Teens - Discover Women’s Achievements at the Library

Check out staff suggestions in the Teen Room's Women's History Month display.

by Eileen and Sujei March is Women’s History Month, and teens can find plenty of inspiration in the stacks of the SPL. Understanding the impact and achievements women have had in many fields - science, the arts, politics, religion, to name a few - is important for not only girls but also boys to keep in mind. What these women have accomplished have enhanced and enriched the lives of both men and women, boys and girls. And this impact isn’t limited to the stuffy old past either. Today’s women and girls are still working toward social and economic justice. Although women have come a long way this past century, women and girls around the world still struggle for rights to control their bodies, to be respected when they walk on the streets, to choose their careers or goals and other everyday actions. Here we list some items to get you started on learning about women’s great contributions to world society - and some books about strong female characters to give you some inspiration. Also, check out the Teen Room display for staff picks of interesting movies, music and books. Letters to a Young Feminist by Phyllis Chesler Women's rights : changing attitudes 1900-2000 by Kaye Stearman Women's rights by Jennifer A. Hurley Keeping corner by Kashmira Sheth Mujeres: crónica de una rebelión histórica by Juan María Alponte The Yellow wallpaper and other writings by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Blueprints for building better girls: fiction by Elissa Schappell Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson How I live now by Meg Rosoff Dueled by Elsie Chapman Blood red road by Moira Young If I stay by Gayle Forman The miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

Use your Minuteman Library Card to download audio and e-books for your device from the Minuteman Virtual Catalog. Here are some suggestions: Full frontal feminism: a young woman's guide to why feminism matters by Jessica Valenti Almost astronauts: 13 women who dared to dream by Tanya Lee Stone The gender knot: unraveling our patriarchal legacy by Allan G. Johnson Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington When you reach me by Rebecca Stead

If you need to do some research for a school paper, or just want to read about famous women without committing to a book, explore the Somerville Library databases. We suggest starting with the Biography in Context or Opposing Viewpoints databases. And don’t hesitate to ask a librarian for help!

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