YA Women's History Month

YA Women's History Month

Celebrate Women's History Month by reading books about some amazing women from our world's history!

Compiled by:
Lizzy S.
Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World

Ann Shen
(Adult Nonfiction - 920 She)

The 100 revolutionary women featured in this illustrated book were bad in the best sense of the word: they challenged the status quo and changed the rules for those who followed. From ancient times through present day, from pirates to artists, scientists to spies, these courageous women achieved unprecedented feats and left a permanent mark on human history.

Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves, & Other Female Villains

Jane Yolen, Heidi E.Y. Stemple, Rebecca Guay
(Adult Nonfiction - 364.374 Yol)

Harlot or hero? Liar or lady? There are two sides to every story. Meet twenty-six of history's most notorious women, and debate alongside authors Yolen and Stemple--who appear in the book as themselves in a series of comic panels--as to each girl's guilt or innocence.

Blood Water Paint

Joy McCullough
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Mccullo)

Rome, 1605: After her mother's death, Artemisia Gentileschi had a stark choice: a life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her father's paint. She chose paint. Artemisia became one of Rome's most talented painters-- and her father took all the credit. Five years later, in the aftermath of a rape, Artemisia faced another terrible choice: a life of silence or a life of truth, no matter the cost. Through the ensuing trial and torture, she is buoyed by her mother's stories of strong women of the Bible.

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

Pénélope Bagieu
(Graphic Novel - GN 920 Bag)

With her characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Penelope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this comic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.

Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World

Mackenzi Lee
(Adult Nonfiction - 920 Lee)

Based on Mackenzi Lee's popular weekly Twitter series of the same name, Bygone Badass Broads features 52 remarkable and forgotten trail-blazing women from all over the world. Starting in the fifth century BCE and continuing to the present, Lee introduces readers to bold and inspiring women who dared to step outside traditional gender roles of their time.


Sherri L. Smith
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Smith)

During World War II, a light-skinned African American girl "passes" for white in order to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

Forgotten Women: The Artists

Zing Tsjeng
(Adult Nonfiction - 750.922 Tsj)

The Artists brings together the stories of 48 brilliant woman artists who made huge yet unacknowledged contributions to the history of art.

Forgotten Women: The Leaders

Zing Tsjeng
(Adult Nonfiction - 920 Tsj)

The Leaders weaves together 48 unforgettable portraits of the true pioneers and leaders who made huge yet unacknowledged contributions to history.

Forgotten Women: The Scientists

Zing Tsjeng
(Adult Nonfiction - 920 Tsj)

The Scientists celebrates 48 unsung scientific heroines whose hugely important, yet broadly unacknowledged or incorrectly attributed, discoveries have transformed our understanding of the scientific world.

Forgotten Women: The Writers

Zing Tsjeng
(Adult Nonfiction - 800.922 Tsj)

The Writers celebrates 48 unsung genius female writers from throughout history and across the world. Including writers from across a wide spectrum of disciplines including poets, journalists, novelists, essayists and diarists.

Galaxy Girls: 50 Amazing Stories of Women in Space

Libby Jackson
(Adult Nonfiction - 920 Jac)

Filled with beautiful full-color illustrations, a groundbreaking compendium honoring the amazing true stories of fifty inspirational women who helped fuel some of the greatest achievements in space exploration from the nineteenth century to today.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women

Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 920 Fav)

To the rebel girls of the world: dream bigger, aim higher, fight harder, and, when in doubt, remember you are right.


Nicola Griffith
(Adult Fiction - Griffit)

Hildis born into a world in transition. In seventh-century Britain, small kingdoms are merging, usually violently. A new religion is coming ashore; the old gods' priests are worrying. Edwin of Northumbria plots to become overking of the Angles, ruthlessly using every tool at his disposal: blood, bribery, belief. Hild is the king's youngest niece. She has the powerful curiosity of a bright child, a will of adamant, and a way of seeing the world--of studying nature, of matching cause with effect, of observing human nature and predicting what will happen next--that can seem uncanny, even supernatural, to those around her. She establishes herself as the king's seer. And she is indispensable--until she should ever lead the king astray. 

History Vs Women: The Defiant Lives That They Don't Want You to Know

Anita Sarkeesian, Ebony Adams
(Adult Nonfiction - 305.42 Sar)

Sarkeesian and Aster introduce readers to a range of dynamic women across many different races, countries, time periods, and classes. You'll be hearing about many of them for the first time, but they made impacts on their societies. Why have their historical contributions been lost? The authors know that it is easier to learn about white, Western people-- especially males-- than of people of color, queer and trans folks, and people with disabilities. They hope to reframe the history you thought you knew.

Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History

Tori Telfer
(Adult Nonfiction - 364.1523 Tel)

Inspired by author Tori Telfer's Jezebel column "Lady Killers," this thrilling and entertaining compendium investigates female serial killers and their crimes through the ages.

The Little Book of Feminist Saints

Julia Pierpont
(Adult Nonfiction - 920 Pie)

This inspiring collection honors one hundred exceptional women throughout history and around the world.

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Vashti Harrison
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 920 Har)

Based on her popular Instagram posts, debut author/illustrator Vashti Harrison shares the stories of 40 bold African American women who shaped history.

The Passion of Dolssa

Julie Berry
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Berry)

In mid-thirteenth century Provence, Dolssa de Stigata is a fervently religious girl who feels the call to preach, condemned by the Inquisition as an "unnatural woman," and hunted by the Dominican Friar Lucien who fears a resurgence of the Albigensian heresy; Botille is a matchmaker trying to protect her sisters from being branded as gypsies or witches--but when she finds the hunted Dolssa dying on a hillside, she feels compelled to protect her, a decision that may cost her everything.

Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas

Laura Sook Duncombe
(Adult Nonfiction - 920 Dun)

In the first-ever Seven Seas history of the world's female buccaneers, Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas tells the story of women, both real and legendary, who through the ages sailed alongside -- and sometimes in command of -- their male counterparts.

Pre-Raphaelite Girl Gang: Fifty Makers, Shakers and Heartbreakers from the Victorian Era

Kirsty Stonell Walker
(Adult Nonfiction - 709.7209 Wal)

Tapping into the Rebel Girl and Bad Girl publishing trend, this is the first book to cover the female role within art. A fabulous introduction to the Pre-Raphaelite movement, through the muses and artists that helped shape the era.

Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History

Kate Schatz
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 920 Sch)

In Rad Women Worldwide, writer Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl tell fresh, engaging, and inspiring tales of perseverance and radical success by pairing well researched and riveting biographies with powerful and expressive cut-paper portraits.

The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes, and Other Dauntless Girls

Jessica Spotswood
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Radical)

An anthology of historical short stories features a diverse array of girls standing up for themselves and their beliefs, forging their own paths while resisting society's expectations.

Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics

Jason Porath
(Adult Nonfiction - 920.72 Por)

Rejected Princesses dismisses the 'pretty pink princess' stereotype and profiles, through biography, imagery, wit, and humor, badass women throughout time and from all around the world. Warrior queens, soldiers, villains, spies, revolutionaries, and many more.

Warriors, Witches, Women: Mythology's Fiercest Females

Kate Hodges
(Adult Nonfiction - 202.114 Hod)

Meet mythology’s fifty fiercest females in this modern retelling of the world’s greatest legends.

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

Rachel Ignotofsky
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 920 Ign)

A collection of artworks inspired by the lives and achievements of fifty famous women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, from the ancient world to the present, profiles each notable individual.

Women In Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win

Rachel Ignotofsky
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 796.092 Ign)

 A charmingly illustrated and inspiring book, Women in Sports highlights the achievements and stories of fifty notable women athletes. Covering more than forty sports, this fascinating collection also contains infographics about notable women's teams throughout history, pay and media statistics for female athletes, and muscle anatomy. Women in Sports celebrates the success of the tough, bold, and fearless women who paved the way for the next generation of athletes.

Women Who Dared: 52 Stories of Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers, and Rebels

Linda Skeers
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 920.72 Ske)

This new compilation of brief biographies features women throughout history who have risked their lives for adventure―many of whom you may not know, but all of whom you'll WANT to know!

Wonder Women : 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History

Sam Maggs, Sophia Foster-Dimino
(Adult Nonfiction - 920 Mag)

Smart women have always been able to achieve amazing things, even when the odds were stacked against them. In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs tells the stories of the brilliant, brainy, and totally rad women in history who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors. Plus, interviews with real-life women in STEM careers, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to women-centric science and technology organizations—all to show the many ways the geeky girls of today can help to build the future.