International Women's Day

March is Women's History Month, and March 8 is International Women's Day, a day to commemorate the ongoing struggle for women's rights.  Learning about inspiring women and girls is a great way to participate in this day, and there are some amazing books available to help you.

Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! is a super cool books that highlights the bravery and contributions of 25 American women as well as the unknown ladies whose accomplishments were never recorded.  The book concludes with a list of 26 ways the reader can be rad.  After reading, visit the Rad Women website, where you can learn more about great heroines and print a set of posters to go with the book.

Author, Laurie Halse Anderson, has written books perfect for celebrating International Women's Day.

Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American Revolution tells the stories of women and girls who contributed to our victory in the American Revolution, and Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving explains how Sarah Hale led the campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday.

The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps, Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa, Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan: Two Stories of Bravery, Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, and The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq are all written by Jeanette Winter.  Each book tells the story of a trailblazing woman or girl who changed the world through her own hard work and determination.

Once you've read about some amazing heroines, students can react and reflect about the stories.  Visit Make Beliefs Comix to find some printable writing prompts that ask students to imagine a conversation they could have with a favorite woman from history or plan discussion points about advancing the rights of women.

You can also head to Alpha Mom to find a printable that encourages students to illustrate and describe a woman they admire.

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