March is National Women’s History Month, a time to explore women’s stories throughout history and to recognize their achievements.The NWHM theme for 2015 is Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives. The National Women's History Project website elaborates: "This year’s theme presents the opportunity to weave women’s stories – individually and collectively – into the essential fabric of our nation’s history."
In honor of NWHM, I've compiled this list of books about young women throughout history. Whether you want to dive into a true story or escape with historical fiction, LPLS has you covered! All of these titles are available through your local library.
The Cowgirl Way: Hats Off to America's Women of the West by Holly George-Warren
A portrait of female wranglers, sharpshooters, and outlaws who helped to settle the American West.
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
This classic first-person account of living in hiding during the Holocaust is both an important historical document and a startlingly vivid depiction of growing up female.
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone
Stone recounts the experiences of 13 women who underwent and excelled at rigorous NASA testing, but were denied membership in the space program because of their gender.
Girls: A History of Growing Up Female in America by Penny Colman
Colman's book is a rich depiction of what it's like to be a girl in the United States throughout the country's history. Its most remarkable feature is the wide variety of cultures, experiences, and perspectives included.
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb
The memoir of a Pakistani teen who suffered--and survived--a horrible attack after insisting on pursuing her education. History isn't just a thing from the distant past. It's always happening, as this book demonstrates.
Fiction:Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
During WWII, Ida Mae Jones hides her identity as a black girl and pretends to be white in order to join the WASP and become a pilot.
Wildthorn by Jane Eagland
Louisa's life of scientific study is turned upside down when she is deposited at the gates of a mental asylum, called by a different name, and committed for treatment against her will. This novel has both intriguing mystery and harrowing depictions of Nineteenth Century psychiatric treatment.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth WeinA British plane crashes over Nazi-occupied France, stranding its passengers: a spy and a pilot. Captured by German forces, one of the young women is forced to write a confession that tells the story of how she met her
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Evie is sent from her Ohio hometown to live with her occult-obsessed uncle in 1920s New York. A series of ritual murders and the hunt to catch a serial killer add even more excitement to the glitz and glamour Evie expected.
The Luxe by Anna Godberson
Five teenage girls lead lives of scandal and glamour in Manhattan, 1899. Sort of like Gossip Girl, but in fancy gowns.
It's 1918. Both Spanish influenza and spiritualist seances abound, and Mary Shelley Black does not believe in ghosts... At least until her lost first love, who died in war, comes back to her.
Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy by L. A. Meyer
To escape a life of poverty on the streets of Eighteenth Century England, Mary Faber poses as a boy and becomes a crew member on the HMS Dolphin.
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Isabel and her sister Ruth, slaves in Colonial America, are promised freedom when their owner dies. However, this promise is broken, and as revolution brews, Isabel takes on the dangerous role of Patriot spy.
A Bone from a Dry Sea by Peter Dickinson
A young prehistoric female and a girl on a dig with her paleontologist father are the main characters in this dual-perspective novel.
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Fifteen-year-old Lina and her family endure being deported from their home in Lithuania to Siberia by Soviet forces in 1941. Although the WWII setting is a familiar one in historical fiction, Sepetys wrote this novel because its story is one that is rarely told.
Do you have a favorite female figure from history? Celebrate her in the comments!