Rad Women Your Girls (and Boys!) Should Read About

by Laura Lambert

Illustration: Nathan Gelgud

If you Google it, the “Year of the Woman” was back in 1992, when an unprecedented number of women took U.S. Senate seats. That was the first election I ever voted in, and it makes me pretty proud.

And that was just the beginning! Kamala Harris is the first female vice president in our nation’s history, there are four women on the U.S. Supreme Court, and women make up more than a quarter of all members in Congress—the highest percentage in U.S. history and a significant increase from 1992.

And that’s just American politics.

Sisters are seriously doin’ it for themselves — and there’s a slew of books that prove how women have been making history since the beginning of, well, history. Here are notable nonfiction titles for early and middle grade readers.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2016 and updated in 2024.