Amazing Women’s History Resources for Kids of All Ages
From films to museums to podcasts, here are some fun ways for young people to learn more about extraordinary women, past and present.
Megan Baldwin and Sarah Burns
The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Women’s History Month introduces kids to the incredible stories of women who have dreamed of and done big things. But most resources online rarely do these women’s lives or stories justice. With museums, podcasts, and streaming sites celebrating amazing women, now's the perfect time to for your family to get curious and explore the many facets of Women’s History. Here’s our round-up of ways to really dive into Women’s History Month. Note: All of these resources are best for school-aged kids and require some sit-still time with a grown-up.
“Not Done: Women Remaking America”
In this documentary, MAKERS Women takes a look at the last five years of the women’s movement and the advancements that have been made in the fight for equality. This timely film introduces modern trailblazers — journalists, athletes, and activists — and milestone moments, showing the progress that’s been made and the distance left to go.
National Geographic's “JANE”
Legendary scientist and conservationist Jane Goodall is best known for her 26-year study of chimpanzees. Her work changed the way we looked at the natural world. With this award-winning documentary, director Brett Morgen tells Jane’s extraordinary life story — perfect to inspire a kid who dreams of one day saving the planet.
Not all heroes wear capes — some wear robes. This film introduces Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and tells the story of her lifelong fight for equality and justice. Discover how Ruth found her voice, stood her ground, and became an unlikely hero who led the fight for equal rights for all.
“He Named Me Malala”
Can one girl change the world? The answer is yes! This inspiring documentary is about Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who fought for her right to an education, even when they tried to silence her. Malala’s story will inspire kids of all ages to use their power to create change and be brave in the face of injustice.
"What if you weren’t allowed to go to school?" It's a question your child might never have considered — but a very real problem facing 10% of school-aged girls worldwide. Girl Rising introduces the stories of nine girls from around the world, fighting for their right to an education. The powerful film explores many of the obstacles girls face around the world, including disturbing issues like child marriage and human trafficking.
Frida Kahlo Museum
Frida Kahlo loved bright colors and had a vivid imagination, and that’s reflected in her Mexico City museum, which will give kids a glimpse at how Frida lived and the things that inspired her, from butterflies to flowers. Step inside her bright blue house, La Casa Azul, to discover the place she called home.
One Life: Amelia Earhart Exhibit
Amelia Earhart loved to fly and became the first woman pilot to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean in an airplane. Before she flew into history, she was a fearless kid who wasn’t afraid to ask questions and explore the world. In this exhibition by the Smithsonian Museum, kids can get to know Amelia through old videos, portraits, and memorabilia.
Dorothea Lange: The Politics of Seeing
Dorothea Lange documented American life through the lens of a camera, taking photographs that portrayed some of the most powerful moments of the 20th century. This exhibition shows how Lange’s work continues to resonate with millions and inspire new generations of artist-activists, illustrating the power of photography as a form of dissidence.
Ella at 100: Celebrating the Artistry of Ella Fitzgerald
Take the stage with legendary jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald! This exhibition teaches kids all about Ella’s life, music, and how to have confidence, even in the face of criticism. Discover old costumes, recordings of her jazz music, and classic photographs. Next stop, center stage!
The Women of NASA at the Women’s History Museum
Did you know that women helped land a man on the moon? You’ll meet the incredible scientists, mathematicians, and pioneering engineers who were behind many notable missions at NASA — and yes, they were women! Travel back in time with photographs that capture these women and their extraordinary accomplishments.
Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words at the Library of Congress
Rosa Parks stood up for equality by sitting down. This collection gives kids a closer look at the woman best known for her refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Hear from Rosa herself as your family learns how her defiance ignited a movement and inspired others in the fight for civil rights.
A Seat at the Table
“If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring in a folding chair,” said Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm. A Seat at the Table turns Shirley’s defiant spirit into art and explores how she helped make politics more inclusive and equitable. As part of the exhibition, 20 artists created chairs that were inspired by trailblazers throughout history.
“Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: The Podcast”
Is your girl a rebel? The popular Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls books come to life as an inspiring podcast that introduces kids to the lives and stories of extraordinary real-life women. Each episode tells the story of modern-day heroes and icons, with help from renowned innovators, and leaders like Gayle King and Melinda Gates.
“NASA’s Human Computers”
During World War II, a labor shortage forced the military to hire African American women with mathematical skills to help make complicated computations for warplane designs. This podcast introduces the stories of these pioneering women and how they helped NASA astronauts land on the moon.
“The #HerStory Podcast”
Women make history, but they rarely make textbooks. Enter: The #HerStory Podcast, which tells the stories of 50 women through the voices of present-day heroes. Discover extraordinary women like nurse Irena Sendler, poet Zora Neale Hurston, and Edna St. Vincent Millay — with each episode offering a quick lesson on an important woman’s life and accomplishments.