11 Amazing Stories…14 Amazing Women!

This March rocked as we read about about these fourteen AMAZING women for Women’s History Month!

Who: Georgie Badiel

Environmental Activist, Founder of the Georgie Badiel Foundation, Author, Model

What:ย Georgie Badiel builds and restores water wells.

Where: Burkina Faso, West Africa

Why: As a child Georgie Badiel grew up in the village of Burkina Faso. Each morning the women and children of this village wake before the sun rises to walk miles to collect water for their homes, returning as the sun sets. As an adult Badiel addresses this issue of accessible and clean water through her foundation. The Georgie Badiel Foundation raises money to build and restore wells in her home village of Burkina Faso as well as other villages in need!

How I can learn more about Georgie Badiel:


The Water Princess: Based on the Childhood Experience of Georgie Badiel (2016)


A Picture Book written by: Susan Verde & Georgie Badiel

Illustrated by: Peter H. Reynolds

Published by: G.P. Putnam Sons



Book 2 Life: Locate Burkina Faso on a globe or map!

Who: Georgia Gilmore (Feb. 5, 1920-March 7, 1990)

Civil Rights Activist, Cook

What:ย Georgia Gilmore prepared, provided, and sold meals to raise money for the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1956.

Where: Montgomery, Alabama

Why: Georgia Gilmore lived in Montgomery, Alabama. She worked at the National Lunch Counter and she rode the city bus to and from work each day. When the Montgomery Bus Boycott began, sparked by the arrest of Rosa Parks, Gilmore decided she would no longer ride the buses either. Like Rosa Parks, Gilmore too had experienced racism while riding on the Montgomery city buses, being told she had to sit in the back of the bus and having the bus driver pull off before she could do so! But Gilmore wanted to do more! She and other women in her community formed the Club from Nowhere. This club provided delicious food during boycott meetings, as well as selling meals, cakes, and pies to raise money for gas and even for the purchase of some station wagons! Gilmore did not stop there! Gilmore testified in court about her mistreatment on the city buses as well! This cost Gilmore her job, but it all paid off on November 13, 1956, when the law changed! Now, Georgia Gilmore, Rosa Parks, and all of Montgomery could sit anywhere they wanted on the bus! Sweet justice!

How I can learn more about Georgia Gilmore:


Pies From Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott (2018)


A Picture Book written by: Dee Romito

Illustrated by: Laura Freeman

Published by: little bee books


Eyes on the Prize, Episode 1 (1987): Awakenings (1954-1956)

Book 2 Life: Bake your favorite pie!

Who: Laurie Hernandez

Olympic Gold-medal winning Gymnast, Author

What: Laurie Hernandez won the gold-medal with her team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro

Where: Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey

Why: Learning how to stretch, tumble, swing, and balance in gymnastics class is fun, but also a lot of hard work! You are going to stumble and fall along the way! But if you pick yourself up and try again, and again, and again…you will fly! As a young child on her gymnastic journey Hernandez realized that falling is a part of learning, and what matters is how often you get back up!

How I can learn more about Laurie Hernandez:


She’s Got This (2018)


A Picture Book written by: Laurie Hernandez

Illustrated by: Nina Mata

Published by: Harpercollins Children’s Books


I Got This: To Gold and Beyond (2017)

A Biography written by: Laurie Hernandez (8+)

Published by: Harpercollins

Book 2 Life: Visit a gym and try out the balance beams, bars, and trampoline!

Who: Ann Cole Lowe (1898-Feb. 25, 1981)

First African-American High-Fashion Designer, Salon Owner

What: Ann Cole Lowe designed elegant dresses and gowns for the rich and famous from the 1920’s to the 1960’s. Notably for the wedding gown first lady Jacqueline Bouvier wore when she married John F. Kennedy!

Where: Born in Clayton, Alabama

Why: Lowe’s momma and grandma taught her how to sew when she was just a child. Lowe loved sewing and creating beautiful dresses with them! After taking over her momma’s dress making business, Lowe eventually attended design school in New York in 1917. Classes were segregated, which meant that Lowe had to study alone, but study she did! After graduating and saving money Lowe opened her own salon in Manhattan where she would sew beautiful dresses for the folks of high society. In 1961, after many, many years with no recognition Lowe was named, an “Official Couturiere!”

How I can learn more about Ann Cole Lowe:


Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe (2017)


A Picture Book written by: Deborah Blumenthal

Illustrated by: Laura Freeman

Published by: little bee books



Search Ann Cole Lowe to view her collection!

Book 2 Life: Design your own clothing, use paper or fabric scraps to bring it to life!

Who: Wangari Maathi (April 1, 1940-Sept. 25, 2011)

Environmental Activist, First African Woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Founder of the Green Belt Movement

What: Wangari Maathi planted trees to replace the ones that were disappearing from her village. Maathi also applied her knowledge of trees teaching others how trees can be used to solve everyday problems.

Where: Nyeri, Kenya

Why: Maathi was a passionate and determined advocate for the peaceful coexistence of people and nature. Maathi fought against the cutting down of trees for financial gain, and was jailed many times for her work. In 1976, Maathi began, planting trees for peace, with the citizens of Kenya. This Green Belt Movement has planted over thirty million trees in Kenya and other African countries! The planting of these trees helps to prevent soil erosion, filters the water and air, provides firewood, food, and timber for shelters.

How I can learn more about Wangari Maathi:


Mama Miti (2010)


A Picture Book written by: Donna Jo Napoli

Illustrated by: Kadir Nelson

Published by: Paula Wiseman Books; Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers


Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa (2008)

A Picture Book written and illustrated by: Jeanette Winter

Published by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


Unbowed: A Memoir (2006)

A Memoir written by: Wangari Maathi

Published by: Knopf


The Greenbelt Movement: Sharing the Approach and the Experience (2004)

Written by: Wangari Maathi

Published by: Lantern Books



Book 2 Life:

Locate Nyeri, Kenya on a globe or map!

Plant a tree in your yard, neighborhood, or community!

Who: Sonia Sotomayor

First Latina United States Supreme Court Justice

What: Sonia Sotomayor was appointed to the United States Supreme Court in 2009 by President Barack Obama!

Where: Born in the Bronx, New York City, N.Y.

Why: As a child Sonia Sotomayor watched her mother work hard everyday and night. Sotomayor and her family lived in the South Bronx and things had been hard since her father passed away. This is why her mother worked so hard to provide for her family, even staying up late through the night studying to become a nurse. Sotomayor’s parents were from Puerto Rico and she was immersed into her rich culture with her family and friends. Sotomayor was also immersed in the world of books! Her passion for books and learning fueled her determination to study, maintain good grades, graduate high school, and attend Princeton University where she graduated with the highest honors in her class!

How I can learn more about Sonia Sotomayor:


Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx/la juez que creciรณ en el Bronx (2009)


A Bilingual Picture Book written by: Jonah Winter

Illustrated by: Edel Rodriguez

Published by: Atheneum Books for Young Readers


Turning Pages: My Life Story (2018)

A Picture Book written by: Sonia Sotomayor

Illustrated by: Lulu Delacre

Published by: Philomel Books


I am Sonia Sotomayor (2018) Ordinary People Change the World Series

A Picture Book written by: Brad Meltzer

Illustrated by: Christopher Eliopoulos

Published by: Dial Books


When I Grow Up: Sonia Sotomayor (2014) Scholastic Reader Level 3

A Leveled Reader written by: Annmarie Anderson

Illustrated by: Gerald Kelley

Published by: Scholastic


My Beloved World (2014)

A Biography written by: Sonia Sotomayor

Published by: Vintage

Book 2 Life: Have a mock trial and take turns playing Judge! Deliberate issues such as: Who forgot to pick up the toys! Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar! Who left the light on! Whose turn is it to wash the dishes! Who gets to pick the movie!

Who: Sojourner Truth (1797-Nov. 26, 1883)

Abolitionist, Women’s Rights Activist

What: Sojourner Truth journeyed across the country speaking on freedom, the abolition of slavery, and women’s rights!

Where: Born enslaved in Ulster County, New York

Why: Born Isabella Baumfree and enslaved to a Dutch family, which was her first language! She escaped to freedom when the promise of freedom to her was broken. Changing her name from Isabella to Sojourner Truth, destined to spread the truth about slavery! Truth argued in court to get her son Peter back who had been illegally sold…and won! Truth walked and spoke about freedom, year, after year, after year. And her words live on today!

How I can learn more about Sojourner Truth:


So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth’s Long Walk Toward Freedom (2018)


A Picture Book written by: Gary D. Schmidt

Illustrated by: Daniel Minter

Published by: Roaring Brook Press


Only Passing Through (2000)

A Picture Book written by: Anne Rockwell

Illustrated by: R. Gregory Christie

Published by: Dragonfly Books


Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride (2009)

A Picture Book written by: Andrea Davis Pinkney

Illustrated by: Brian Pinkney

Published by: Jump At The Sun


Narrative of Sojourner Truth (1850)

A Memoir written by: Sojourner Truth

Who: Harriet Tubman (1822-March 10, 1913)

Abolitionist, Political Activist

What: Harriet Tubman was a “conductor” of the Underground Railroad helping enslaved people reach freedom. Tubman was also a suffragist, fighting for women’s rights, a Union Spy and a Nurse!

Where: Born enslaved in Dorchester County, Maryland

Why: Harriet Tubman, born Araminta Ross (Minty), knew from a young age that there was freedom in the stars. After escaping herself, Minty changed her name to Harriet Tubman and returned again and again to help others navigate the Underground Railroad to attain their freedom! Even helping her own parents reach as far as Canada! During the civil war Tubman was a cook and a nurse and then Union Spy. As a General Tubman helped over 700 enslaved people reach freedom during the raid at Combahee Ferry. Later in life Tubman would speak on the rights of women!

How I can learn more about Harriet Tubman:

Before She Was Harriet (2017)


A Picture Book written by: Lesa Cline-Ransome

Illustrated by: James E. Ransome

Published by: Holiday House Publishing, Inc.


Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom (2006)

A Picture Book written by: Carole Boston Weatherford

Illustrated by: Kadir Nelson

Published by: Hyperion Book


I Am Harriet Tubman (2018) Ordinary People Change the World Series

A Picture Book written by: Brad Meltzer

Illustrated by: Christopher Eliopoulos

Published by: Dial Books


Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky (1995)

A Picture Book written and illustrated by: Faith Ringgold

Published by: Dragonfly Books


Harriet Tubman (2018)* Little People, BIG DREAMS Series

A Picture book written by: Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Illustrated by: Pili Aguado

Published by: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

*Available in Board Book June 2019!


An Apple for Harriet Tubman (2006)

A Picture Book by: Glennette Tilley Turner

Illustrated by: Susan Keeter

Published by: Albert Whitman & Company


Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter (2018) I Can Read Level 2

A Leveled Reader written by: Nadia L. Hohn

Illustrated by: Gustavo Mazali

Published by: HarperCollins


Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad (2018)

A Chapter Book written by: Ann Petry

Published by: Amistad


Who: Venus Williams & Serena Williams

Professional Tennis Players

What: Venus and Serena Williams are sisters who changed the world of tennis!

Where: Venus Williams was born in Lynwood, California & Serena Williams was born in Saginaw, Michigan

Why: When Venus and Serena were young girls their father introduced them the tennis! The end! Just Kidding!!! Venus being the oldest of the two sister began her tennis lessons first, and naturally little sister Serena wanted to learn too! Tennis was not a big thing in their East Compton neighborhood so the family would have to clean off the court of trash and glass before they could even begin their practice each morning! They did this six days a week! The neighbors did not understand their dreams but they kept at it, day in and day out! When Venus was twelve she professed that she would win Wimbledon! At age fourteen Venus played her first professional match, this is when the tennis critics first noticed her skills! The next year, Serena came into the same spotlight! It was not easy for the sisters, as tennis was nearly an all-white sport, but they ignored the harsh words and threats, and continued to play! Though they were sisters and had training for years together their techniques and styles are very different. Venus being fast and gracious, and Serena strong and aggressive. Once the sisters went professional they traveled to tournaments around the world, the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon! Venus and Serena not only played doubles against others, they competed against one another! Sometimes Venus won, sometimes Serena won…but every time Sisters won!

How I can learn more about Venus and Serena Williams:


Games Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams (2018)


A Picture Book written by: Lesa Cline-Ransome

Illustrated by: James Ransome

Published by: Paula Wiseman; Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers


Sisters and Champions: The True Story of Venus and Serena Williams (2018)

A Picture Book written by: Howard Bryant

Illustrated by: Floyd Cooper

Published by: Philomel Books


I Look Up to Serena Williams (June 2019)

A Board Book written by: Anna Membrino

Illustrated by: Fatti Burke

Published by: Random House Books for Young Readers


Venus and Serena Williams: Tennis Champions (2010)

Written by: Diane Bailey (10+)


Venus and Serena: Serving from the Hip: 10 Rules for Living, Loving, and Winning (2005)

A Self-Help Book with photos written by: Venus & Serena Williams and Beard Hilary (12+)

Published by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Young Readers


Venus and Serena, Magnolia Home Entertainment (2013)

Book 2 Life: Visit you local tennis court and practice playing tennis!

Who: Dr. Christine Darden, Mary Jackson (April 9, 1921-Feb. 11, 2005), Katherine Johnson, and Dorothy Vaughan (Sept 20, 1910-Nov. 10, 2008) The Hidden Figures

Mathematicians, Physicist, Date Analyst, Aeronautical Engineers, Human Computers

What: Christine Darden, Mary Jackson, Katherine Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan overcame racial and gender discrimination in their work with NASA in the 1940’s, ’50’s and ’60’s.

Where: Dr. Christine Darden was born in Monroe, North Carolina; Mary Jackson was born in Hampton, Virginia; Katherine Johnson was born in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia; and Dorothy Vaughan was born in Kansas City, Missouri

Why: The Hidden Figures were all excellent at math! They all held degrees in mathematics. Prior to working at Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory, they all taught high school math!

Christine Darden, who also holds a master’s in aerosol physics and a doctorate in mechanical engineering, designed a computer program that could simulate sonic booms, which helps improve the designs of aircraft flying at supersonic speeds!

Mary Jackson, was the first female African American aerospace engineer at NASA!

Katherine Johnson worked on flight paths for Project Mercury, the program that sent the first American astronauts into space! Johnson also contributed calculations to the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon! NASA has recently renamed one of their facilities after Johnson as the, Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation Facility!

Dorothy Vaughan, was NASA’s first African American supervisor!

How I can learn more about the Hidden Figures:


Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race (2018)


A Picture Book written by: Margot Lee Shetterly

Illustrated by: Laura Freeman

Published by; HarperCollins


Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 (2018)


A Picture Book written by: Helaine Becker

Illustrated by: Tiemdow Phumiruk

Published by: Henry Holt and Co.


Katherine Johnson (You Should Meet) (2017) Ready to Read Level 3

A Leveled Reader written by: Thea Feldman

Illustrated by: Alyssa Peterson

Published by: Simon Spotlight


Hidden Figures Young Readers Edition (2016)

A Chapter Book written by: Margot Lee Shetterly (8+)

Published by: HarperCollins


Hidden Figures (2016) 20th Century Fox (PG)

Book 2 Life:

Name all of the planets!

Make your own solar system!

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