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Who Was?®In Women’s History

Our family has loved the Who Was…..? series for a long time.  Earlier this year, I posted a list of the books in the series about US Presidents and First Ladies.  I was curious this week to see how many books there were featuring women that could be used to study women’s history.  Here is a list of the books, 44 in all, and the different topics and subjects they could be used to teach.  They are listed in chronological order by when the women lived.  At the bottom, you can download a FREE reading comprehension bookmark to accompany the books!  There is also a link to a set of notebooking pages that can be used with 5 of the books.   (Note: click on the titles or pictures to learn more about the books.)

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Who Was Joan of Arc? : Learn more about her role in the Hundred Years’ War between France and England.

Who Was Queen Elizabeth I? : Learn about the late 1500s in British History.

Who Was Marie Antoinette? : Continue learning about European history with the start of the French Revolution in the late 1700s.

Who Was Abigail Adams? : Learn about the American Revolution and the beginning of the United States.  It could also be read as part of a study of first ladies.Who Was Betsy Ross? : Another good choice for learning about the early United States.

 Who Was Jane Austen? : Use as part of a study of authors and literature.Who Was Sacagawea? :  Learn more about the Lewis and Clark Expedition or use as part of a Native American study.  Check out our Sacagawea FREE Unit Study!Who Was Queen Victoria? : Include this book in a study of British history as it covers most of the 18th century.Who Was Sojourner Truth? : This book would be a great part of a Civil War study or of women working toward the right to vote.Who Was Harriett Beecher Stowe? : Another book to include in  a Civil War study.Who Was Clara Barton? : This book is a great look at the development of the profession of nursing and the Red Cross or as part of a Civil War study. Was Harriet Tubman? : Another good one to include in a Civil War study, especially focusing on the Underground Railroad.  Check out our Harriet Tubman FREE Unit Study.Who Was Susan B. Anthony? :If you are studying the women’s fight for the right to vote, you need this book.

Who Was Annie Oakley? : This is a fun book that could be included in a study on entertainers over the course of history.

Who Was Marie Curie? : This would make a great part of a science study, especially chemistry.

Who Was Laura Ingalls Wilder? : This book could be included in a study of authors or settling the American West  It could be followed by reading some of the books she wrote.

Who Was Beatrix Potter? : Another book to include in a study about authors or as part of nature study and the need for conservation.

Who Was Helen Keller? : A great book about overcoming disabilities.  Check out our FREE unit study: Explore Helen Keller’s Life with Hands-On Activities.

Who Was Amelia Earhart? : Can be included in a history of aviation.  Check out our FREE Unit Study about Amelia Earhart that you can use with this book.

Who Was Frida Kahlo? : Include in a study about artists or to incorporate the Mexican culture in a study about culture.

Who Was Rachel Carson? : A good science read and could be incorporated in a study about conservation of the earth.

Who Was Eleanor Roosevelt? : Include in a study of first ladies, as she changed the role of the First Lady greatly.

Who Was Anne Frank? : Any study of the Holocaust or World War II would benefit from this book.

Who Was Maria Tallchief? : Include this ballet dancer in a study of arts or of Native Americans.

Who Was Mother Teresa? : Wonderful for talking about poverty and learning more about India and sacrificial giving.

Who Was Lucille Ball? : Great to include in a study of entertainment or arts.

Who Was Rosa Parks? : Perfect for a study of the Civil Rights Movement.  Check out our Rosa Parks FREE Unit Study that accompanies this book!

Who Was Jacqueline Kennedy? : Another one to include in a study of first ladies.

Who Was Coretta Scott King? : Include in a study of the Civil Rights Movement or black history.

Who Was Ruth Bader Ginsberg? : The second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, she would be a great addition to studies of government and laws.  There is also a board book for Ruth Bader Ginsberg for the littlest of learners!

Who Is Aretha Franklin? : Include in a study of arts and entertainment or black history.

Who Is Jane Goodall? : This would be a great book to include in a science study of animals.

Who Was Julia Child? : This would be fun to read and then try some of her recipes!  Check out our Julia Child FREE Unit Study.

Who Is Dolly Parton? : Great for a music study. Listen to some of her songs to as part of the study.

Who Is Gloria Steinem? : This book is a key part of a study of the women’s rights movement.

Who Was Maya Angelou? : Another great one for a study of authors or poetry.  Listening to her read some of her poems would be a great addition.

Who Was Princess Diana? : A look at British royalty as well as serving others.

Who Was Sally Ride? : Great to include in a science study of astronomy and astronauts.

Who Was Selena? : Another one to include in a study of music, especially if studying Latin music.

Who Is Hillary Clinton? : Include this book in a study of first ladies or modern politics.

Who Is JK Rowling? : Another author study that could be followed by reading the Harry Potter books or watching the movies.

Who Is Michelle Obama? : Include this book in a study of first ladies or modern politics.

Who Is Sonia Sotomayor? : This book would be great as part of studying the judicial branch of the government.

Who Are Venus and Serena Williams? : A wonderful book for sports fans or to include in a black history study.

Who Is Malala Yousafzai? : A look at the influence of the Taliban, life in Pakistan, and the difficulties females face in receiving an education in some parts of the world.

What is the Women’s Rights Movement?: Finally, if you are not sure where to start, maybe this recent addition to the “Who Was…?” Series is just the place!

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Mother of 3

    We’ve read a few of them but there were a couple on here that I had no heard/seen before. Pinned!

    1. Mother of 3

      I wanted to let you know that I co-host a weekly learning linky party and we’d LOVE to see blog posts like this linked up. Every Tuesday at 6am EST you can find a link up on my blog– https://ourunschoolingjourney.

    2. Randi Smith

      Sometimes I wonder how they choose the people they do! 🙂

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