10 Inspiring Books to Celebrate Remarkable Women for Women’s History Month

Women's History Month Books

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March is Women’s History Month, and now is the perfect time to brush up on some of the most important females the world has ever seen. Traditionally, women have a long history of being left out of history books—despite their accomplishments and amazing stories. Luckily, things are changing. In recent years, creative publications have shed light on these incredible people through engaging stories and pictures.

Authors and illustrators are working together to bring women’s history to life. There are a bevy of books available through places like Amazon, so how do you choose? We’re here to help; we’ve selected 10 books that will both feed your creative soul and highlight remarkable women. Some are geared towards adults while others are books that people of all ages will love. Regardless of what you choose, you’ll come away with a better understanding of who these women are, and you'll be inspired by their intelligence and tenacity.

Scroll down for our picks of creative books to celebrate Women’s History Month. If you have a Kindle device, you’re in luck—many of these books are available through the e-reader, too. Through Kindle Unlimited, you have unlimited access to over a million ebooks that can be read on any device.

Celebrate Women's History Month with these creative books that bring remarkable ladies' stories to life.

Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women by Catherine Thimmesh

Girls Think of Everything, originally published in 2000 but updated in 2018, features innovations by a variety of women inventors. Each chapter features problems and their creative solutions that have changed (or will change) the world. One profile, for instance, includes Azza Abdelhamid Faiad, an Egyptian teen who figured out a way to turn recycled plastic into fuel.


Women Who Dared: 52 Stories of Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers, and Rebels by Linda Skeers

Women have always been adventurers, daredevils, and rebels, but they’re rarely referred to in those ways in the history books. This compilation features brief biographies of ladies who risked their lives for the thrill of it, like Annie Edson Taylor—the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.


I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy

Get to know Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in this picture book about her life. It tells her story through the lens of her famous dissents or disagreements.


Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Author and illustrator Vashti Harrison tells the story of 40 trailblazing black women who broke down racial and gender barriers to make it possible for future generations to achieve their dreams.


Herstory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook Up the World by Katherine Halligan

Who shook up the world? These women and girls did! This book celebrates 50 inspiring women by sharing the basic facts of their lives and their overall significance in women’s history.


Art of Feminism: Images that Shaped the Fight for Equality, 1857-2017 by Lucinda Gosling, Hillary Robinson, and Amy Tobin

Art of Feminism pulls back from writing about the individual to offer a comprehensive international survey of feminist art. Some of the more than 350 works include posters of the Suffrage Atelier, the art of Judy Chicago, and the “living sculptures” of Sethembile Msezane.


Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotosky

Interested in science? Author and illustrator Rachel Ignotosky highlights the contributions of fifty notable women in the STEM fields, from the ancient past to the modern world.


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Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! by Miriam Klein Stahl

This children’s book, geared towards grades five and up, profiles 26 American women from the 18th through the 21st century. The people included run the gamut in professions, from artists to teachers to lawyers to athletes and beyond. In addition, women of differing economic and ethnic backgrounds are featured to make this an inclusive portrait of trailblazers in the US.


Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order) by Bridget Quinn

One of the most glaring omissions of women in history is through art. Broad Strokes offers corrections to these oversights. Art historian Bridget Quinn shares the lives of 15 female artists, from 1600 to the present, in a way that’s both educational and a joy to read.


Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World by Ann Shen

There are 100 women in the now iconic Bad Girls Throughout History book. Many you might have heard of, like Marie Curie who was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. But there are others—like Aphra Behn, the first female professional writer—who have flown under the radar. Get to know them all through illuminating words and striking watercolor portraits.


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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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