With International Women of Color Day on March 1 and International Women’s Day on March 8, this month is a great time to learn more about the contributions women have made to their community, our country, and the world!
While there are many lists of what to read for Women’s History Month, this one has something distinctly different: 100% Canadian writers. We at Heritage House love local and Canadian history, so if you want to read about remarkable Canadian women written by Canadian women, check out the list below!
On Their Own Terms: True Stories of Trailblazing Women of Vancouver Island
A fascinating collection of concise stories about seventeen courageous, independent, and diverse women who shaped the history of Vancouver Island.
Flourishing and Free: More Stories of Trailblazing Women of Vancouver Island
An inspiring and eye-opening collection of true stories about sixteen women who blazed their own trails in life and contributed in a fundamental way to the history of Vancouver Island and the surrounding islands.
By Teoni Spathelfer
Illustrated by Natassia Davies
A vivid dream teaches Little Wolf about courage and acceptance of those who are different, and inspires her to show her daughters and their classmates how to be proud of their diverse cultural backgrounds.
Beckoned by the Sea: Women at Work on the Cascadia Coast
By Sylvia Taylor
A rich and diverse tapestry weaving together the many voices, narratives, skills, and talents of women up and down the coastal Pacific Northwest who devote their lives and careers to the sea.
Rebel Women: Achievements Beyond the Ordinary
By Linda Kupecek
The women in these stories did the unthinkable for their time: they followed their own paths, flouting convention and daring to break from the traditions of family and marriage. In Rebel Women, you’ll discover women who faced conflict, adversity and doubt to follow their dreams.
Emily Carr: The Incredible Life and Adventures of a West Coast Artist
By Cat Klerks
This is the story of a rebellious girl from British Columbia who travelled the world in pursuit of her calling only to find her true inspiration in the Canadian landscape she’d left behind.
The Famous Five: Canada’s Crusaders for Women’s Rights
By Barbara Smith
A concise history of the five women who changed the course of history and brought Canadians one step closer to equality.
Galena Bay Odyssey: Reflections of a Hippie Homesteader
By Ellen Schwartz
Coming Soon, April 2023
A writer and educator reflects on the idealistic, tumultuous, and eye-opening time she spent as a back-to-the-land hippie homesteader in Kootenays in the 1970s.
Afterlight: In Search of Poetry, History, and Home
By Isa Milman
A haunting memoir of war, genocide, displacement, and a daughter’s search for the literary works of her mother’s murdered twin.
Always Pack a Candle: A Nurse in the Cariboo-Chilcotin
By Marion McKinnon Crook
WINNER, 2021 BC HISTORICAL FEDERATION’S COMMUNITY HISTORY BOOK AWARD
The true story of an adventurous young nurse who provided much-needed health care to the rural communities of the Cariboo-Chilcotin in the 1960s.