it. Her dedication is inspiring; her story is unforgettable.”
Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights
In this teacher’s activity guide for grades 7-8, “Rosa Parks, ‘The Mother of the Modern-day Civil Rights Movement,’ describes her pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and helps students understand the importance of every individual citizen in a democracy.”
Sacagawea | Lewis and Clark History
Discover information about “the only Native American woman who served as an interpreter and guide for the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805 and 1806.”
Shirley Chisholm | Unbought & Unbossed $
By Shirley Chisholm (Author)
“Unbought and Unbossed is Shirley Chisholm’s account of her remarkable rise from young girl in Brooklyn to America’s first African-American Congresswoman. She shares how she took on an entrenched system, gave a public voice to millions, and sets the stage for her trailblazing bid to be the first woman and first African-American President of the United States. By daring to be herself, Shirley Chisholm shows us how she forever changed the status quo.”
Sojourner Truth | History for Kids
Read about this important advocate for slaves and women. Discover how her life became the basis for her activism.
Sophie Germain | Math’s Hidden Woman (NOVA PBS)
Here is the true story of mathematician, Sophie Germain, “an 18th-century woman who assumed a man’s identity in order to pursue her passion — attempting to prove Fermat’s Last Theorem.”
Valentina Tereshkova | The First Lady of Space: In Her Own Words $
By Valentina Tereshkova (Author)
“Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to travel into space, spending almost three days piloting Vostok 6 in 1963—twenty years before Sally Ride became the first American woman to reach orbit…. She spent almost three days in space, orbiting the Earth 48 times. During this single flight, she logged more flight time than the combined times of all American astronauts who had flown before that date. She became an inspiration to millions of women and was designated a ‘Hero of the Soviet Union.’ Inside is her story, told to us in her own words.”
Books about Extraordinary Women for Kids
Great books can make learning about famous historical women for kids easy. Just drop one of these into your ELA lessons! Read the books, discuss, and then do some writing about a favorite. There are so many choices; here are just a few:
100 Women Who Made History: Remarkable Women Who Shaped Our World $
By DK (Authors)
“Get ready to meet some of history’s wonder women. From super scientists like Marie Curie and Rosalind Franklin to clued-up creatives like Emily Dickinson and J.K Rowling. Celebrate centuries of brave and brilliant women with this visual educational book.”
Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World $
By Cynthia Chin-Lee (Author), Megan Halsey (Illustrator), Sean Addy (Illustrator)
“Twenty-six amazing women; twenty-six amazing stories. From writers to scientists, sports figures to politicians, this diverse collection highlights women who changed the world. Celebrating twenty-six unique voices, visions, and victories, Amelia to Zora, introduces children to the scope of both the struggles and the achievements of women historically and globally. Beautiful and intricate collages bring these women’s stories and message to life in this collection that will bring young readers inspiration in each turn of the page.”
The Book of Awesome Women: Boundary Breakers, Freedom Fighters, Sheroes, & Female Firsts $
By Becca Anderson (Author)
“From the foremothers who blazed trails and broke barriers, to today’s women warriors from sports, science, cyberspace, city hall, the lecture hall, and the silver screen, The Book of Awesome Women paints 200 portraits of powerful and inspiring role models for women and girls poised to become super women of the future.”
Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World $
By Kate Pankhurst (Author)
“Discover fascinating facts about some of the most amazing women who changed the world we live in. Fly through the sky with the incredible explorer Amelia Earhart, and read all about the Wonderful Adventures of Mary Seacole with this fantastic full colour book. Bursting full of beautiful illustrations and astounding facts, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World is the perfect introduction to just a few of the most incredible women who helped shaped the world we live in.” Get the corresponding activity book to make this a real learning experience.
Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women $
By Catherine Thimmesh (Author), Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
“In kitchens and living rooms, in garages and labs and basements, even in converted chicken coops, women and girls have invented ingenious innovations that have made our lives simpler and better. Their creations are some of the most enduring (the windshield wiper) and best loved (the chocolate chip cookie). What inspired these women, and just how did they turn their ideas into realities?”
Her Story: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook Up the World $
By Katherine Halligan (Author), Sarah Walsh (Illustrator)
“In this uplifting and inspiring book, follow the stories of fifty powerhouse women from around the world and across time who each managed to change the world as they knew it forever…. From astronauts to activists, musicians to mathematicians, these women are sure to motivate young readers of all backgrounds to focus not on the can’ts and shouldn’ts, but on what they can do: anything!”
Hidden Figures: Young Readers’ Editions $
By Margot Lee Shetterly (Author)
“This edition of Margot Lee Shetterly’s acclaimed book is perfect for young readers. It’s the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program.”
Hidden Figures: The True story of Four Black Women and the Space Race $
By Margot Lee Shetterly (Author), Laura Freeman (Illustrator)
“Based on the New York Times bestselling book and the Academy Award–nominated movie, author Margot Lee Shetterly and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award winner Laura Freeman bring the incredibly inspiring true story of four black women who helped NASA launch men into space to picture book readers!”
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World $
By Susan Hood (Author)
“In this book of poems, you will find Mary Anning, who was just thirteen when she unearthed a prehistoric fossil. You’ll meet Ruby Bridges, the brave six year old who helped end segregation in the South. And Maya Lin, who at twenty-one won a competition to create a war memorial, and then had to appear before Congress to defend her right to create…. Readers will also hear about Molly Williams, Annette Kellerman, Nellie Bly, Pura Belpré, Frida Kahlo, Jacqueline and Eileen Nearne, Frances Moore Lappé, Mae Jemison, Angela Zhang, and Malala Yousafzai—all whose stories will enthrall and inspire.”
Women in Art: 50 Fearless Creatives Who Inspired the World $
By Rachel Ignotofsky (Author)
“A charmingly illustrated and inspiring book, Women in Art highlights the achievements and stories of 50 notable women in the arts–from well-known figures like painters Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keefe, to lesser-known names like 19th-century African American quilter Harriet Powers and Hopi-Tewa ceramic artist Nampeyo. Covering a wide array of artistic mediums, this fascinating collection also contains infographics about artistic movements throughout history, statistics about women’s representation in museums, and notable works by women.”
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World $
By Rachel Ignotofsky (Author)
“A charmingly illustrated and educational book, New York Times best seller Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world…. The trailblazing women profiled include well-known figures like primatologist Jane Goodall, as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson, the African-American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon.”
Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win $
By Rachel Ignotofsky (Author)
“A richly illustrated and inspiring book, Women in Sports highlights the achievements and stories of fifty notable women athletes from the 1800s to today, including trailblazers, Olympians, and record-breakers in more than forty sports. The athletes featured include well-known figures like tennis player Billie Jean King and gymnast Simone Biles, as well as lesser-known champions like Toni Stone, the first woman to play baseball in a professional men’s league, and skateboarding pioneer Patti McGee.”
Lesson Plans and Activities about Women and Their Accomplishments for Kids
When you want something a bit more structured, you may want to use pre-planned lesson plans and other activities. Luckily, there are plenty of these on the Internet, too. Here are some to get you started:
14 of Our Favorite Women’s History Month Activities | We Are Teachers
This is a goldmine of engaging activities that honors women like Kate Sessions, the tree-loving woman who changed a city, and Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space. Discover resources like a PBS Makers video series and great books about women from history.
Celebrating Great Women in History in March | Time4Learning
Learn about great women in history with activities for various grade levels. Also includes a free printable with related Women’s History Month lesson plans across Time4Learning curriculum.
Celebrate Women’s History Collection | We Teach NYC
Find lessons, tasks and online exhibits, primary sources, activities, interviews, and articles designed to teach your homeschooler about key figures, events, and legislation related to the equal rights movement.
Digital Classroom Resources | National Women’s History Museum
This is a comprehensive collection of resources for you as you plan your lessons. Browse through lesson plans, biographies, primary sources, posters, videos, and more!
First Ladies Lesson Plans | National First Ladies’ Library
Find lots of resources here for teaching about any of America’s first ladies. Search a name and pick an age group. Then let the learning begin!
Top 15 Women’s History Month Activities | TeacherVision
Find lessons and activities to learn about Malala Yousafzai, Susan B. Anthony, Sally Ride and Christa McAuliffe, Nikki Giovanni, and more. Also find book discussion guides to Shaking Things Up and Amelia to Zora, among other activities.
What Did You Do in the War, Grandma?
Not all sheroes are famous throughout the world. Read these stories, written by high school students in Rhode Island, and then have your homeschooler interview a grandmother and write up her story.
Women in World History Curriculum
This is a great site to find educational materials for your middle/high school student. The collection includes lessons, thematic units, biographies, essays, and links to video documentaries and other resources.
Women’s History Month Lesson Plans and Activities | Education World
Try lessons on Honoring the American Woman, activities focused on important women in history, an Internet scavenger hunt or webquest, and more.
Women’s History Month Lesson Plans and Activities: Elementary and Middle School | HMH
Check out these six learning experiences like Power of Persuasion (using the words of Sojourner Truth and Susan B. Anthony) and Lights, Camera, Action! (fusing research and art related to voting rights sheroes, female firsts, and women in STEM).
Women’s History Month Lesson Plans & Resources | Share My Lesson
Find an entire curated collection of related lesson plans, including Women as Aeronauts and Dolores Huerta: A Civil Rights Icon. There are also supporting materials on how to make Women’s History Month relevant and other topics. Just sign up for free access.
Women’s History Quizzes | National Women’s History Alliance
Finish your unit study on Women’s History with these quizzes: Women’s History Month Quiz, Women Who Worked for Peace Quiz, Women in Math and Science Quiz, Test Your Women’s IQ Quiz, Men Who Supported Women’s Rights Quiz, Black Women’s History 40-Question Challenge, and NWHP Women’s Equality Day Quiz.
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