This past Sunday was International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the achievements of women around the globe,  past, present, and future. We are so inspired by all of these fabulous females that we thought it would be the perfect time to read about some girl power. Canada has and is home to so many incredible women that we can’t possibly list them all. Thankfully, Elizabeth MacLeod’s latest book Canadian Women Now and Then: More than a 100 Stories of Fearless Trailblazers (Kids Can Press) will be a great starting point!

With other books about Chris Hadfield, Viola Desmond, Tom Longboat, and Willie O’Ree (one of the first Black hockey players in the NHL), it’s clear that Elizabeth knows her history. That’s why we’re so excited for her new book, which will tell the tales of over 100 brave and fearless Canadian women who have all worked to make the world a better place. It’s important to highlight their struggles and successes, sharing their stories with our next generation of leaders.

Canadian Women Now and Then may have some familiar names in it, like Margaret Atwood, but we promise that you won’t recognize all the names in the book when it launches in April. We urge everyone to call your local bookstores and libraries to reserve your copy, so you can read it as soon as possible.

In the meantime, there are other books about Canadian women to read, especially if you have younger children (Canadian Women Now and Then is written for children around 10 years old). Check out your library for Little People, Big Dreams: L.M. Montgomery (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books), which is about the author of the Anne of Green Gables books, as well as Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged by Jody Nyasha Warner (Groundwood Books), about a pioneer of the Canadian Civil Rights movement.  Need more ideas? View/download our 2019-20 Reading list

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” – Jackie Kennedy

Are there any other books about inspiring Canadian women you think we should be reading this week? Let us know by leaving us a comment below this blog!