Teaching History through the Women in History

I have two daughters. I want them to know they can do or be anything they set their minds to. We have tried many ways in which to teach history in our homeschool. I suddenly realized it might be cool (and relevant) to teach history via Women in History. This offers me the chance to show my girls how smart, strong, independent and influential that woman can be and have been in our history.

Teaching History Through The Women in History from Starts At Eight. Teaching History through the Women in History is a wonderful way to learn about important pieces of history as well as showcasing important women! This is a collection of books, websites, and printables to round out a history study based on women!

Last year I used the Who Was Biographies to teach my then 5th grader history. I loved being able to see a specific time period or event through the eyes of the person. Be sure to check out the Who Was Series Biographies post to grab your FREE Printable Notebooking Pages. They are perfect to use along with studying women in history.

Using the Who Was Series Biographies for Homeschool History {With FREE Printable Notebook Pages} from Starts At Eight

Another way we are working with history these days is through the use of a timeline. You can check out our Timeline Based Middle School American History to get an idea of how it works. Or just purchase this gorgeous Record of Timeline Notebook/Binder to create your own history timeline.

Timeline Based Middle School History {A Two Year American History Plan} from Starts At Eight is a two year plan (including resources) for teaching middle school history with a timeline as the spine.

Women in History Resources

Book Resources

Rad American Women A-Z

Like all A-Z books, this one illustrates the alphabet—but instead of “A is for Apple”, A is for Angela—as in Angela Davis, the iconic political activist. B is for Billie Jean King, who shattered the glass ceiling of sports; C is for Carol Burnett, who defied assumptions about women in comedy; D is for Dolores Huerta, who organized farmworkers; and E is for Ella Baker, who mentored Dr. Martin Luther King and helped shape the Civil Rights Movement.

And the list of great women continues, spanning several centuries, multiple professions, and 26 diverse individuals. There are artists and abolitionists, scientists and suffragettes, rock stars and rabble-rousers, and agents of change of all kinds.

The Women Who Changed The Course of History

This Book Contains the Fundamental History, Early Influences, Life Changing Events, & Lasting Impact of Historical Figures such as Eve, Cleopatra, Isabel the Catholic, Marie Curie, Winnie Mandela, Benazir Bhutto, Juana Azurduy and Many Others!

The body of knowledge around this subject is so extensive that Dominique Atkinson has skillfully compressed thousands of books, scriptures and teachings of these historical figures into this easy to read book. Of each of these Great Women, you will learn who they were, where they came from, who influenced them, the fundamental turning points in their lives, and what where their lasting contributions to the world.

DK Amazing Women

From world leaders to explorers to writers, artists, and performers, discover more than 40 women who changed the world and celebrate them! This book is perfect for 9–11 year olds who are reading independently, or as a simple get the facts and go reader for older kids.

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DK 100 Women Who Made History

From super scientists like Marie Curie and Rosalind Franklin to clued-up creatives like Emily Dickinson and J.K. Rowling to leading ladies like Joan of Arc and Eleanor Roosevelt, profiles explore the lives of each woman in detail, and photography and quirky “bobble-head” illustrations present history in a new and fun way. Kids can put each woman’s story into context with “what came before…” and “what came after…” panels showing the things that influenced and were influenced by each woman.

DK Eyewitness First Ladies

From Martha Washington to America’s newest first lady, Melania Trump, meet the 46 exceptional women who left their mark on the White House. See how the role of the First Lady has evolved from being a gracious hostess to encompassing humanitarian work and even policy making. This book is filled with amazing facts, full-color photographs of personal mementos, family pictures, and campaign memorabilia.

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Who Was Series Biographies

Women in History Who Was Books – Read Who Was Biographies about great women such as Amelia Earhart, Anne Frank, Helen Keller, Rosa Parks, Michelle Obama and more! Also be sure to grab these FREE Printable Notebooking Pages for your kids to record what they are learning!

Web Resources for Women in History

  1. A list of Women Achievers – Explore an online list of over 30 women of achievement.
  2. National Women’s History Project – The National Women’s History Project recognizes and celebrates the diverse and historic accomplishments of women by providing informational services and educational and promotional materials.


Check out these FREE and low cost printable worksheets and unit studies to enhance the learning!

  1. Women in History Worksheets from Education.com
  2. Historic Women World Leaders – A Make a Match Worksheet
  3. Women’s History Month Worksheets
  4. Women’s History: American Women Unit Study (Grades 3-12) Lessons Include: American Women Firsts, The Right to Vote, Women in Aviation, Women Inventors, Dear Mrs. Senator, Women and War, and Great Women in the Family.
  5. Women’s History Part 2 (Grades 3-12) Lessons Include: Notable Events in Women’s History, Women Rule!, Women Nobel Prize Winners, Women in Sports, Women in Art, and Women in Music