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Have you seen the Broadway musical SUFFS? Then you’ll love these books!

In Suffs, the suffragist movement is taking Broadway by storm – or should we say, by song! Suffs, the Tony award-winning musical, explores the friendships and heartbreak that united the women of the suffragist movement. While Suffs acts as a reminder that the battle for women’s rights is ongoing, it allows viewers to learn about the trailblazers who risked their lives in the name of equality.

We’ve curated a list of books that highlight pioneers for women’s rights, including some of our favorite Suffs characters!

Alice Paul and the Fight for Women’s Rights by Deborah Kops

Here is the story of the extraordinary Alice Paul, a leader in the long struggle for votes for women. A true “girl power” book for today’s young women!

Fight of the Century by Barb Rosenstock; illustrated by Sarah Green

The fight for women’s suffrage between women’s rights leader Alice Paul and President Woodrow Wilson is creatively presented as a four-round boxing match in this energetic nonfiction picture book.

A Take-Charge Girl Blazes a Trail to Congress by Gretchen Woelfle; illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon

For take-charge girls in the making and fans of I Dissent and Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice, this is the story of Jeannette Rankin, the first US congresswoman.

Abzuglutely! by Sarah Aronson; illustrated by Andrea D’Aquino

Meet unique and outspoken Bella Abzug, the iconic Jewish politician and activist who fought for justice and women’s rights, in this compelling picture book biography.

A Lady Has the Floor by Kate Hannigan, illustrated by Alison Jay

Here is a nonfiction picture book biography of trailblazer Belva Lockwood, the first woman lawyer to argue in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Belva was a lawyer, activist and presidential candidate who devoted her life to overcoming obstacles and demanding equality for women.

Lizzie Demands a Seat by Beth Anderson; illustrated by E.B. Lewis

In 1854, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Jennings, an African American schoolteacher, fought back when she was unjustly denied entry to a New York City streetcar, sparking the beginnings of the long struggle to gain equal rights on public transportation.