Today, on the anniversary of her birth, we are celebrating scientist (marine biologist/zoologist), environmentalist and Rachel Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964), who inspired modern environmentalism with the publication of her book Silent Spring in 1962. Based on the game-changing impact she made, Rachel is one of nine trailblazing women whose extraordinary lives and historic contributions are documented in the children’s book series, The Women of Our Time.

Targeting kids ages 8 – 12, each biography offers a history lesson that is intended to inform, inspire, and engage. The series was originally published in the late 80s/early 90s, but since December 2014 the publisher has been rolling out reissued editions of individual books with new cover art that showcases beautiful illustrations of each featured woman.

Seven of the nine titles in the current series are available now with the two remaining – Margaret Mead and Golda Meir – scheduled for released on October 6, 2015.

We’re not sure if there are plans to add more women to the series, but this is the impressive lineup, to date…

Author, activist, and civil rights leader


Pioneer girl, and one of the most important children’s book authors of all time


Champion who broke records in golf, track and field, and other sports, at a time when there were few opportunities for female athletes


Pioneer, adventurer, pilot


Educator and humanitarian… “Forget that I am deaf and blind and think of me as an ordinary woman.”


“Ask the girls,” she always said when a problem came up. “They’ll know what’s best.”


Teacher, politician, and the fourth Prime Minister of Israel


Author and one of the most famous cultural anthropologists in history