Changing the World… One Amazing Woman at a Time

A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women, by Lynne Cheney

Remember the Ladies: 100 Great American Women, by Cheryl Harness

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream, by Tanya Lee Stone

The First Woman Doctor, by Rachel Baker and Elizabeth Blackwell: America’s First Woman Doctor, by Olson & Nathan

My Life with the Chimpanzees, by Jane Goodall

Champion of the World

Well “female bicycling champion of the world” that is.

Tillie Anderson, the Terrible Swede, claimed that title from 1897 to 1902.

Want to know more? Check out the following resources:

Tillie Anderson website


Tillie the Terrible Swede: How One Woman, a Sewing Needle, and a Bicycle Changed History, by Sue Stauffacher

Bravery, Dedication, and a Stack of Books

Sometimes it is hard to remember that things we often take for granted now were in times past hard to obtain and deeply treasured. So it is with me and books. I  always have a stack of books that I am either reading or looking forward to starting. Whether they are my own or on loan from the library or a friend, books are a constant in my life. I rarely even have to wait for a book I really want to read.

However, this was not so for those living in Appalachia during the 1930s. To combat this isolation and lack of resources, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal” created programs like eastern Kentucky’s Pack Horse Library Project designed to provide reading materials to rural portions of Eastern Kentucky that had no access to public libraries. These “Book Women” (the Pack Horse Librarians) rode horses or mules and traveled 50 to 80 miles a week along rough and dangerous terrain to bring books and other reading materials to their patrons.

For a look into this time period and the brave, hardworking women who made this possible, check out the following resources:

Pack Horse Librarians website

Appalachian History: Stories, quotes and anecdotes website

Kentucky Kinfolk website

10 Engines website


Looking for ideas to engage your students in this learning process? Check out these activities:

Reading Guide for That Book Woman (from TeacherVision)

Kids Book Club website

Yes, We Can!

In honor of Women’s History Month, I’ve decided to focus on some amazing women for the next few weeks.

Have you heard of Harriet Quimby? She may not be as well-known as Amelia Earhart, but Harriet also had some amazing accomplishments throughout her lifetime.

Curious? Check out Brave Harriet: The First Women to Fly the English Channel by Marissa Moss.

Want to learn more? Visit the Who Was Harriet Quimby? web page and check out these links:
After getting to know Harriet Quimby and learning about her contributions to the world of flight, have your student “dive deeper” with one of the following activities:
  • compare/contrast (in pictures and/or a graphic organizer) Harriet’s brave actions with one of their own experiences that required bravery
  • brainstorm a list of synonyms for bravery (courage, fearlessness, valor, etc.) and create a collage illustrating these concepts
  • create a character map using a graphic organizer like this or this