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Owliver’s reading list for Women’s History Month6 min read

March 6, 2021 5 min read


Owliver’s reading list for Women’s History Month6 min read

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Although women’s contribution in making history must be celebrated every day of the year, there is a whole month dedicated to this ethos!

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March is celebrated as Women’s History Month in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. It started from a day in 1975 to a week in 1980, eventually resulting in a month in 1987.

Women suffragists marching on Pennsylvania Avenue led by Mrs. Richard Coke Burleson (center on horseback); U.S. Capitol in background.1913 (Library of Congress). Sourced from CNN.

Owliver plans on celebrating this precious month with a reading list celebrating women who have shaped history.

Read along, maybe?

1.Savitribai: Journey of Trailblazers
Authors: Leah Verghese, Ranjna, Medha Sundar
Publisher: Azim Premji University

If you enjoy reading the trailblazers column on Owliver’s Post, you will love reading the story of India’s first female teacher, Savitribai Phule. Published by Azim Premji University and illustrated by Patua artists, this book shows her journey and struggles with several anecdotes.

Savitribai used to carry one extra saree in her bag on her way to school every day. Curious to know why? Access the full edition, here.

2.Goodnight Story for Rebel Girls
Authors: Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavello
Publisher: Penguin

This wonderful series covers 100 stories of inspirational women who have influenced the making of the world as we know it. 60 artists from all over the world have also contributed to this book.

Did you know that the first computer program was written in 1844 by a woman called Ada Lovelace? Know more about her journey and others like her in this book.

3.Fantastically Great Women Boxed Set:
Author: Kate Pankhurst
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children

Pankhurst has been quite clear with her intention by stating the content of the books in their titles. This set has three books:
Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World
Fantastically Great Women Who Made History
Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders

Grab a cuppa and get ready to be transported to the land of incredible women, like Coco Chanel, Frida Kahlo, Jane Austen et al. It is full of illustrations, and facts!

Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize in Physics twice in her lifetime. To know more about her contributions, grab this set.

4. Unstoppable: 75 Stories of Trailblazing Indian Women
Author: Gayathri Ponvannan
Publisher: Hachette

Meet 75 women from India who broke the rules holding them back to change the world for the better. The book features women who have led armies, flown planes, captured history on lens and done more and beyond!

Rani Abbaka was the only woman in history who directly confronted, fought, and defeated the Portuguese. Follow her journey in this book.

5. Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World
Author: Susan Hood
Publisher: HarperCollins

Where would our world be without revolutionaries who are not scared of asking for change, and of working to attain it!? This book collects the stories of 14 extraordinary women to guide a new generation of changemakers. Each revolutionary is paired with an illustrator to bring her story to life on pages. The collection features stories of World War II spies, female firefighters, education reformers, designers et al.

Who was the first woman to wear a one-piece bathing suit and why did it matter? Find your answers in this book.

6. Every-Day Dress Up
Author: Selina Alko
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers 

Alko plays with the idea of dress up by allowing her character to indulge in it but with a slight variation. The little girl in the book gives up on her princess attires in favour of costumes inspired by great women in history!

Walk with her as she moves in and out of the shoes of Julia Child, Sonia Sotomayor, and Ella Fitzgerald, in the hope that someday she will inspire other little kids playing dress-up.

Psst. Selina Alko is also featured in Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World

7. Favourite Stories of Courageous Girls: inspiring heroines from classic children’s books
Author: Multiple authors
Publisher: Hodder Books

Waltz into the world of courageous women from children’s fiction with this collection. Each of the 24 chapters starts with an introduction on the character and an excerpt from the text.

You will meet Jo March from the Little Women, Anne from Anne of Green Gables, and Georgina from Famous Five among others, somewhere along these chapters.

8. Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls’ Rights
Author: Malala Yousafzai
Publisher: Wren and Rook

When her village was seized by terrorists who prohibited girls from getting an education, Malala did not concede. This book is an illustrated adaptation of Malala’s bestselling memoir, I am Malala, that traces her quest for an education in an environment full of violence.

On October 9, 2012, Malala was shot in the head by terrorists while returning from school. She survived and continued to fight for her right to learn. Follow Malala’s journey from a small village in Pakistan to the United Nations in this adaptation.

And with that, you have travelled across the world and carried in your heart the story of women who have bravehearts against oppression, saviours against disasters, and trailblazers towards change!

Let’s also take this month to express gratitude to all those who helped create the world we live in. Let’s also take this month as a reminder of the need to do our bit to ensure that the work of these changemakers continues, that their ripples bring forth an ocean of change for all generations to come.