In honor of Malala Day (You know Malala, she’s the fourteen-year-old girl who was shot in the head a little over a month ago because of her stance on girls’ education), I developed a list of books to inspire the young girls who line our lives. When the girls in our class (or our own girls) are faced with a challenge, it’s my hope they stare that sucker straight in the face. On with the list…
1. You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer. This book first caught my eye because of our own, ten-year-old Amelia, but open the pages and the reader will find a sassy, world changer who wants to climb trees, ride bikes, and live an adventurous life without having to worry about the dreadful ‘ol skirts she’s required to wear. Thanks, for your good taste in books, Auntie Sara.
2. A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women. A celebration of the achievements of the under noticed women achievers in America.
3. Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman. I never knew Wilma Rudolph endured polio as a child. She overcame many obstacles and proved doctors wrong. Discovered this one through a fifth grader.
4. The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq. Based on a true story about a woman librarian in Iraq who worked to save her community’s library.
5. Me…Jane. A book about Dr. Jane Goodall, a woman who worked her entire life to make a difference for all living things.
6. Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride. Sojourner Truth step-stomp strides along bravely and pushes to fight injustice in America.
7. Fearless Female Journalists. Short biographies of little known, but great women who risked their lives to tell the story.
8. Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange. Fine, this one is included because I’m a photographer wanna-be (minus even owning a camera). Dorothea Lange pushed the world to see images of the Depression and World War II, a very big deal because at this time in history, a woman’s place was not behind a camera.
9. Girls Think of Everything. This book focuses on the important and practical inventions girls have made throughout the years. Any idea who invented the windshield wiper? Yep, it was a girl!
10. Rosa’s Bus. Seamstress, Rosa Parks ignited some serious fury when she decided to keep herself firmly planted in her seat on bus #2857.
Amy L. Sullivan teaches Special Education, and spends her time loving two strong girls who happen to live under her roof.