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
Introduce the littlest Mighty Girls to pioneering artist Frida Kahlo with this gorgeous gift set from the Little People, BIG DREAMS series! In the board book Frida: My First Frida Kahlo, they'll learn how an accident helped ignite Frida's career in art, as she poured her thoughts and feelings into her paintings. Then, they can play with the 7.25" plush Frida Kahlo doll! It's a lovely way to introduce kids to a trailblazing artist and feminist icon.
Pay tribute to 32 women who changed the world with this set of heirloom-quality blocks from Uncle Goose! This hand-crafted set features women who made significant contributions to the world, including figures like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, and more. 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.
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, and more.
Pay tribute to the courageous abolitionist, suffragist, and humanitarian Harriet Tubman with this Little Thinker plush from The Unemployed Philosophers Guild! This 11" plush features details drawn from descriptions and portraits of Tubman, including her headscarf and her durable traveling clothes — perfect for leading people to freedom. Plus, it comes with a removable hang tag with a portrait, some of her most famous accomplishments, and quotes.
Whether she was going undercover at an asylum or racing around the world, nobody was going to tell Nellie Bly that something couldn't be done! Fans of this trailblazing journalist — one of the world's most famous muck-rakers — will love this combination finger puppet and magnet from The Unemployed Philosophers Guild. At 4" tall, it's just the right size to add some journalistic flair to your puppet theater or to provide a reminder not to give up when on your fridge or filing cabinet.
Forget Old Maid — why not play Bold Made! This reimagining of the classic Old Maid card game pays tribute to daring women past and present who made the world a better place. The cards feature stunning hand-drawn portraits of women like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Malala Yousafzai, Temple Grandin, Marie Curie, Harriet Tubman, and many more. You can play a variant on Go Fish, try classic Old Maid-style rules, or explore their advanced gameplay option for a strategic challenge!
When Bessie Coleman learned to fly, she provided an example for all the African Americans who would soar after her! This combination finger puppet and fridge magnet from The Unemployed Philosophers Guild pays tribute to the pioneering aviator. At 4" tall, it's just the right size for a fun addition to a puppet theater, or for an inspiring companion on your filing cabinet or fridge.
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.
"I dissent!" declares this plush doll — if not with her voice, than with her distinctive dissenting jabot collar! This 11" plush from the Unemployed Philosophers Guild pays tribute to groundbreaking lawyer and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It comes with a detachable tag featuring a portrait of Ginsburg, interesting facts, and quotes. High-quality plush and embroidered details create a friend you'll delight to have keep you company on your desk, study carrel, or chambers.
Let former First Lady and best-selling author Michelle Obama keep you company in the kitchen, on your bike, or at your desk with this finger puppet and magnet from The Unemployed Philosophers Guild! This 4" tall puppet features fun embroidered details and comes with a detachable tag that includes Obama's portrait, famous quotes, and details about her life. It's the perfect way to celebrate the "Mom in Chief" and all the work she's done both inside and out of the White House! You can also get this Michelle Obama Bobblehead for ages 6 and up.
Learn all about inspiring women past and present with this empowering Bingo game from Laurence King Publishing! In Wonder Women Bingo, your cards are full of pictures of courageous, trailblazing women — athletes, activists, scientists, politicians, and many more. Each woman is illustrated by an elegant portrait, and you'll hope to get a line of five across your card to win! This game includes 48 illustrated chips, a game board, eight double-sided bingo cards, counters for you to mark up your card, and an illustrated booklet with short bios about each of these pioneering women.
Florence Nightingale revolutionized the world of medicine when she founded modern nursing! She was famously known as "The Lady with the Lamp," a title she earned while carrying for wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. This 12-inch doll from the Inspiring Women line is sculpted to Nightingale's likeness and is fully poseable for lots of play or display possibilities. She comes wearing a 19th century nurse’s uniform featuring a gray dress with a lacey collar and sleeve trim, and comes with a lamp accessory like the one she carried in real life. This set includes the doll, a doll stand, and a Certificate of Authenticity.
Celebrate 100 years of women's suffrage in the US with this doll of activist Susan B. Anthony! This 12-inch doll from Barbie's Inspiring Women line pays tribute to her decades of tireless advocacy on behalf of women as one of the foremost leaders of the Women's Suffrage Movement in America. The doll is designed to match portraits of Anthony, complete with a floor-length black dress accented with lace at the sleeves and bodice, spectacles, and a cameo brooch. This doll comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and a doll stand, perfect for display to remember this pioneering suffragist.
As a lawyer, a judge, and a Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has devoted her life to fairness and equality! You can celebrate this American icon with this Funko POP Vinyl figure. Ginsburg is depicted in her justice's robes, ready to hear tough cases at the Supreme Court. This 3 3/4 inch figure is just the right size for display on a desk or shelf, alone or in its collector window box. For another collectible figurine starring this respected activist and justice, check out the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Bobblehead for ages 6 and up.
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.
Maya Angelou overcome a difficult childhood — including childhood sexual abuse — and discovered that the written and spoken word helped set her spirit free. She would go on to earn a National Book Award nomination for her 1970 autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and more — and she was the first African American and female poet to speak at a U.S. Presidential inauguration. This doll from the Barbie Inspiring Women line is sculpted to Angelou's likeness and comes with clothing inspired by her actual wardrobe. It's sure to inspire people both young and old to dream big, just like Angelou did!
"We can do it!" declared Rosie the Riveter, and millions of women answered her call! This wartime recruiting symbol that brought women to factories and shipyards across America has since become an icon of feminism. You can pay tribute to her with this hand painted 8" bobblehead from Royal Bobbles, which depicts her in her working clothes and red bandana, flexing her arm to show her strength.
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.
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.
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.
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. Fans of Rosie can also check out these Rosie the Riveter Paper Dolls for ages 6 and up.
We love Lucy! This gorgeous Lucille Ball doll from the Barbie Tribute line celebrates this pioneering TV icon and entrepreneur. Sculpted to her likeness and featuring her trademark red curls, this articulated 12" doll is wearing a blue satin dress, a white lace jacket, silver heels, "pearl" earrings, and an aquamarine ring. She's also carrying a script emblazoned with the Desilu Studios logo! This stunning doll comes in display-suitable packaging, and includes a doll stand and a certificate of authenticity.
Ride 'em cowgirl! This coloring book includes stories ranging from those of the earliest working cow women to those of Buffalo Bill's troop to movie queens and rodeo stars to Wild Horse Annie, who worked to save the wild mustangs. Entertaining biographies and line drawings of the cowgirls and their horses to color are included.
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.
Eleanor Roosevelt was a champion for women's rights, civil rights, and labor rights in her own country — and later, her work on human rights across the globe would earn her the title "First Lady of the world!" Now this doll from the Barbie Inspiring Women line pays tribute to one of the most influential women of the 20th century. This 12" doll features a curvy body and a face sculpted in Roosevelt's likeness, with an iris-print dress inspired by actual portraits. This set includes a doll, a doll stand, a Certificate of Authenticity, and educational information about Roosevelt's role in history.
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.
When Helen Keller lost her sight and hearing after an illness as a toddler, many people believed she would never be able to learn — and even that she should be institutionalized. Instead, she became the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, and became a famous author, speaker, and advocate for disability rights! This 12" articulated doll from the Barbie Inspiring Women doll line is modeled on Keller's clothing as a student in the early 1900s, and the packaging, designed in partnership with the National Federation of the Blind, even includes Braille lettering to make it more accessible. For play or display, it's a terrific way to pay tribute to a determined activist.
Astronaut fans — or those dreaming of being an astronaut themselves someday! — will love this doll based on Italian aviator, engineer and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from the Inspiring Women line! This 11.5" articulated doll is modeled after Cristoforetti, who holds the record for the longest uninterrupted spaceflight by a European astronaut. She's wearing a spacesuit with authentic details like patches representing the ESA emblem, EVA insignia and the Italian flag.
Younger puzzlers can learn all about inspiring women past and present with this puzzle from Buffalo Games! This puzzle features large format pieces that are easier to handle and place, and "Perfect Snap" technology to ensure that you have a tight fit between pieces. The artwork features images of 20 of history’s most recognizable and influential women — from Malala Yousafzai to Sacagawea to Anne Frank to Bessie Coleman — along with a brief summary of their lives and accomplishments. It even comes with a full-color poster that you can display afterward!
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.
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!
Fans of Mudpuppy's colorful picture books of feminist icons will love this 500-piece puzzle! This 20" by 20" puzzle features sixteen inspiring women, including Amelia Earhart, Billie Jean King, Cleopatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Frida Kahlo, Gloria Steinem, Hillary Clinton, Josephine Baker, Harriet Tubman, Malala Yousafzai, Marie Curie, Maya Angelou, Queen Elizabeth I, Rosa Parks, Sacagawea, and Sally Ride. Kids will love the bold artwork of their heroes!
The women in this game from Buffalo Games were trailblazers, pioneers, trendsetters, and rebels — they were icons! In this fun, strategic matching game, you'll team up with forty women, some famous and some lesser-known, as you collect one icon for each category, including leadership, human rights, science & innovation, the arts, and adventure. But you'll have to stay on your toes! Action cards can interrupt your plans — or you can play one to block one of your opponents. Plus, for every game purchased, a portion of proceeds will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union, home of the Women's Rights Project.
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.
Celebrate the January 21, 2017 Women's March — the largest single-day protest in American history — with this gorgeous puzzle from eeBoo! This 23" diameter round puzzle contains 500 pieces, all made from recycled gray board and printed with vegetable-based inks. The border features a quote from Gloria Steinem: “We are linked, we are not ranked, and this is a day that will change us forever because we are together, each of us individually and collectively will never be the same again.”
Show off your love of the Notorious RBG with this set of pins from The Unemployed Philosophers Guild! This pair features the inimitable Ruth Bader Ginsburg; one pin depicts her face, while the other boldly declares, "I dissent." These brass, nickel-plated, enamel pins are built to last, and come with rubber backs that will ensure your pins stay put. They're the perfect way to pay tribute to a groundbreaking lawyer and an American icon!
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 — or, for a puzzle by Ignotofsky featuring women in art, check out the Women in Art 500-Piece Puzzle.
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!
eeBoo’s Votes for Women 500 Piece Puzzle celebrates great people who contributed to the Suffrage Movement! From Susan B. Anthony to Alice Paul, from Ida B. Wells to the Grimke sisters, these heroes did their part to ensure everyone had a voice. This 500-piece puzzle is made with durable recycled puzzle board in a unique 23" diameter round shape that adds an additional challenge to completion, and an informational poster is also included. For another puzzle celebrating the suffragists, check out the Nineteenth Amendment 1000-Piece Puzzle for ages 13 and up.
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.
Enjoy this reminder that "Well behaved women seldom make history" with this 1000-piece puzzle from Galison! This high-quality puzzle with art by Ana San José features an image of a gallery wall featuring inspiring women from history, past and present — sharp-eyed puzzlers will spot Amelia Earhart, Katherine Johnson, Malala Yousafzai, and many more. With precision-cut pieces and gold foil accents, this 20 by 27 inch puzzle will be one to treasure.
Science rocks! These printed socks from Good Luck Sock feature four inspiring women scientists: chemist and X-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin; primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall; mathematician and pioneer of computer programming Ada Lovelace; and neurobiologist Rita Levi-Montalcini. This mid-calf length socks are 56% polyester, 37% cotton, 5% elastic, and 2% Spandex, and feature a reinforced heel and toe; they fit most women's shoe sizes 5- to 10. For another set from Good Luck Sock featuring more women scientists, including Marie Curie, Grace Hopper, Hypatia, and Hedy Lamarr, check out the Greatest Women in Science Socks.
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!
Keep a little inspiration nearby with these Ruth Bader Ginsburg crew socks from Good Luck Sock! These 56% polyester, 37% cotton, 5% elastic, 2% Spandex socks feature a print of Ginsburg, wearing her famous dissenting collar, against a green background patterned with judges' gavels, and the words "I dissent" on the toe. With a reinforced heel and toe, you'll know they're durable enough to hold up to many years of fighting for justice! Available in one size which fits most women's shoe sizes 5 to 9.
Pay tribute to groundbreaking artist Frida Kahlo with this puzzle from EuroGraphics' Fine Arts line! This 1000-piece puzzle depicts Kahlo's "Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird," a 1940 painting that has become one of her most famous works. With sturdy pieces made in the USA from high quality blue board, this 19.25 by 26.5 inch puzzle is perfect for any Kahlo fan to assemble, either alone or as part of a family puzzle project.
We can do it! Let the feminist icon Rosie the Riveter inspire you with this shirt from the Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company. This shirt features the classic Rosie print on a vintage navy background, complete with her empowering slogan. It's made from a cotton, polyester, and rayon blend that makes it soft and easy to care for, and comes in sizes small to 3XL. She'll love the inspiring print, and the fact that these shirts are designed and printed in the USA from high-quality inks.
Fans of artist Karen Hallion's inspiring She Series posters can now enjoy this 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle featuring her artwork inspired by real women past and present! This 19.25" by 26.625" puzzle features 36 inspiring real woemn, from Frida Kahlo to Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Katherine Johnson to Malala Yousafzai. With high-quality pieces made from 69-pt chipboard, you'll love putting this puzzle together over and over again! Fans of Hallion's work will also love the She Series: Pop Culture puzzle.
Fans of author Jane Austen will love this puzzle featuring her portrait and many of her most famous literary quotes! This high-quality puzzle from The Unemployed Philosophers Guild has a reduced glare matte finish that makes it easy to see all the details. At 1,000 pieces and with a 19 3/4" x 27 1/2", it's a beautiful sight to behold — or, you can take it apart and frame the included mini poster instead. For another Austen-inspired puzzle, check out the World of Jane Austen Puzzle, also for ages 13 and up.
If Ruth Bader Ginsburg has won you over with her determination, her chutzpah, and her searing dissents, then this shirt makes it clear that you hail Queen RBG! Ginsburg is depicted as the Queen of Hearts — with gavel and law books in hand, of course — on this 50% polyester, 25% ring spun cotton, and 25% rayon shirt from Ann Arbor. The shirt is printed with high quality inks so the print will last. This shirt is available in women's sizes small to 3XL.
Celebrate inspiring women with this circular jigsaw puzzle from Ridley's! This 26.75" diameter puzzle features a diverse group of history-making women from past and present, including Celia Cruz, Harriet Tubman, Pat Summitt, Malala Yousafzai, Greta Thunberg, Amelia Earhart, and many more. The circular design of this puzzle makes it perfect to work on as a group around the table, and the included poster guide helps with puzzle assembly or can be used for display later.
Pay tribute to one of the world's favorite authors with these socks from Socksmith! These colorful and elegant socks include a silhouette portrait, floral embellishment, and a favorite quote: "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!" With two background colors to choose from, lavender and steel blue, they're the perfect gift for any Austen fan. For another option, check out the Jane Austen Knee Socks, also for ages 13 and up.
Celebrate the life and accomplishments of Ruth Bader Ginsburg with this gorgeous 1,000-piece puzzle from Funwares! This high-quality puzzle, which is 27" x 19" when completed, depicts Ginsburg in a crown against a backdrop of the stars and stripes, along with a quote: "Women belong in all places where decisions are being made." With thick pieces with virtually no puzzle dust and a vibrant image that's suitable for framing, it's the perfect gift for a puzzler who loves the Notorious RBG.
Celebrate the women, past and present, who've changed the world by defying convention! This shirt features the famous quote by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and is available in a rainbow of colors and sizes for the whole family, from infant bodysuits to adult and adult plus size T-shirts. Long-sleeved versions and hoodies are also available, making this the perfect gift idea for any Mighty Girl or woman in your life.