December Birthday – Sarah Emma Edmonds, SARAH EMMA EDMONDS WAS A GREAT PRETENDER

Sarah Edmonds, nurse, soldier, spy
December 1841-September 5, 1898

Sarah Emma Edmonds Was A Great Pretender: The True Story of a Civil War Spy by Carrie Jones, illustrated by Mark Oldroyd (Carolrhoda Books, 2011)

Sarah Emma Edmonds was a great pretender. She disguised herself as a male nurse to join the Army in 1861, and she fought in the Civil War as a soldier. She went on pretending to be many other people including a spy for the North and a male African slave. What a brave woman!

The Handbook of Texas Online offers a biography of Edmonds, who ultimately moved to Texas with her family.

December 9 Birthday: Grace Hopper, AMELIA TO ZORA: TWENTY-SIX WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD


Grace Hopper, naval officer and computer scientist
Dec. 9, 1906-Jan. 1, 1992

Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World by  Cynthia Chin-Lee, illustrated by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy (Charlesbridge, 2005)

A recipient of the National Medal of Technology and many other awards, Hopper helped revolutionize computers.

Grace Hopper.org celebrates women in computing.

August 8 Birthday: I COULD DO THAT: ESTHER MORRIS GETS WOMEN THE VOTE

Esther Morris, first female justice of the peace
b. August 8, 1814
d. April 2, 1902


I COULD DO THAT: ESTHER MORRIS GETS WOMEN THE VOTE
by Linda Arms White
illustrated by Nancy Carpenter

Overview

Full of humor and spunk – just like Esther!
“I could do that,”
says six-year-old Esther as she watches her mother making tea. Start
her own business at the age of nineteen? Why, she could do that, too.
But one thing Esther and other women could NOT do was vote. Only men
could do that.
With lively text and humorous
illustrations as full of spirit as Esther herself, this striking picture
book biography shows how one girl’s gumption propels her through a life
filled with challenges until, in 1869, she wins the vote for women in
Wyoming Territory – the first time ever in the United States!

August 1 Birthday: MARIA’S COMET. Maria Mitchell

Maria Mitchell, astronomer, woman
b. August 1, 1818
d. June 28, 1889

MARIA’S COMET (Aladdin, 2003)

by Deborah Hopkinson
illustrated by Deborah Lanino

Overview

Maria’s wish burns as brightly as a star.
Maria longs to be an astronomer and imagines all the strange worlds she
can travel to by looking though her papa’s telescope. One night Maria
gets her chance to look through the telescope. For the first time, she
sees the night sky stretching endlessly above her, and her dream of
exploring constellations seems close enough to touch.
In this story, inspired by the life of Maria Mitchell, America’s first
woman astronomer, “viewers will find the cobalt-blue nights, lit with
constellations that make imaginary (and actual) pictures in the sky,
every bit as attractive as Maria does.”
As a young girl, budding astronomer Maria Mitchell dreams of searching the night sky and some day finding a new comet.

February 18 Birthday: WOMEN OF HOPE. Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison, professor and writer
Feb. 18, 1931-

Women of Hope: African Americans Who Made a Difference by Joyce Hansen (Scholastic, 1998)

Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel Beloved
in 1988 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. Highlights of this
extraordinary woman can be found in this collective biography.

Biographies, bibliographies, essays, interviews are posted on a site devoted to Morrison.