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Girls Rule: Ultimate Women's History Month Reading List

Posted by Nicole Finitsis on Mar 20, 2017 8:25:48 PM

It is true - girls, in fact, do rule!  And it is only appropriate that Soul Models, founded on the concept of empowering girls to be their authentic selves, celebrate the stories and trailblazers who have made it possible to be a young woman growing up today. Check out our ultimate reading list in honor of National Women's History Month, showcasing women's accomplishments in the sciences, arts, politics, sports and more. While this list is written with younger minds in consideration, it may even provoke new knowledge for any age. Use as reference for the young girl in your life, or, a gift guide throughout the year!


Girl, You Got It Going On - A List of Story Collections That Remind a Girl With the Power of Many, Anything Can Happen

It would not be National Women's History Month if it weren't for some icons to get us to today.  The following is a comprehensive list of historical female leaders who have made history and have paved the way for future generations.

1.) Eleanor Roosevelt - Our Eleanor: A Scrapbook Look at Eleanor Roosevelt's Remarkable Life.

2.) Shirley Chisholm - Unbought and Unbossed: 40th Anniversary Edition.

3.) Benazir Bhutto - Benazir Bhutto: Pakistani Prime Minister and Activist.

4.) Princess Diana - Diana, Princess of Wales

5.) Anne Frank - Anne Frank's Tales from the Secret Annex: A Collection of Her Shorties, Fables, and Lesser-Known Writings, Revised Edition.

6.) Margaret Thatcher - Madam Prime Minister: A Biography of Margaret Thatcher.

7.) Emmeline Pankhurst - Emmeline Pankhurst (Leading Lives).

"We are here not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers." -Emmeline Pankhurst, 1858-1928

8.) Michelle Obama - Michelle Obama: First Lady and Role Model.

9.) J.K. Rowling - J.K. Rowling: A Life of Magic. 

10.) Queen Elizabeth II - (Tell Me About) Queen Elizabeth II.

11.) Rosa Parks - Rosa Parks: My Story. 

12.) Aung San Suu Kyi - Letters from Burma. 

13.) Marie Curie - Marie Curie: A Biography.  

14.) Ruth Bader Ginsberg - Notorius RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

15.) Coco Chanel - Coco Chanel (Creative Lives).

16.) Amelia Earhart - Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart.

17.) Hilary Clinton - Hilary Clinton: A Woman Living History. 

18.) Florence Nightingale - Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse. 

19.) Billie Jean King - Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women's Sports.

20.) Mother Teresa - Mother Teresa: An Authorized Biography.

 These are just some of the hundreds of others out there to choose from, and, just some of the many influential females on our history!  March is a great time to begin exploring these women's stories and inspire our young women to strive for whatever it is they want in their lives.  Before we know it, our own children will be amongst these lists of inspiring women!  Who inspired you growing up?


Nicole Finitsis

Written by Nicole Finitsis

Meet Nicole! Having been a volunteer herself throughout early school years, Nicole has never wavered from an opportunity to support community organizations. This passion what drove her to various volunteer management positions over the past 9 years. A graduate of UNH’s Thompson School of Applied Science in Community Service Leadership, she went on to earn a self-design Bachelors of Science in Non-Profit Management and Elder Care; both degrees earned while working full-time and paying her own way through. Previously the Director of the statewide senior-to-senior visiting program, the New Hampshire Senior Companion Program, she is now the Volunteer Coordinator for Beacon Hospice in Portsmouth. Nicole has fond memories of several girl-focused programs she participated in school, which has further driven her interest with Seacoast Soul Models. Between being one of the chosen girls to attend Girls State at Rivier College and playing soccer with an all boys soccer team during high school, she has never let anything slow her down. When not working full time, she and her husband of 10 years, Jim, can be found chasing around their 3-year-old fraternal twin boys, Rylan and Quinn, or on a fun family adventure outside hiking or exploring. She is happy to be a contributor to the SSM Blog!