Celebrating Women’s History Month the literary way, from Katniss to Kristy
By Morgan on March 1st, 2011
As a reader, I’m always making connections between characters I love and their imagined real-life counterparts. Who does Allie Finkle take after, I wonder? Would Hermione and Hillary Clinton get along? And since today kicks of Women’s History Month, I got to thinking about some of my favorite female characters and famous historical figures they remind me of most:
Kristy Thomas (The Baby-sitters Club) and Queen Elizabeth 1: Kristy didn’t get to be the leader of the BSC by being weak-willed. Much like Queen Elizabeth 1, she’s a strong, fearless ruler who, behind closed doors, is perhaps more vulnerable than the public will ever know.
Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games) and Joan of Arc: Some things are worth sacrificing for – whether it’s the life of a sister and the integrity of a community or the right to have faith in something greater than yourself. I suspect Katniss would fiercely admire someone like Joan.
Amy Cahill (The 39 Clues) and Amelia Earheart: These two pioneers searched the globe for adventure (willingly or not!). I don’t think it’s a coincidence that their names share the same first two letters, do you?
Millicent Min (Millicent Min, Girl Genius and other Lisa Yee titles) and Marie Curie: Millicent’s IQ is off the charts, and it’s a good bet that Nobel Prize-winning Marie Curie’s wasn’t too shabby, either. I like to imagine them creating new compounds and saving the world from a science lab somewhere, together.
There are so many incredible women we should celebrate – not just this month, but every day, in every classroom around the globe. If you’re looking for book suggestions, check out the Scholastic Top Picks site, which includes some of my favorite reads about famous historical figures: What to Do About Alice? (Barbara Kerley, illus. Edwin Fortheringham), The Story of Ruby Bridges (Robert Coles, illus. George Ford), Frida (Jonah Winter, illus. Ana Juan), and Odetta, The Queen of Folk (Stephen Alcorn). And if you’re looking for engaging at-home or in-school activities, check out this special feature on Women’s History Month on Scholastic.com.
Which characters remind you of famous historical figures? Let us know in the comments!