Great strides by, for women

Just for parents

March 19, 2000|By Susan Rapp | Susan Rapp,Village Reading Center

Less than a century ago, there was opposition to women's suffrage, and women in the workplace were highly criticized. During the 20th century, women have made great strides, often in the face of frustration and adversity.

In March, we celebrate Women's History Month to honor the courage, commitment and camaraderie of women from all eras who have a made a difference. The National Women's History Project is the nonprofit group responsible for the declaration of March as Women's History Month. Its Catalog of Resources offers products and ideas for families and teachers. For information, call 707-838-6000 or go to www.nwhp. org.

Here are some books that explain women's roles in history:

*"Stone Girl, Bone Girl: The Story of Mary Anning" by Laurence Anholt, grades 1-5. In 1811, at the age of 12, Mary dug up the first fossil of an ichthyosaur, a 165-million-year-old dinosaur in England. Though unschooled, Mary was considered an expert in her field.

*"Streets of Gold" by Rosemary Wells, grades 2-5. This beautifully told and illustrated story about 12-year-old Mary Antin recounts her journey from a small Jewish village in Russia, where Jewish girls were not permitted to attend school, to America. The story reveals the life-changing advantages of an education.

*"Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride" by Pam Munoz Ryan, grades 2-5. Outspoken first lady Eleanor Roosevelt invites friend and aviator Amelia Earhart to the White House for dinner and an overnight stay. A wonderfully told story that will inspire children to read more about these two remarkable ladies.

*"Bloomers!" by Rhoda Blumberg, grades K-4. A delightful historic fiction read-aloud story about a new-fashioned outfit (bloomers) that helped Amelia Bloomer and Susan B. Anthony spread the word about women's rights.

*"To Space and Back" by Sally Ride, all ages. Written by astronaut Sally Ride, the first woman from the United States to enter space, this book tells the experience of living and working while orbiting Earth. The book contains beautiful photographs.

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