Be Brave: Heroic Women Who Made History

March is Women’s History Month, the perfect time to learn about heroes who made strides to change the world. The women and girls featured in these audiobooks show all different sides of what it means to be brave: bravery is fighting for equal rights and justice on the front lines, but it’s also being vulnerable in your art. Bravery is sometimes just walking into school.

Share the stories of the women and girls who paved the way with little listeners, and inspire them to be smart, kind, and brave:

Before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin made the same choice. She insisted on standing up–or in her case, sitting down–for what was right, and in doing so, fought for equality, fairness, and justice.

In this next installment of the Ordinary People Change the World series, little listeners are introduced to Frida Kahlo, the renowned Mexican painter and activist who made her mark in art history for her unique way of looking at the world.

Author: Kamala Harris
Read By: Robin Miles

With her election to the vice presidency, Kamala Harris has blazed trails throughout her entire political career. But how did she achieve her goals? In this Young Readers edition of The Truths We Hold, we learn what led her to discover her own sense of self and purpose.

Author: Dinah Brown and Who HQ
Read By: Soneela Nankani

Malala Yousafzai is a girl who loved to learn but was told that girls would no longer be allowed to go to school. She wrote a blog that called attention to what was happening in her corner of Pakistan and realized that words can bring about change. Despite tragedy and fear, she continued to speak out for the right of all children to have an education.

As the first American woman in space, Sally Ride broke barriers and made her dreams come true. Then, after leaving NASA, she created science and engineering programs that would help other girls and women make their dreams come true as well.

Author: Ruby Bridges
Read By: Ruby Bridges

Written and read as a letter from civil rights activist and icon Ruby Bridges to the listener, This Is Your Time is both a recounting of Ruby’s experience as a child who had to be escorted to class by federal marshals when she was chosen as one of the first black students to integrate New Orleans’ all-white public school system, and an appeal to generations to come to effect change.

Find inspiration to be brave like our heroes from history with audiobooks about dreaming big and believing in yourself!

Author: Hilary Duff
Read By: Hilary Duff

My Little Brave Girl is a poetic text that encourages girls to reach higher, dream bigger, and approach the world with their hearts wide open. This love letter to little girls was inspired by author and narrator Hilary Duff’s own experience as a mother as she considered all the ways her daughter had to be brave even as an infant.

Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright…then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything. Academy Award–winning actress Lupita Nyong’o narrates this powerful, moving picture book that will children to see their own unique beauty.

Looking for more listens for Women’s History Month? Keep celebrating with these audiobooks for adults.