When you think of the month of March, the first thing that pops into your head probably isn’t “Wahoo, it’s Women’s History Month!” But it is! I know that when I think of March, one of the first things I get excited about is college basketball and the time known as “March Madness.” To honor the many literary women who have made our history so rich, I’ve imagined what would happen if these two significant March events combined… (Note: No authors were harmed in the making of this cartoon).
If you want to know more about some of the women featured in this cartoon, check out these great titles!
- Jane Austen is one of the most celebrated and famous writers in history. Learn more about her in Jane Austen: A Life Revealed by Catherine Reef, currently nominated for the 2012 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award
- Edith Wharton was the first female author to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Learn about her life in The Brave Escape of Edith Wharton: A Biography by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge, nominated for the 2011 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award
- Maya Angelou’s autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is one of YALSA’s Outstanding Books for the College Bound. She is a successful actress, filmaker, composer, writer, and poet who was comissioned to write a poem for the 1993 innauguration of President Clinton.
- Eleanor Roosevelt changed the role of the First Lady forever when her compassion and ceaseless energy helped to guide America through the Great Depression and beyond. She was active in the formation of the United Nations, and chaired President Kennedy’s Presidential Committee on the Status of Women. Learn more about her life in Our Eleanor: A Scrapbook Look at Eleanor Roosevelt’s Remarkable Life by Candace Fleming, on YALSA’s 2006 list of Best Books for Young Adults.
- Typhoid Mary was a real person! A fictionalized account of her life and times, and the struggle for women to gain a place in the field of medicine and science, can be found in Deadly by Julie Chibbaro.
- To learn about women’s fight for equality in the world of sports, check out Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX, the Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America by Karen Blumenthal, an Outstanding Book for the College Bound and a 2006 Best Book for Young Adults
— Mia Cabana, currently reading Choke by Diana Lopez