Ten Books to Inspire the Next Wonder Woman

I have watched the new Wonder Woman trailer at least 5 times. My Daughter? I think she just considers it an activity she must do hourly. “Get up, stretch, drink water, watch trailer, kick ass and take names.” I can hardly blame her. When I was little, we had Jem, Sheera, Xena, Buffy, and I loved all of them. I came after the immortal island lady, and before Emily the Strange. Nevertheless, I loved the heroes I had. Especially Buffy. Ok, and Giles. I really, really, loved Giles. OH! And Willow. MOVING ON! I want her to be inspired by these fictional wonders, but I also want her to know that there are everyday heroes out there that deserve just as much, if not more attention. So I’ve made a list of Ten Books to Inspire the Next Wonder Woman. Because we all have in us the power to do great things and accomplish more than we ever thought possible, and I want our daughters to know that.

Recently, my daughter made a terrifying statement. When we were talking about jobs and the future, I told her she could be whatever it is she wanted to be…even the president. She looked at me, and with the knowledge of only what she’s witnessed in her 5 years on this earth told me that it wasn’t possible. “Because, Momma, even when we win, we lose.” It was like a knife to the gut. I told her that we just have to keep fighting, especially when it seems impossible. And she will.

And she will not be underestimated–unless she wants to be. She is a tricky beastie. So cute to be so utterly devious. Ahhh, my pride is much and my heart is full. She’ll smash the patriarchy with her guileless face and iron claw.

Without further ado…

Ten Books to Inspire the Next Wonder Woman

Ten Books to Inspire the Next Wonder Woman

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Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World 
by Cynthia Chin-Lee (Author), Megan Halsey (Illustrator), Sean Addy (Illustrator)

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
by Rachel Ignotofsky

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark 
by Debbie Levy (Author), Elizabeth Baddeley (Illustrator)

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation 
by Duncan Tonatiuh
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 tales of extraordinary women
by Elena Favilli (Author), Francesca Cavallo (Author)

A is for Activist 
by Innosanto Nagara

Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History 
by Kate Schatz (Author), Miriam Klein Stahl (Illustrator)

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist 
by Cynthia Levinson (Author), Vanessa Brantley Newton (Illustrator)

Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx / La juez que crecio en el Bronx 
by Jonah Winter (Author), Edel Rodriguez (Illustrator)

Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words 
by Karen Leggett Abouraya (Author), L. C. Wheatley (Illustrator)

And a Bonus! (one to grow on!)

Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women 
by Catherine Thimmesh (Author), Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)

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