Women’s History Month

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In honor of Women’s History Month, the Teen Librarian has compiled a suggested reading list featuring the lives of some of history’s most extraordinary women. This list is certainly not comprehensive. More titles can be found by searching the PALS Plus catalog, visiting our eLibrary, and Online Research databases. 

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked The World

Penelope Bagieu

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Profiles inspiring women–some who are world-famous and some who are little known in graphic format, including Nellie Bly, Mae Jemison, Hedy Lamarr, Josephine Baker, and Naziq al-Abid. – From PALS Plus catalog

Becoming 

Michelle Obama

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In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America, she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private. A deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations. – From PALS Plus catalog

Hidden Figures (Young Adult ed.)

Margot Lee Shetterly

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Explores the previously uncelebrated but pivotal contributions of NASA’s African-American women mathematicians to America’s space program, describing how Jim Crow laws segregated them from their white counterparts despite their groundbreaking successes. – From PALS Plus catalog

The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor

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An adaptation for middle graders based on the bestselling adult memoir, My Beloved World, in which the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor’s details her achievements, which serve as a true testament to the fact that no matter the obstacles, dreams can come true. – From PALS Plus catalog

Educated: A Memoir

Tara Westover

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Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag.” In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it. – From PALS Plus catalog

I Am Malala

Malala Yousafzai

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When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest recipient ever of the Nobel Peace Prize. – From PALS Plus catalog