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50 Women to Learn about during Women’s History Month

tengrrl Posted by tengrrl in Reading & Language Arts on Feb 28, 2013 4:26:11 PM

women_locomotive.jpgMarch  is National Women’s History Month. Find resources to learn more about famous women in our list of 50 women, all of whom are featured on the ReadWriteThink calendar.


The link for each famous woman listed below  takes you to a calendar entry with lesson plans, a classroom activity, and links to related resources. So click through, and learn about activists, authors, poets, and other women who have left their mark on America and the world:


  1. Joy Adamson, animal rights activist
  2. Louisa May Alcott, novelist
  3. Laurie Halse Anderson, novelist
  4. Marian Anderson, opera contralto
  5. Maya Angelou, poet, author
  6. Susan B. Anthony, civil rights activist
  7. Mary Azarian, picture book illustrator
  8. Natalie Babbitt, author
  9. Elizabeth Blackwell, first American woman to earn a medical degree
  10. Erma Bombeck, humorist
  11. Judy Blume, novelist
  12. Gwendolyn Brooks, poet
  13. Eve Bunting, author
  14. Virginia Lee Burton, picture book author
  15. Rachel Carson, naturalist
  16. Janell Cannon, picture book author
  17. Kate DiCamillo, novelist
  18. Emily Dickinson, poet
  19. Lois Duncan, suspense novelist
  20. Amelia Earhart, aviation pioneer
  21. Gertrude Ederle, first woman to swim the English Channel
  22. Nancy Farmer, novelist
  23. Esther Forbes, author
  24. Anne Frank, diary writer and Holocaust victim
  25. Nikki Giovanni, poet, picture book author
  26. Karen Hesse, novelist
  27. Mary Hoffman, author
  28. Billie Holiday, jazz and blues singer
  29. Helen Keller, author, political activist
  30. Coretta Scott King, civil rights activist
  31. Ursula K. LeGuin, sci-fi and fantasy author
  32. Annie Moore,  first immigrant to enter Ellis Island
  33. Pat Mora, poet, author
  34. Toni Morrison, novelist, picture book author
  35. Joan Lowery Nixon, mystery novelist
  36. Laura Joffe Numeroff, picture book author
  37. Barbara Park, chapter book author
  38. Rosa Parks, civil rights activist
  39. Pocahontas, ambassador
  40. Patricia Polacco, picture book author
  41. Sally Ride, first American woman in space
  42. Faith Ringgold, author, quilter
  43. J.K. Rowling, novelist
  44. Cynthia Rylant, author
  45. Anna Sewell, novelist
  46. Leslie Marmon Silko, novelist
  47. Alice Walker, novelist
  48. Ida B. Wells, African American journalist
  49. Oprah Winfrey, talk show host, author, producer
  50. Jane Yolen, author


If you want even more resources, check out the National Women’s History Month calendar entry as well as Science NetLinks’ Women's History Collection and EDSITEment’s Women's History Resources.


—Traci Gardner


[Photo: “Rosie The Riveter” @ California State Railroad Museum by Loco Steve, on Flickr]


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