Women in History Statistics

I am loving the glut of books about women that are coming out for children. We may have bought quite a few. I’m planning to do a series on these books, starting with some stats because we haven’t read them all yet for a proper review.

We have the following:
A Galaxy of Her Own (61 names)
Amazing Women: 101 Women to Inspire You (100 names)
Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World / Fantastically Great Women Who Made History (27 names)
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls / Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 (207 names)
HerStory (50 names)
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (40 names)
Little People, Big Dreams series (20 books – we own three)
Three Cheers for Women! (16 names)
Women In Science / Women In Sport (100 names)

I’ve grouped some because they are related and names won’t duplicate between them, so there are nine groups of books or series. For the Little People, Big Dreams series I searched online to find as many different books as I could. I have excluded additional lists of women at the end of books and only included the ones with full write ups. For example, Three Cheers for Women! has over 70 names in total but I’ve only included 16.

There are 430 unique women / groups named. Where individuals were named together I split them up if I could, there were about five groups I couldn’t do this for, all only mentioned once.

The “top twelve” historical women, according to this selection of books are:
Marie Curie (included 7 times)
Ada Lovelace (included 6 times)
Amelia Earhart (included 6 times)
Frida Kahlo (included 6 times)
Katherine Johnson (included 6 times)
Rosa Parks (included 6 times)
Valentina Tereshkova (included 6 times)
Anne Frank (included 5 times)
Coco Chanel (included 5 times)
Harriet Tubman (included 5 times)
Mae C Jemison (included 5 times)
Maya Angelou (included 5 times)

After these, there were 11 women included 4 times; 22 women included 3 times; and 58 women included twice.

There are five women of colour in the top twelve, although three would be moved to top 23 if I didn’t specifically have a book on Black history. There are no women from Asia or Oceania in the top twelve (and only two Asian women in the top twenty-three).

Only one of the top twelve lived and died before the twentieth century, and only four more were born before the twentieth century. Three of the top twelve are still currently living.

In future blogs I’ll compare the contents and styles of the books/series. They are all very beautiful but I’ve noticed some inaccuracies in the stories I’ve currently read, so I’ll need to spend some time if I’m going through over 600 entries!

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