From building sets to dolls, toys offer a fun new way to introduce kids to trailblazing women throughout history!
With all of the excitement, drama, and derring-do of women throughout history, why keep it to books? Women's history is full of impressive figures who smashed boundaries, stood up against injustice, and defiantly insisted on being true to themselves. When we pull their stories off the page, they become even more thrilling — and one way to do that is to bring women's history into the toy box! Dolls, games, building sets, and more provide a new way to spark an interest in women's history and a fun way to make these stories into part of day-to-day play. With options from toddlers to teens, the toys featured in this post will help kids discover remarkable women they may not have learned about in school, and introduce them to a variety of new role models to admire!
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Toys To Teach Women's HIstory
Pay tribute to 32 women who changed the world with this set of heirloom-quality blocks from Uncle Goose! Each block features one woman's name, portrait, quote, and a short explanation of her historical importance. Together, the blocks can be assembled to form the Suffrage Movement slogan Deeds Not Words. They're sturdy enough for play but also make a beautiful display piece and learning tool — and, like all Uncle Goose products, they're made in the USA from sustainable Michigan basswood and non-toxic inks.
Match up the faces of inspiring women with this memory game from Mudpuppy! 12 inspiring women are featured in this game: Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, Frida Kahlo, Indira Gandhi, Cleopatra, Queen Elizabeth I, Hillary Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Malala Yousafzai, Maya Angelou, Sally Ride, and Marie Curie. Flip over the cards, match their faces, and win! The whole game comes tucked in a colorful 2.75" cube box, perfect for storage and quick games on the go.
She can do it — especially when she has this plush Rosie the Riveter at her side! This 11" doll from the Unemployed Philosophers Guild reproduces the classic look of this WWII role model and modern feminist icon in high quality plush fabric. She comes with a detachable tag that features the classic Rosie the Riveter portrait and includes interesting facts about the history and ongoing impact of this inspiring character — the perfect choice to encourage anyone to reach for their dreams!
Conduct some tiny experiments with this tiny Marie Curie from the Unemployed Philosophers Guild! But remember to wear protective gear — that radium is pretty dangerous. Celebrate your admiration for this dedicated scientist with this 4" figure: on your finger, she's a puppet; on your fridge, she's a magnet! Other finger puppets from this series include figures of Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Zora Neale Hurston, Georgia O'Keeffe, and more.
Develop your memory skills and learn more about inspiring women with this game featuring artwork from the internationally best-selling Little People, BIG DREAMS series! This game features 20 women, including famous scientists, writers, activists, artists, and adventurers; kids will match their faces to win! The game also includes a 9" X 9" biography card with a synopsis of each woman's life, and rules to play the game as a traditional concentration game, a storytelling memory game, or a solitaire game. Fans of this series will also like the Little People, Big Dreams learning cards, also for ages 3 and up.
Why not celebrate one of history's great women artists with this beautiful plush? The 11" Frida Kahlo plush from The Unemployed Philosophers Guild presents Kahlo in traditional Mexican dress — complete with skirt, blouse, scarf, and earrings — and with flowers in her hair. Kahlo's admirers can also check out the Frida Kahlo Finger Puppet / Magnet and the Frida's Frocks and Smocks Magnetic Dress-Up Set.
Budding astronauts everywhere look up to Sally Ride, the first American woman in space — and now they can add this doll from the Inspiring Women line to their toy box or display shelf! This doll is modeled on Ride's appearance and includes authentic details on her iconic blue NASA spacesuit, as well as a helmet and a headset for communicating with Mission Control. The set includes a doll, a stand, and a Certificate of Authenticity.
Whether you know her as Ruth Bader Ginsburg or the Notorious RBG, there's no question that Ginsburg has played a key role in the legal fight for equality in America! Now, you can pay tribute to this pioneering legal mind with this 8" figure from Royal Bobbles. This bobblehead is made of high-quality polyresin and is hand-painted, depicting her in her iconic robe, ponytail, earrings, glasses, and black lace gloves. It's the perfect way to honor a woman who's left her mark on American law and culture!
Who knew that the little girl with a love of math growing up in West Virginia would go on to help America reach the moon — smashing gender and racial barriers along the way! You can pay tribute to Katherine Johnson and her pioneering work at NASA with this doll from Barbie's Inspiring Women line. Created in consultation with Johnson herself, this doll is dressed in an outfit matching what Johnson wore to work, complete with NASA ID badge; the set also comes with a doll stand, a certificate of authenticity, and information about Johnson's role in history.
This book of vintage fashions honors Rosie the Riveter and her female co-workers! Three paper dolls are included, as well as 26 authentic outfits of the 1940s including work clothes, casual dresses, smart suits, evening gowns, and a war-time wedding dress. The book includes a story about Rosie the Riveter and notes about the fashions of the day. The set is a great way to teach her just what "We can do it!" meant to the women of World War II.
As a lawyer, a First Lady, a human rights advocate, and more, Michelle Obama has inspired millions of girls and women! Now, you can have her on your desk or shelf to encourage you, thanks to this bobblehead from Royal Bobbles. This 8" bobblehead is hand-painted and comes in a collector's box. It's the perfect reminder to keep moving, keep trying, keep a sense of humor, and keep reaching for your dreams.
This carefully researched coloring book spotlights the achievements of 45 prominent American women, from social reformer and suffragist leader Susan B. Anthony to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Portraits of Harriet Tubman, Barbara Walters, Amelia Earhart, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Mead, and other noted figures are featured, along with biographical captions about each woman. For two coloring books that focus on early American history, check out Heroes and Heroines of the American Revolution and Heroines of the American Revolution, both for ages 7 and up.
Pay tribute to "the Mother of the Modern Civil Rights Movement" Rosa Parks with this doll from Barbie's Inspiring Women line! This articulated doll depicts Parks in period-accurate clothing and accessories that will remind you of pictures of this Civil Rights icon. The set comes with the doll, a doll stand, and a Certificate of Authenticity, perfect for display or as an empowering option for the toybox.
Generations of women have been inspired Rosie the Riveter, who has been an icon of women's empowerment for over fifty years! This 5 1/4" tall vinyl action figure is based off the famous "We Can Do It!" poster, which was inspired by a photo of Naomi Parker Fraley; it has articulated joints and comes in an illustrated window box. She's great for pretend play or for anyone who appreciates the role Rosie the Riveter has played in women's history.
She is an artist, an activist, and a feminist icon — it's no wonder so many girls (and women) look up to Frida Kahlo. Now, kids can celebrate her life with this 12" doll! This doll from Barbie's Inspiring Women line is modeled after images of Kahlo and is dressed in an outfit that combines bold colors with traditional Mexican elements. The package comes with a doll, a stand, and educational information about Kahlo's place in history, perfect for play or display.
Forty-five beautiful coloring pages highlight achievements of such notable women as Coretta Scott King, Maya Angelou, Harriet Tubman, Mae Jemison, Hattie McDaniel, Toni Morrison, Sojourner Truth, Ella Fitzgerald, Leontyne Price, Shirley Chisholm and many others. Each entry also includes a short biographical caption about the featured woman.
Howard Miller's iconic emblem of female strength, Rosie the Riveter, is picture perfect in this 1000-piece puzzle! This puzzle from EuroGraphics is made in America and features easy-fit pieces made of sturdy, recycled cardboard. It's finished with vegetable-based inks and has an assembled size of 19.25" x 26.5". It's beautiful enough to display — if you don't decide take it apart for more puzzling fun!
Ibtihaj Muhammad is an inspiring role model: she was a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Fencing Team, the first Muslim American woman to wear a hijab to compete in the Olympics, and the first female Muslim American athlete to earn a medal at the Olympics with her 2016 bronze in the Team Saber event! Now, Barbie pays tribute to her groundbreaking career — and provides better representation to girls across the country who rarely see a doll like them — with this doll from their Inspiring Women line. The Ibtihaj Muhammad Barbie doll is fully posable and is dressed in her fencing uniform, complete with hijab, sabre and mask. The set includes a doll, a doll stand, and a Certificate of Authenticity.
Since the nation's founding, America's First Ladies and other female presidential relatives have played an important — and often unsung — role in national and international politics. This gorgeous coloring book from Dover Publications features 44 line drawings to color of these women in authentic settings as official hostesses. Each image includes a biographical caption to encourage you to learn more about the women pictured. It's a wonderful introduction to the contributions that have been made the by the women of the White House!
Color 30 black-and-white illustrations of masterpieces by the great American Impressionist Mary Cassatt, best known for her paintings of mothers and their children. Enjoy famous works like The Bath, Young Mother Sewing, Mother's Kiss, Maternal Caress, and others. Replicate her work, or create your own color palette. Perfect for the art-loving Mighty Girl!
These playing cards work as a standard deck of cards (2 through Ace, with suits of spades, hearts, clubs, and diamonds), but each card offers information about an important woman in history, giving details of her accomplishments and an insight into her life. Fun, practical, and educational, the uses for these cards are nearly endless! For another card game celebrating influential American women, check out the American Women Authors card game.
This collection of Knowledge Cards pays tribute to forty-eight inspiring women who have made deep and lasting contributions in such varied fields as aerospace, the performing arts, literature, sports, and peace. With portraits on one side and profiles on the other, these 48 fact-filled Knowledge Cards are a great source of condensed information all in a deck the size of a pack of playing cards! For stories about even more inspiring women, check out Women Who Dare Knowledge Cards: Volume 2.
Travel around the world — in only 72 days — with daring investigative journalist Nellie Bly! Assemble this beautifully illustrated 300-piece puzzle that pays tribute to her adventure, then use it as a game board as you follow her steps. Along the way, you'll learn fascinating facts about this trailblazing journalist's life and work. It's sure to inspire her to learn more about this fascinating figure — and maybe to plan her own around-the-world adventure someday!
Combine crafting with a lesson in feminist icons with this book of cross-stitch patterns by Anna Fleiss and Lauren Mancuso! It combines capsule biographies of each woman with a cross-stitch portrait. A section at the beginning teaches new cross-stitchers the basics, including how to select quality materials for your celebration of these inspiring women. This fun book features patterns for embroidering twenty iconic women — like Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, suffragist Susan B. Anthony, author Virginia Woolf, and pop superstar Beyonce — and ten empowering feminist sayings.
If she loves great art, she'll love this coloring book! Thirty striking works by noted female artists appear in this collection, which ranges from conventional portraits, such Vanessa Bell's depiction of her sister, Virginia Woolf, to a pioneering abstract painting by Sonia Delaunay. Other landscapes, still lifes, and portraits include works by Frida Kahlo, Mary Cassatt, and Berthe Morisot. Replicate the originals or let your imagination run wild with your own color scheme!
Fans of Rachel Ignotofsky's gorgeous book Women In Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed The World will love this colorfully illustrated, 500-piece puzzle featuring 15 trailblazing women of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics! The sturdy, colorful, and simply designed pieces will hold up to multiple assemblies of this puzzle, and puzzlers will appreciate the 18 by 24 inch poster that's included for referencing the design — or for display later! Fans of Ignotofsky's art featuring women in science can also get this pack of 100 postcards
Build a tribute to some of the ground-breaking women who took American into space with this much-anticipated set from LEGO Ideas! This fan-designed set features astronomer Nancy Grace Roman; computer scientist Margaret Hamilton; astronaut and physicist Sally Ride; and astronaut, physician and engineer Mae Jemison, each as part of a vignette depicting their role with NASA. It's a wonderful way to inspire the women in STEM of future generations!
Magnetic dress-up dolls are even more fun when they pay tribute to a pioneering woman artist! This set from the Unemployed Philosophers Guild features Frida Kahlo, whose famous love of color shines in the bold wardrobe options, from traditional outfits to modern fashions. Perfect for the fridge, filing cabinet, or magnet board, this set is sure to delight any Frida fan.
Slavery needs to be ended, and the Abolitionists have a difficult balance to strike: on the one hand, they want to get as many slaves to freedom in Canada as they can, but on the other hand, they need to keep fundraising and urging others to join their cause. In this card-driven board game from Academy Games, one to four players draw on important historical events and characters to advance their cause of the abolition of slavery. The unique setting of this cooperative game teaches players information about the historical figures, crucial events, and political agendas that pushed through the abolition of slavery.