In modern times women are not prohibited from voting or working outside the home. In years gone by, acceptable jobs for women (besides being a mother) were few--teacher, nurse, librarian, maid. Today women are scientists, doctors, business executives, politicians, and other positions that were, in the past, held by men exclusively.
Non-fiction picture books are an excellent way to share the stories of women who became successful in non-traditional roles in times when this was not the norm. Read on for a few brand new titles that tell these powerful tales. Click on the book covers to find these books at ACPL. Happy Women's History Month! Trudy's Big Swim: How Gertrude Ederle Swam the Engish Channel and Took the World by Storm
by Sue Macy
Tells the story of Gertrude Ederle's 1926 swim across the English Channel, describing how she overcame difficult environmental, physical, and cultural challenges to become the first woman to establish her historic record.
See photos of and read more about the life of Gertrude Ederle here
. Caroline's Comets: A True Story
by Emily Arnold McCully
In 1786, Caroline Herschel became the first woman to discover a comet. She was also the first woman ever to be paid for scientific research. But no one who knew Caroline as a child could possible have predicted her stellar future. Illness scarred her face and stunted her growth. Her mother didn't want Caroline to be educated and insisted that Caroline's role in life was to be the family housekeeper.
Through words, including excerpts from Caroline Herschel's diary, and pictures, Emily Arnold McCully brings Caroline's inspirational story to life.
Dorthea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression
by Carole Boston Weatherford
Before she raised her lens to take her most iconic photo, Dorothea Lange took photos of the downtrodden, from bankers in once-fine suits waiting in breadlines, to former slaves, to the homeless sleeping on sidewalks. A case of polio had left her with a limp and a sympathetic heart to those less fortunate. Traveling across the United States, documenting with her camera and her fieldbook those most affected by the stock market crash, she found the face of the Great Depression. In this picture book biography, Carole Boston Weatherford, with her lyrical prose, captures the spirit of the influential photographer.
Ada Lovelace: Poet of Science
by Diane Stanley
Two hundred years ago, a daughter was born to the famous poet, Lord Byron, and his mathematical wife, Annabella.
Like her father, Ada had a vivid imagination and a creative gift for connecting ideas in original ways. Like her mother, she had a passion for science, math, and machines. It was a very good combination. Ada hoped that one day she could do something important with her creative and nimble mind.
A hundred years before the dawn of the digital age, Ada Lovelace envisioned the computer-driven world we know today. And in demonstrating how the machine would be coded, she wrote the first computer program. She would go down in history as Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer.