Women’s History Book Tag (ORIGINAL)

Because March is Women’s History Month, and I’m in the midst of hosting the Women’s History Month Readathon, there seemed like no better time for a brand new tag…

The Women’s History Book Tag!

*muffled cheering in the background*

This was an unexpectedly difficult tag to create, simply because there were so many historical women that I wanted to include. I started out with a list of at least forty women and still was worried that I was leaving people out, especially since my knowledge of women’s history is so Western/US-centric. And then I worried about only including some of the most well-known names, since many women are forgotten or not credited for their contributions to history, and I didn’t want to add to that, and…you get the picture.

At any rate, keep in mind that this tag is woefully narrow and not meant to encompass all of women’s history…since that would be impossible. I basically ended up choosing women who are personally interesting to me and that I could create questions from. I wish I could include every single woman in history who’s made a difference to the world, but that would mean including every single woman in history. And that would be a long post.

Also, remember that these are real people, and none of them are perfect. I’m including them because of their contribution to history, not because they were 100% virtuous or good. Biographical information comes from biography.com.

Okay, enough talk. Let’s (finally) get into this tag!

Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post.
  • Link to the creator’s blog in your post
  • Answer the questions below using only books written by women
  • Feel free to use the same graphics
  • Tag 8 others to take part in the tag

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Rosa Parks

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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It seems like almost a cliche to choose this book for Rosa Parks’ question, but I truly couldn’t think of a more perfect answer. Starr Carter, the protagonist of The Hate U Give, is put in an incredibly difficult and dangerous situation after seeing her friend killed by a police officer, but she refuses to stay silent and becomes an inspiring voice for change and activism.

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Ada Lovelace

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

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Felicity Montague is just about as clever as you get. Despite living in 18th century England and being told no at every turn, she is determined to become a doctor and she’ll do whatever it takes to achieve that dream. She reads everything she can get her hands on and will never pass up the opportunity to show that she’s the smartest person in the room. I think she would like Ada Lovelace, even though they’re in different STEM fields.

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Queen Elizabeth I

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

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This book is full of powerful women, from sorceresses to dragonriders and more. One in particular, Sabran Berethnet, is the ruler of a nation, and one of the most fascinating things about the book for me is watching her struggle with the weight of her responsibility and the duty she has to uphold.

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Virginia Woolf

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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Anyone who knows me know that I’m obsessed with Maggie Stiefvater’s writing, and The Scorpio Races is one of the best examples of that. Every single word evokes the setting and the characters and the feeling of the book perfectly. I don’t know how she does it, but I’m so glad that she does.

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Joan of Arc

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

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When I think of warriors in books, my mind automatically goes first to Katsa, who is one of my favorite characters of all time in addition to being a powerful warrior. However, Katsa is so much more than what she can do with her fists – or whatever weapon you put in her hands – even though she struggles to see that sometimes.

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Mae Jemison

On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

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I couldn’t possibly pick anything other than one of my very favorite space books! On a Sunbeam follows two different timelines, one set at a space boarding school and one following a crew traveling through space in a ship shaped like a koi fish. This graphic novel has the most beautiful art that makes me want to travel the stars as well!

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Rosalind Franklin

Heartstone by Elle Katharine White

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Not enough people know about this fantasy retelling of Pride & Prejudice and that is a tragedy! Heartstone takes place in a fictional world and its Mr. Darcy character is a dragon rider. It’s just as amazing and romantic as its source material, plus it’s got dragons!

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Marsha P. Johnson

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

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I had to pick this book, not only because it’s about LGBTQ characters, but because it’s also about resistance, which is something I think Marsha Johnson would be very much on board with. Girls of Paper and Fire follows a group of girls forced into being concubines for a demon king, even as two of them start to fall for each other.

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Amelia Earhart

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

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The Fifth Season and its sequels have gotten a lot of hype over the years, including several Hugo Award wins, and in my opinion that is entirely earned. This post-apocalyptic fantasy follows a woman searching for her daughter in a world broken by earthquakes, and its just as amazing as everyone says.

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Your choice

Okay, I’m going to cheat on my own tag because I’m not choosing a historical woman at all – in fact, the person I’m choosing is even younger than me. And that person is of course…

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Greta Thunberg (2003 – )

If you somehow don’t already know Greta Thunberg, she is one of the loudest voices in climate activism right now. She is a Swedish climate youth activist who sparked an international movement to fight climate change beginning in 2018. I’m pretty sure I have her “How Dare You” speech tattooed into the back of my brain as a constant response to the state of the world.

And so my book pick for this question is…

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Evelyn Hugo is easily one of the most inspiring characters I’ve ever read, even though almost none of her life experiences apply to my own. Still, her ambition, passion, and refusal to be anyone other than herself is inspiring. I might be found muttering her words “The world doesn’t give things, you take things” on days that I need the extra encouragement to go after what I want.

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I tag…

Sophie @ Me & Ink 💕 Caro @ bookcheshirecat 💕 Abi @ Scribbles & Stories 💕 Alice @ Love For Words 💕 Mary and the Words 💕 Veronika @ Wordy and Whimsical 💕 Lauren @ Twenty-Seven Letters 💕 Gerry @ TheBookNookUK 💕 Lauren @ Narrative Paradise 💕 Hissing Potatoes 💕 Mandy & Sha @ Book Princess Reviews 💕 Educative Bookworm

…and anyone else who wants to!

Please don’t feel obligated to do this tag if you don’t want to…though I’d love to see all of your answers! ☺️

QUESTIONS

Rosa Parks – a book about a female character who doesn’t do as she’s told

Ada Lovelace – a book with an intelligent female character

Queen Elizabeth I – a book about a woman in a position of power

Virginia Woolf – a book with beautiful writing

Joan of Arc – a book about a female warrior

Mae Jemison – a book set in space

Rosalind Franklin – an underappreciated book

Marsha P. Johnson – a book about LGBTQ+ characters

Amelia Earheart – an award-winning book that deserves the hype

Your choice – a book that inspires you

In other news, I’m holding a 24-hour readathon this Sunday, March 8th, aka International Women’s Day! I won’t be able to join in the whole day myself, since I’ll be working, but I’ll be cheering everyone on via Twitter and reading whenever I get the chance. I know it’s a bit last-minute, but if it sounds interesting to you, feel free to join in!

And it’s not too late to join the Women’s History Month Readathon 😉

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What women from history do you admire? What are your favorite books written by women? 

x Margaret

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64 thoughts on “Women’s History Book Tag (ORIGINAL)

  1. Thanks for the tag!! This sounds super fun, I’m really excited to do it! ❤️

    Your answers are great – I’ve got Priory of the Orange Tree waiting on my kindle and I really need to get on to Lady’s Guide!

    In other news, my first pick for the WHM Readathon (Wilder Girls) is really good so far, so I’m off to a great start! 😄

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  2. samhissingpotatoes

    I love everything about this tag and your choices and will definitely post my own answers but I’m about to go to bed at the moment WAIT THERE’S A P&P RETELLING WITH DARCY AS A **DRAGON RIDER** WELL THERE GOES ANY CHANCE OF SLEEP I HAD THANKS MARGARET

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  3. So many good books to add to my TBR! I love that the tag prompts included biographies of the historical women 😍.
    Scorpio Races was so hyped back in the day (as it deserved to be), so I get so happy when it’s still mentioned! The writing is truly so beautiful and changed how I felt about the YA fantasy genre 💕. Also, On a Sunbeam sounds so captivating 😮. All I need to hear to pick up a book is “space” and “two timelines” 😅.
    Awesome post, Margaret! It’s so great that you even went out of your way to include Greta Thunberg 🙂. For a second, I thought you wrote that you got “How Dare You” tattooed on yourself hahaha. It wouldn’t be the worse idea though 🤔… 😂

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    1. Yesss I’m glad I could add some books to your TBR 😀 The Scorpio Races definitely deserves all the hype – I only read it last year so it’s still fresh in my mind 😉 You should definitely read On a Sunbeam!!

      Thanks so much! I definitely wanted to include Greta Thunberg in some way. Lol “how dare you” would probably be a very strange tattoo out of context, though certainly not the worst thing to get!

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  4. AHHH… I LOVE this tag so much and you can tell the amount of care and thought that has you have put into this which makes it so wonderful!! Thank you for creating this, it is a great idea and I can’t wait to do this tag!!

    This features so many books I would love to read (yes I’m always behind on my TBR) but The Hate U Give sounds amazing and has received a lot of praise and I’m so excited to get to know Starr. I also need to The Scorpio Races as I’ve said before but I can’t wait to sink into Maggie’s writing!!
    On A Sunbeam sounds so cool and I have been wanted to check out Tillie’s work, the art style looks amazing and the concept sounds very original which I love!!
    Heartstone sounds so unique and I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of it before because ‘damn that concept’, I love it and I really haven’t read enough books with dragons!!
    I NEED The Fifth Season as well!!
    Greta Thunberg is amazing and her speeches are so powerful!! She was a wonderful choice!! And I definitely think Evelyn is such an inspiring character!! I love her!!
    Great post and thank you soooo much for tagging me!! I look forward to doing it!! 💛💛

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    1. Thanks so much! ❤ That means a lot, since it was a lot of work lol, and I'm glad it turned out! 😊

      You should read everything by Tillie Walden, because it's all amazing! And Heartstone is the coolest concept, and luckily wonderful execution as well 😀

      Ahh yes Greta Thunberg is such an inspiration! As is Evelyn Hugo 😀 Thanks so much, and I can't wait to see your answers!

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  5. I absolutely love your Tag and will be doing it as soon as possible! Thank you so much for tagging me 🥰💕💗 It’s so cool that the last prompt lets you choose a historical woman to highlight, I’ll have to think about who I want to pick 😊 And I think I need to finally read Graceling, it honestly sounds so good!

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  8. Excellent post! Thank you for tagging me into this one, I may take forever to do tags but I always do them! I have The Fifth Season lined up on my pile to read next. I’m both nervous and excited because everyone who has read it loves it! I’m hoping it will live up to the hype!

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  21. Margaret, this is such a great tag!! Thank you so much for creating it 🥺🥰 I know that you had some trouble creating the questions, but I honestly think that you did a great job already! I got tagged for this a while ago, and I’m so excited to do it 🥰 I’m doing it a little late, but when am I not, haha?
    There are a lot of books that I’m dying to read in this post! But thankfully I’m gonna read The Scorpio Races and The Priory of the Orange Tree some time in the next months or so.

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