Women's History Month

Winter Wanderlust

Women’s History Month is a perfect time to seek out the many accomplishments of women throughout history that are often overlooked. This digital display highlights the challenges, successes, and future of women, feminists, and intersectionality.

All the items on this digital display are available for free online with your NPL library card.


Click on each section below to browse our recommendations. Each title is available through one (or more) of the Naperville Public Library's digital resources.


Absolutely Alfie and the Furry, purry Secret

Warner, Sally
Seven-year-old Alfie Jakes isn't thrilled when her mom organizes end-of-summer playdates with her soon-to-be classmate, Hanni. Hanni is kind of bossy. So Alfie is relieved when Hanni is more fun to play with then she thought. Even better, she shows Alfie her cat--who has kittens! Catalog

Ada Twist, Scientist

Beaty, Andrea
Ada Twist is a very curious girl who shows perseverance by asking questions and performing experiments to find things out and understand the world. Catalog Hoopla

A Girl Like You

Murphy, Frank & Carla
Encourages every girl to embrace all of the things that make her unique, to be strong and kind, to stand up for herself, and more. Catalog

Grace for President

DiPucchio, Kelly
When Grace discovers that there has never been a female U.S. president, she decides to run for school president. Catalog Kanopy

Big Words for Fearless Girls: 600 Big Words for Girls with Big Dreams

Miles, Stephanie & David
Learn about women in sports, science, engineering, business, the arts, and much more, along with 600 powerful words girls will need to pursue their big dreams. Catalog

Dress Coded

Firestone, Carrie
In this debut middle-grade girl-power friendship story, an eighth grader starts a podcast to protest the unfair dress code enforcement at her middle school and sparks a rebellion. Molly Frost is FED UP... Because Olivia was yelled at for wearing a tank top. Because Liza got dress coded and Molly didn't, even though they were wearing the exact same outfit. OverDrive

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

Favilli, Elena & Francesca Cavallo
To the rebel girls of the world: dream bigger, aim higher, fight harder, and, when in doubt, remember you are right. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls reinvents fairy tales, inspiring girls with the stories of 100 heroic women from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams and illustrated by 60 female artists from every corner of the globe. OverDrive

Malala: Activist for Girls' Education

Frier, Raphaele
This beautiful biography outlines the events that led to Malala Yousafzai becoming the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner and her fight for children's education. Catalog Hoopla

Rad American Women A-Z

Schatz, Kate
Profiled are 26 American women from the 18th through 21st centuries, who have made-or are still making--history as artists, writers, teachers, lawyers, or athletes. The women come from a variety of economic and ethnic backgrounds and many had to overcome extreme hardships. One woman represents each alphabetical letter beginning with Angela Davis, an activist, teacher, and writer, and concludes with Zora Neale Hurston, an anthropologist and writer. Catalog OverDrive Axis360

I am Enough

Byers, Grace
This is a gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another—from Empire actor and activist Grace Byers and talented newcomer artist Keturah A. Bobo. We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it. Catalog OverDrive

Merci Suarez Changes Gears

Medina, Meg
Merci Suárez begins the sixth grade and knows things will change, but she did not count on her grandfather acting strangely, not fitting in at her private school, and dealing with Edna Santos' jealousy. Catalog OverDrive

Funny Girl : funniest. stories. ever.

Bird, Betsy
Presents a collection of humorous stories from over two dozen contemporary female writers, as well as autobiographical essays, comics, poems, and comic strips. OverDrive

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark became the ocean's most fearless scientist

Keating, Jess
At 9 years old, Eugenie Clark developed an unexpected passion for sharks after a visit to the Battery Park Aquarium in New York City. At the time, sharks were seen as mindless killing machines, but Eugenie knew better and set out to prove it. Hoopla

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell

Stone, Tanya Lee
A biography of the first woman doctor in the United States. Hoopla

Bold & Brave: TenHeroes who won women the right to vote

Kalman, Maira
Here are the stories of ten leaders who strove to win the right to vote for American women--a journey that took more than seventy years of passionate commitment. From well-known figures, such as Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth to lesser known women such as Alice Paul and Mary Church Terrell, these are heroes who dreamed big and never gave up. OverDrive

Women Who Changed the World

Fabrizio, Alex
The sky’s the limit in this feminist primer filled with activists, scientists, world leaders, and more. With charming illustrations of familiar figures like Harriet Tubman and Queen Elizabeth I, this little book introduces your child to extraordinary women from around the globe. Catalog

Shaking things up: 14 Young Women who changed the world

Hood, Susan
Shaking Things Up introduces fourteen revolutionary young women—each paired with a noteworthy female artist—to the next generation of activists, trail-blazers, and rabble-rousers. From author Susan Hood, this is a poetic and visual celebration of persistent women throughout history. Catalog

Helen's Big World

Rappaport, Doreen
This biography is an excellent and accessible introduction for youngsters to learn about one of the world's most influential luminaries. Helen Keller's poignant narrative is beautifully captured in this unforgettable portrait of a woman whose vision for innovation and progress changed America and the world forever. Kanopy

Out of Left Field

Ellen Klages
In 1957, inspired by what she is learning about civil rights and armed with knowledge of female ball players, ten-year-old Katy Gordon fights to be allowed to play Little League baseball. OverDrive

Pashmina

Nidhi Chanani
Indian-American teen, Priyanka "Pri" Das, attempts to reconnect with her mother's homeland through a magical pashmina shawl. Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? Catalog OverDrive

Audacity

Melanie Crowder
A historical fiction novel in verse detailing the life of Clara Lemlich and her struggle for women's labor rights in the early 20th century in New York Catalog Axis360

You Should See Me in a Crown

Leah Johnson
Liz Lighty has always done her best to avoid the spotlight in her small, wealthy, and prom-obsessed midwestern high school, after all, her family is black and rather poor, especially since her mother died; instead she has concentrated on her grades and her musical ability in the hopes that it will win her a scholarship to elite Pennington College and their famous orchestra. OverDrive

Butterfly Yellow

Thanhha Lai
A Vietnam War refugee in Texas partners with a city boy with rodeo dreams to track down the younger brother she was separated from six years before when he was evacuated by American troops during the waning days of the Vietnam War. Catalog OverDrive

Chaotic Good

Whitney Garnder
Cameron wants only to complete her costume portfolio in peace, but when a trip to the local comic shop results in a hostile reception from a male employee, she returns disguised as a boy at her twin brother's suggestion and finds herself drafted into a D&D campaign. Catalog

Flygirl

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

Glow

Megan Bryant
Discovering a series of antique paintings containing hidden glowing images, a young thrift-store aficionado investigates their origins and discovers the haunting true story of a group of young women artists, the Radium Girls, who used dangerous radioactive paint to create the world's first glow-in-the-dark products. Catalog

I'm Not Dying with You Tonight

Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal
Told from two viewpoints, Atlanta high school seniors Lena and Campbell, one black, one white, must rely on each other to survive after a football rivalry escalates into a riot. Hoopla

Juliet Takes a Breath

Gabby Rivera
For fans of Bloom and Spinning, critically-acclaimed writer Gabby Rivera (Marvel's America) adapts her bestselling novel alongside artist Celia Moscote in an unforgettable queer coming-of-age story exploring race, identity and what it means to be true to your amazing self. Hoopla OverDrive

Lies We Tell Ourselves

Robin Talley
In 1959 Virginia, Sarah, a black student who is one of the first to attend a newly integrated school, forces Linda, a white integration opponent's daughter, to confront harsh truths when they work together on a school project. Catalog Hoopla OverDrive

Nowhere Girls

Amy Reed
Three misfit girls come together to avenge the rape of a girl none of them knew and in the process start a movement that transforms the lives of everyone around them Catalog OverDrive

Rebel Girls

Elizabeth Keenan
When a rumor starts in her Catholic high school that her pro-life sister Helen had an abortion over the summer, pro-choice Athena and her friends must try to convince the student body and the administration that it doesn't matter what Helen did or didn't do. Catalog

Saving Savannah

Tonya Bolden
Savannah Riddle feels suffocated by her life as the daughter of an upper class African American family in Washington, D.C., until she meets a working-class girl named Nella who introduces her to the suffragette and socialist movements and to her politically active cousin Lloyd. Catalog Hoopla

Slay

Brittney Morris
An honors student at Jefferson Academy, seventeen-year-old Keira enjoys developing and playing Slay, a secret, multiplayer online role-playing game celebrating black culture, until the two worlds collide. Catalog OverDrive Axis360

The Good Girls

Claire Eliza Bartlett
The troublemaker. The overachiever. The cheer captain. The dead girl. Like every high school in America, Jefferson-Lorne High contains all of the above. After the shocking murder of senior Emma Baines, three of her classmates are at the top of the suspect list: Claude, the notorious partier; Avery, the head cheerleader; and Gwen, the would-be valedictorian. OverDrive

The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly

Jamie Pacton
Working as a Wench--i.e., waitress--at a cheesy medieval- themed restaurant in the Chicago suburbs, Kit Sweetly wishes she could be a Knight like her brother. She has the moves, is capable on a horse, and desperately needs the raise that comes with knighthood, so she can hold a spot at her dream college and help her mom pay the mortgage. Catalog

These Witches Don't Burn

Isabel Sterling
When evidence of dark magic begins to appear all over Salem, Massachusetts, Elemental Witch Hannah and her ex-girlfriend Veronica are forced to team up to stop the deadly attacks. Catalog OverDrive

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All

Laura Ruby
When Frankie's mother died and her father left her and her siblings at an orphanage in Chicago, it was supposed to be only temporary - just long enough for him to get back on his feet and be able to provide for them once again. OverDrive

Under a Painted Sky

Stacey Lee
In 1845, Sammy, a Chinese American girl, and Annamae, an African American slave girl, disguise themselves as boys and travel on the Oregon Trail to California from Missouri Catalog Hoopla OverDrive Axis360

Moxie

Jennifer Mathieu
In a small Texas town where high school football reigns supreme, Viv, sixteen, starts a feminist revolution using anonymously-written zines. OverDrive

A Soldier's Secret

Marissa Moss
Nineteen-year-old Sarah masquerades as a man during the Civil War, serving as a nurse on the battlefield and a spy for the Union Army, escaping from the Confederates, and falling in love with one of her fellow soldiers. Based on the life of Sarah Emma Edmonds. Catalog

Feminism Inshallah: A history of Arab feminism

Feriel Ben Mahmoud
The struggle for Muslim women's emancipation is often portrayed stereotypically as a showdown between Western and Islamic values, but Arab feminism has existed for more than a century. This groundbreaking documentary recounts Arab feminism's largely unknown story, from its taboo-shattering birth in Egypt by feminist pioneers up through viral Internet campaigns by today's tech-savvy young activists during the Arab Spring. Kanopy

Hamilton & Peggy

L.M. Elliot
Peggy Schuyler has always felt like she’s existed in the shadows of her beloved sisters: the fiery, intelligent Angelica and the beautiful, sweet Eliza. The three of them have a magnetic pull—they are stronger together than they are alone. But it’s in the throes of a chaotic war that Peggy finds herself a central figure amid Loyalists and Patriots, spies and traitors, and friends and family. Catalog

Women's March

Mischa Hedges
Shot on location in five U.S. cities, WOMEN'S MARCH is a story about democracy, human rights, and what it means to stand up for your values in today's America. On January 21, 2017, hundreds of thousands of women marched on Washington, D.C. That same day, hundreds of sister marches took place nationally and globally to become the largest one-day protest in American history. Kanopy

Union Maids

Jim Klein, Julia Reichert, Miles Mogulescu
Sitdowns, scabs, goon squads, unemployment, hunger marches, red baiting and finally the energetic birth of the CIO: the 1930s were a landmark period for the American labor movement. UNION MAIDS is the story of three women who lived that history and make it come alive today. It was the first film of its kind-an oral history, using a wealth of footage from the National Archives to chronicle the fight to form industrial unions as seen through the eyes of rank and file women. The film was widely distributed in 16mm, including theatrical dates in about 20 cities. Kanopy

A Place of Rage

Pratibha Parmar
This exuberant celebration of African American women and their achievements features interviews with Angela Davis, June Jordan and Alice Walker. Within the context of the civil rights, Black power and feminist movements, the trio reassess how women such as Rosa Parks and Fannie Lou Hamer revolutionized American society. Kanopy

Hood Feminism : Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot

Mikki Kendall
A collection of essays taking aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement, arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women. OverDrive Axis360

Suffrage : Women's Long Battle for the Vote

Ellen Carol DuBois
DuBois explains how suffragists built a determined coalition of moderate lobbyists and radical demonstrators in forging a strategy of winning voting rights in crucial states to set the stage for securing suffrage for all American women in the Constitution. In vivid prose DuBois describes suffragists’ final victories in Congress and state legislatures, culminating in the last, most difficult ratification, in Tennessee. Catalog

I'm Judging You

Luvvie Ajayi
With a lighthearted, razor sharp wit and a unique perspective, I'm Judging You is the handbook the world needs, doling out the hard truths and a road map for bringing some "act right" into our lives, social media, and popular culture. It is the Do-Better Manual. Catalog OverDrive

A Black Women's History of the United States

Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross
A Black Women's History of the United States is a critical survey of black women's complicated legacy in America, as it takes into account their exploitation and victimization as well as their undeniable and substantial contributions to the country since its inception. Catalog

Barracoon : The Story of the Last

Zora Neale Hurston
Based on interviews, featuring Cudjo’s unique vernacular, and written from Hurston’s perspective with the compassion and singular style that have made her one of the preeminent American authors of the twentieth-century, Barracoon masterfully illustrates the tragedy of slavery and of one life forever defined by it. Offering insight into the pernicious legacy that continues to haunt us all, black and white, this poignant and powerful work is an invaluable contribution to our shared history and culture. Catalog

In West Mills

De'Shawn Charles Winslow
For readers of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie and The Turner House, an intimately told story about a woman living by her own rules and the rural community that struggles to understand her. Azalea “Knot” Centre is determined to live life as she pleases. Let the people of West Mills say what they will; the neighbors’ gossip won’t keep Knot from what she loves best: cheap moonshine, nineteenth-century literature, and the company of men. And yet, Knot is starting to learn that her freedom comes at a high price. Catalog

Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick

Zora Neale Hurston
Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick is an outstanding collection of stories about love and migration, gender and class, racism and sexism that proudly reflect African American folk culture. Brought together for the first time in one volume, they include eight of Hurston's "lost" Harlem stories, which were found in forgotten periodicals and archives. Hoopla OverDrive Axis360

Rebel

Beverly Jenkins
The first novel in USA Today Bestselling Author Beverly Jenkins's compelling new series follows a Northern woman south in the chaotic aftermath of the Civil War . . . OverDrive

The Flapper Queens : Women Cartoonists of the Jazz Age

Trina Robbins
Fantagraphics celebrates The Flapper Queens, a gorgeous oversized hardcover collection of full-color comic strips. In addition to featuring the more well-known cartoonists of the era, such as Ethel Hays, Nell Brinkley, and Virginia Huget. Catalog

Sister Citizen

Melissa V. Harris-Perry
In this groundbreaking book, Melissa V. Harris-Perry uses multiple methods of inquiry, including literary analysis, political theory, focus groups, surveys, and experimental research, to understand more deeply black women's political and emotional responses to pervasive negative race and gender images. Hoopla

Spymistress : The Life of Vera Atkins, The Greatest Female Secret Agent of World War II

William Stevenson
A rousing tale of espionage and unsung valor, this is the captivating true story of Vera Atkins, Great Britain's spymistress from the age of 25. With her fierce intelligence, blunt manner, personal courage, and exceptional informants, Vera ran countless missions throughout the 1930s. After rising to the leadership echelon in the Special Operations Executive (SOE), a covert intelligence agency formed by Winston Churchill, she became head of a clandestine army in World War II. Hoopla

Feminism : A Graphic Guide

Cathia Jenainati ; [illustrated by] Judy Groves & Jem Milton
In this unique, illustrated introduction, we’ll explore the early history of conscious struggle against sexist oppression, through the modern “waves” of feminism, up to present-day conversations about MeToo, intersectional feminism, and women’s rights in the Middle East. Catalog

Crafting with Feminism : 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy

Bonnie Burto
Features 25 irreverent and easy-to-make projects that celebrate everything that rocks about girls, gals, and badass women. Catalog

Can we all be feminists? : new writing from Brit Bennett, Nicole Dennis-Benn, and 15 others on intersectionality, identity, and the way forward for feminism

Edited by June Eric-Udorie
Each of the essays in this collection, compiled by UK writer Eric-Udorie, address from different perspectives the challenges of identifying as feminist in light of intersectional struggles within a community. Catalog

Finding a Job at Companies that Embrace Diversity and Inclusion

Chris Taylor
Each of the essays in this collection, compiled by UK writer Eric-Udorie, address from different perspectives the challenges of identifying as feminist in light of intersectional struggles within a community. Catalog

Empathy in Business: Design for Success

Bonnie Siegler
In this course, instructor Bonnie Siegler covers empathy in society, design, and communications, then walks you through an empathy workshop. First, Bonnie defines empathy and teaches why you need it in your business. She discusses empathy in the public space, plus how to win friends and influence people. Catalog