March 14, 2018

12 Gifts for Lovers of Women's History

The gifts on this list are perfect for people of all ages and genders—the only qualification is that the giftee loves awesome historic women, or wants to learn more about them. Check them out below.

"The White Album: Essays"

In her 1979 autobiography, writer Joan Didion examines key figures, events, and places that defined the 1960s in America. Didion's reflections on The J. Paul Getty Museum, Nancy and Ronald Reagan's home, and even in California waterworks, are poignant insights into her life as well as a culture of mass consumerism that continues to persist today.

City of Women Poster

Ever noticed how most places in cities are named after men? Ever wondered what it might look like if those places were named after women instead? Wonder no more with this poster of the New York City subway system, that renames each stop after a famous women.

"What Happened, Miss Simone?" Documentary

Nina Simone was a musical genius, civil rights activist, and one of America's most impressive entertainers. This documentary by Liz Garbus explores Simone's life, legacy, and struggles with mental illness and abuse. Learn more about Nina Simone's childhood home and the efforts of four African American artists to save it.

Georgia O'Keeffe Prints

One of America's most prolific artists, 20th-century modernist Georgia O'Keeffe has a body of work that is as varied as it is beautiful. Find your favorite piece at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum store, and plan out your next trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, with a visit to the museum itself (learn more about Georgia O'Keeffe's home).

"Gardening Women: Their Stories from 1600 to the Present"

Gardens are often thought of as domestic spaces, rather than artistic or cultural ones. Catherine Horwood takes a look at women's relationship to gardens and plants over centuries to uncover its wider social significance. Learn more about women and gardening.

"Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray"

This biography of African American activist and lawyer Pauli Murray highlights her fight against discrimination in order to make America a more democratic place. Author Rosalind Rosenberg presents a thought-provoking portrait of Murray, an intesectional feminist before intersectionality was a word. You can learn more about Pauli Murray at her childhood home in Durham, North Carolina.

"Bygone Badass Broads"

Author Mackenzi Lee has adapted her weekly Twitter series into a book featuring 52 incredible, trailblazing women throughout the world and throughout history. Bygone Badass Broads cements the legacy of these forgotten females into the cultural lexicon.

Amelia Earhart Print

Lovers of flight can rejoice in this minimalist poster of an aviation pioneer. While you're celebrating Amelia Earhart's legacy, you can learn even more about her life at the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum in Atchison, Kansas.

Color Your Own Great Paintings by Women Artists

The 30 paintings in this coloring book feature a variety of works, from a traditional portrait of Virigina Woolfe by Vanessa Bell, to an abstract painting by Sonia Delaunay. Other artists include Frida Kahlo, Grandma Moses, Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, and more. Don't forget to color outside the lines with this innovative gift.

Feminist Alphabet Tote Bags

"A" is for Audre Lorde, and "E" is for Emma Goldman. Reflect your favorite woman in history in your personal style with a cute tote that's perfect for groceries, books, or your patent "smash the patriarchy" pens.

"Notorious Victoria"

Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president, the first woman to address the U.S. Congress, and the first woman to operate a brokerage firm on Wall Street, led a controversial and largely forgotten life. Mary Gabriel remembers her legacy in this meticulously researched biography. Find out how to visit places related to her life.

Women Who Dare, Vol. 1: Knowledge Cards

Quiz your little one (or yourself) on your women's history knowledge with this enjoyable (and educational) gift. A collection of 48 cards, the Women Who Dare Knowledge Cards cover women across a wide range of professions, from aerospace to the performing arts to sports. It's the perfect activity to pass the time on a rainy day or a long road trip.

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Carson Bear is an Editorial Coordinator at the National Trust. She’s passionate about combining popular culture with historic places, and loves her 200-year-old childhood farmhouse in Pennsylvania.

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