Women's History Booklist

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Book recommendations pertaining to Women in History.


See also: Women's Suffrage


Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Mulan: Before the SwordLin, Grace2020MG
UMG
Early Civilization400AsiaChinaMulan
Han Dynasty
Mythology
FCB
Women of Colonial America: 13 Stories of Courage and Survival in the New WorldMiller, Brandon Marie2016YA
A
Enlightenment1600-1750North AmericaUnited StatesColonial AmericaNF
Bio
B
Finding WondersAtkins, Jeannine2017MGEnlightenment1647-1889Europe
North America
Great Britain
United States
Paleontology
Astronomy
Entemology
Women in Science
NFCB
Hour of the WitchBohjalian, Chris2021AEnlightenment1662North AmericaUnited StatesWitch TrialsFN
My Name is Phillis WheatleyCooper, Afua2021MGAge of Revolutions1753-1784North AmericaUnited StatesPhillis Wheatley
Slavery
NF
Bio
CB
Independent DamesAnderson, Laurie Halse2008LE
MG
Age of Revolutions1765-1783North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican RevolutionNF
Bio
PB
Women Heroes of the American Revolution: 20 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Defiance, and RescueCasey, Susan2017YA
A
Age of Revolutions1775-1783North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican RevolutionNF
Bio
B
Madam President: The Extraordinary, True (and Evolving) Story of Women in PoliticsThimmesh, Catherine2008LE
MG
Modern Age1776-2007United States
Great Britain
Various
Activism
Politics
NF
Bio
PB
Sophia's War: A Tale of the RevolutionAvi2013MGAge of Revolutions1776North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican RevolutionFCB
Susanna's Midnight RideMcNamee, Libby Carty2018UMG
YA
Age of Revolutions1781-1783North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican RevolutionFN
The Fossil GirlBrighton, Catherine2007LEIndustrial Age1811EuropeGreat BritainPaleontology
Women in Science
NFPB
This Noble Woman: Myrtilla Miner and Her Fight to Establish a School for African American Girls in the Slaveholding SouthGreenburg, Michael M.2016YA
A
Industrial Age1815-1864North AmericaUnited StatesEducation
Myrtilla Miner
NF
Bio
B
Anatomy: A Love StorySchwartz, Dana2022YA
A
Industrial Age1817EuropeGreat BritainMedicine
Graverobbers
Women in Science
FN
A World of Her Own: 24 Amazing Women Explorers and AdventurersRoss, Michael Elsohn2014YA
A
Industrial Age1840-2010North AmericaUnited StatesExplorersNF
Bio
B
Women of the Frontier: 16 Tales of Trailblazing Homesteaders, Entrepreneurs, and Rabble-RousersMiller, Brandon Marie2013YA
A
Industrial Age1841–1868North AmericaUnited StatesWestward Expansion
Prairie Life
NF
Bio
B
Charlotte Mason: The Teacher Who Revealed Worlds of WonderGore, Lanaya2022UMG
A
Industrial Age1842-1923EuropeGreat BritainEducation
Charlotte Mason
NFPB
What Miss Mitchell SawBarrett, Hayley2019LEIndustrial Age1847North AmericaUnited StatesAstronomy
Women in Science
NFPB
The Corpse QueenHerrman, Heather M.2021YA
A
Industrial Age1850North AmericaUnited StatesGrave Robbers
Women in Science
FN
The Story of Marie CurieKatz, Susan B.2020MGIndustrial Age1867-1934Europe
North America
Poland
United States
Chemistry
Women in Science
NFCB
Jane Against the WorldBlumenthal, Karen2020YA
A
Modern Age1873-2018North AmericaUnited States
France
Activism
Reproductive Rights
NF
Bio
B
Women of Steel and Stone: 22 Inspirational Architects, Engineers, and Landscape DesignersLewis, Anna M.2014YA
A
Industrial Age1876-1980North AmericaUnited StatesBuildingNF
Bio
B
The Mad Girls of New York: A Nellie Bly NovelRodale, Maya2022AdultModern Age1887North AmericaUSAGilded Age
Writing
Journalism
Nellie Bly
FN
AudacityCrowder, Melanie2016UMG
YA
Industrial Age1898-1950North AmericaUnited StatesGilded Age
Activism
FN
She Takes a Stand: 16 Fearless Activists Who Have Changed the WorldRoss, Michael Elsohn2015YA
A
Modern Age1900-2015North AmericaUnited States
France
ActivismNF
Bio
B
The Many Faces of Josephine Baker: Dancer, Singer, Activist, SpyCaravantes, Peggy2015YA
A
Modern Age1906-1975North AmericaUnited States
France
Josephine BakerNF
Bio
B
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909Carson, Mary Kay2013LEModern Age1909North AmericaUnited StatesClara Lemlich
Labor Strike
NFPB
Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its LegacyMarrin, Albert2011UMG
YA
Modern Age1911North AmericaUnited StatesTriangle Shirtwaist Factory
Fires
Labor Reform
NFCB
Women Aviators: 26 Stories of Pioneer Flights, Daring Missions, and Record-Setting JourneysGibson, Karen Bush2013YA
A
Modern Age1911-2000North AmericaUnited StatesAviation
Women's Aviation
NF
Bio
B
UprisingHaddix, Margaret Peterson2011UMGModern Age1911North AmericaUnited StatesTriangle Shirtwaist Factory
Fires
Labor Reform
FCB
Seized by the Sun: The Life and Disappearance of World War II Pilot Gertrude TompkinsAtwood, Kathryn J.2016YA
A
Modern Age1912-1944AsiaVariousWWII
Women's Aviation
NF
Bio
B
Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and MedicsAtwood, Karen J.2016YA
A
Modern Age1914-1918EuropeVariousWWINF
Bio
B
A Bend in the StarsBarenbaum, Rachel2019YA
A
Modern Age1914RussiaRussiaRussian Revolution
Women in Science
FN
How Women Won the VoteCampbell Bartoletti, Susan2020LE
MG
Modern Age1909North AmericaUnited StatesWomen's Suffrage
Voting
Activism
NFPB
Marooned in the Arctic: The True Story of Ada Blackjack, the "Female Robinson Crusoe"Caravantes, Peggy2016YA
A
Modern Age1921-1983North AmericaUnited StatesAda Blackjack
Explorers
NF
Bio
B
The DegeneratesMann, J. Albert2020YA
A
Modern Age1928North AmericaUnited StatesEugenics
Institutionalization
LGBTQ+
FN
Women Heroes of World War II―the Pacific Theater: 15 Stories of Resistance, Rescue, Sabotage, and SurvivalAtwood, Kathryn J.2016YA
A
Modern Age1932-1945AsiaVariousWWIINF
Bio
B
Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War IIMullenbach, Cheryl2013YA
A
Modern Age1939-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWIINF
Bio
B
Code Name Pauline: Memoirs of a World War II Special AgentCornioley, Pearl Witherington2015YA
A
Modern Age1939-1945EuropeFrance
Great Britain
WWIINF
Bio
B
Great or NothingMcCullough, Joy
Tung Richmond, Caroline
Sharpe, Tess
Spotswood, Jessica
2022YAModern Age1942-1943North America
Europe
United States
Great Britain
WWII
American Home Front
Little Women Retelling
FN
Miss Benson's BeetleJoyce, Rachel2020YA
A
Modern Age1950OceaniaGreat Britain
New Caledonia
History of Science
Women in Science
FN
Courageous Women of the Vietnam War: Medics, Journalists, Survivors, and MoreAtwood, Karen J.2018YA
A
Modern Age1955-1975AsiaVietnamVietnam WarNF
Bio
B
Women in Space: 23 Stories of First Flights, Scientific Missions, and Gravity-Breaking AdventuresGibson, Karen Bush2014YA
A
Modern Age1963-2012North AmericaUnited StatesSpaceNF
Bio
B
Bad Girls Never Say DieMathieu, Jennifer2021YA
A
Modern Age1964North AmericaUnited StatesSocial Classes
Feminism
FN
CubCopeland, Cynthia L.2020MG
UMG
Modern Age1972North AmericaUSAWriting
Journalism
FGN
Malala’s Magic PencilYousafzai, Malala2018LEModern Age2007Middle EastPakistanEducation
Women's Rights
NFPB
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the WorldYousafzai, Malala2016MGModern Age2012Middle EastPakistanEducation
Women's Rights
NFCB
Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls' RightsYousafzai, Malala2018LEModern Age2012Middle EastPakistanEducation
Women's Rights
NFCB
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The TalibanYousafzai, Malala2015YAModern Age2012Middle EastPakistanEducation
Women's Rights
NFN

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List of abbreviations:
Reading Age Genre Format
LE = lower elementary
MG = middle grade (8-12 yrs.)
UMG = upper-middle grade (11-14 yrs.)
YA = young adult (14+)
A = adult (18+)
NF - non fiction
F = fiction
Bio = biography
HF = historical fantasy
AH = alternate history
OV - own voices
M = mythology
S = spine book
PB = picture book
GN = graphic novel
ER = early reader
CB = chapter book
B = book (NF)
N = novel
M = memoir