Celebrating Women’s Herstory Month

Location: Lingonberry

Abigail Adams, Julia Ward Howe, Frances Watkins Harper, Clara Barton, Florence Nightingale, and Lydia Maria Child: all Unitarian and/or Universalist women!  Let’s celebrate them with a short play reading, and honor other women during this service in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Decorah UU member Anne Glenn-White has shared the following children’s books that may be of interest:

  • Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation: While much has been written about the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, battled the British, and framed the Constitution, the wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters they left behind have been little noticed by history.  Author Cokie Roberts brings us women who fought the Revolution as valiantly as the men, often defending their very doorsteps.  Drawing upon personal correspondence, private journals, and even favored recipes, Roberts reveals the often surprising stories of these fascinating women, bringing to life the everyday trials and extraordinary triumphs of individuals like Abigail Adams, Mercy Otis Warren, Deborah Read Franklin, Eliza Pinckney, Catherine Littlefield Green, Esther DeBerdt Reed, and Martha Washington—proving that without our exemplary women, the new country might have never survived.
  • Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation: Ladies of Liberty pays homage to a diverse selection of ten remarkable women who have shaped the United States, covering the period 1776 to 1824.  Drawing on personal correspondence and private journals, Cokie Roberts brings to life the extraordinary accomplishments of these women who created the framework for our current society, a generation of reformers and visionaries.  Roberts features a cast of courageous heroines that includes African American poet Lucy Terry Prince, Native American explorer Sacagawea, first lady Louisa Catherine Adams, Judith Sargent Murray, Isabella Graham, Martha Jefferson Randolph, Elizabeth Bayley Seton, Louise D’Avezac Livingston, Rebecca Gratz, and Elizabeth Kortright Monroe.
  • Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells: The Daring Life of a Crusading Journalist: In 1863, when Ida B. Wells was not yet two years old, the Emancipation Proclamation freed her from the bond of slavery.  Blessed with a strong will, an eager mind, and a deep belief in America’s promise of “freedom and justice for all,” young Ida held her family together, defied society’s conventions, and used her position as a journalist to speak against injustice.  But Ida’s greatest challenge arose after one of her friends was lynched.  How could one headstrong young woman help free America from the looming “shadow of lawlessness”?
  • Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote: Here are the stories of ten leaders who strove to win the right to vote for American women—a journey that took more than seventy years of passionate commitment. From well-known figures, such as Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth to lesser known women such as Alice Paul and Mary Church Terrell, these are heroes who dreamed big and never gave up.
  • The Girl with a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague: After touring a German submarine in the early 1940s, young Raye Montague set her sights on becoming an engineer.  Little did she know sexism and racial inequality would challenge that dream every step of the way, even keeping her greatest career accomplishment a secret for decades.  Through it all, the gifted mathematician persisted—finally gaining her well-deserved title in history: a pioneer who changed the course of ship design forever.
  • The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: When young Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism, no one expected her to talk, let alone become one of the most powerful voices in modern science.  Yet the determined visual thinker did just that.  Her unique mind allowed he to connect with animals in a special way, helping her invent groundbreaking improvements for farms around the globe!
  • The Girl Who Ran: Bobbi Gibb, the First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon: When Bobbi Gibb saw the Boston Marathon her mind was set—she had to be a part of it.  But when the time came to apply for the marathon, she was refused entry.  They told her girls don’t run. This picture book tells the true story of how she broke the rules in 1966 and how, one step at a time, her grit and determination changed the world.
  • When Jackie Saved Grand Central: The True Story of Jacqueline Kennedy’s Fight for an American Icon: Before she was an iconic First Lady of the United States, Jackie Kennedy was a born-and-raised New Yorker.  She loved everything about her city, from the natural beauty of the parks to the architectural history of the buildings.  So when the owners of Grand Central wanted to build a skyscraper on top of the famous train station, Jackie knew they had to be stopped.  She helped inspire thousands of people to come together and fight to protect the historic landmark.  From letter-writing campaigns all the way to the Supreme Court, this little-known story celebrates winning in the face of immeasurable odds and how one person can make a big difference.
  • Malala’s Magic Pencil: As a child in Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai made a wish for a magic pencil.  She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning.  But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for.  She saw a world that needed fixing.  And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.  At age eleven she began writing for BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban.  In response the Taliban shot her in the head, but she survived and became a prominent activist for the right to education, winning the Nobel Peace Prize when only seventeen years old.
  • When God Was A Little Girl: “Tell me a story, Daddy…about when God was a little girl.”  Susanna’s playful request begins a whimsically profound tale woven between father and daughter.  Together they retell the familiar story of creation, but with unexpected twists and insightful turns along the way.  The exuberant joy of God’s creative energy sparkles in this tale that honors both interconnection and diversity.

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