This Barbie is Making History: Iconic Women in Pink

By Kat La Mantia | August 10 2023 | GeneralAllGiftPop CultureBlogAdultsChildren's

The Barbie movie has been breaking records since its release, raking in over 1 billion dollars at the box office! Greta Gerwig’s sugary pink triumph has become a cultural moment unto itself, with Barbiecore taking off as its own trend. Barbie pink is certainly the color of 2023, but more than just the playful feminine aesthetics of Barbieland or her dream house, Barbiecore is about a celebration of womanhood.

Barbie is the quintessential woman on the go. She can do it all, transforming from doctor to astronaut to chef without ever breaking a sweat! Barbie fans admire her independence, her sense of unabashed femme style, and her constant pursuit of her dreams. While the craze for anything pink continues, stay true to the Barbie ethos by celebrating the real-life women who have made their mark on history, art, and culture! From Dolly Parton to Malala Yousafza, take a look at some of our favorite books featuring powerful, iconic women who embody what Barbie is all about.


Behind the Seams
My Life in Rhinestones
A beautiful celebration of Dolly Parton’s iconic sense of style with entertaining personal stories and 450 full-color photographs, including exclusive images from her private costume archive
$50.00 US
Oct 17, 2023
9 x 12
336 Pages
Ten Speed Press

RBG A to Z
The Life of An Icon from ACLU To Gen Z
An illustrated A to Z celebrating the unparalleled impact of the phenomenon that is RBG. 
$14.95 US
Mar 22, 2022
6-1/3 x 7-1/3
56 Pages
Smith Street Books

Malala: Activist for Girls' Education
A moving look at the life of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and her crusade for education rights for girls in Pakistan.
$8.99 US
Jun 13, 2023
10 x 10
48 Pages
Age 6-9 years

96 Facts About Taylor Swift
Quizzes, Quotes, Questions, and More! With Bonus Journal Pages for Writing!
The ultimate fact book and journal for fans of Taylor Swift!
$6.99 US
Sep 19, 2023
6 x 9
80 Pages
Grosset & Dunlap
Age 8-12 years

A Story of Nina Simone
A 2022 Coretta Scott King Book Award Honoree!This luminous, defining picture book biography illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Christian Robinson, tells the remarkable and inspiring story of acclaimed singer Nina Simone and her bold, defiant, and exultant legacy.
$18.99 US
Sep 28, 2021
8-1/2 x 10-1/2
56 Pages
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Age 4-8 years

A Collection of Mighty Women
On the heels of Ashley Longshore’s successful I Do Not Cook, I Do Not Clean, I Do Not Fly Commercial comes Roar! A Collection of Mighty Women: inspirational portraits of the most culturally seminal women in history, created in the artist’s colorful signature style. 
$45.00 US
Nov 23, 2021
9-3/8 x 12-1/2
224 Pages

Frida A to Z
The Life of an Icon From Activism to Zapotec
An illustrated A to Z celebrating the unparalleled impact of the artistic phenomenon that is Frida Kahlo.
$14.95 US
Mar 17, 2020
7-7/8 x 9-3/8
56 Pages
Smith Street Books

Frida Kahlo: The Last Interview
and Other Conversations
Frida Kahlo's legacy continues to grow in the public imagination in the nearly fifty years since her "discovery" in the 1970s. This collection of conversations over the course of her brief career allows a peek at the woman behind the hype. And allows us to see the image of herself she carefully crafted for the public.
$16.99 US
Sep 01, 2020
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
96 Pages
Melville House

Original Sisters
Portraits of Tenacity and Courage
A stunning collection of more than 150 color portraits of groundbreaking women throughout history—many unsung or forgotten—by one of the best illustrators working today  
$30.00 US
Nov 09, 2021
8 x 10
320 Pages

Women Photographers
From Anna Atkins to Newsha Tavakolian
Now enlarged and updated, this introduction to great and famous women photographers from the 19th century to today features striking works of 60 artists, along with in-depth biographical and critical assessments.
$40.00 US
Sep 12, 2023
8-1/4 x 10-1/2
256 Pages

Nadine Ijewere
Our Own Selves
A celebration of identity and individual human beauty, this vibrant monograph is the first book dedicated to fashion photographer Nadine Ijewere—the first Black woman photographer to land a cover of Vogue in the magazine’s 125-year history.   
$55.00 US
Jan 25, 2022
9-1/2 x 11-3/4
192 Pages

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Inspiring Young Changemakers
The fifth volume of the best-selling Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls series, 100 Inspiring Young Changemakers, shines a spotlight on extraordinary young women who are making their mark on the world today.
$35.00 US
Oct 04, 2022
7-5/16 x 9-13/16
240 Pages
Rebel Girls
Age 7 and up

She Persisted: Claudette Colvin
Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds!
$14.99 US
Feb 02, 2021
5-5/16 x 7-5/8
80 Pages
Philomel Books
Age 6-9 years

Who Is Malala Yousafzai?: A Who Was? Board Book
The latest addition to the WHO HQ program: a biography of Malala Yousafzai, created specifically for the preschool audience!
$8.99 US
Aug 15, 2023
7 x 7
Board Book
24 Pages
Rise x Penguin Workshop
Age 2-4 years

Grace of Monaco
Princess in Dior
A singular look into Grace of Monaco's stylish life through the exceptional dresses that the house of Dior created for her over the years.
$45.00 US
Sep 03, 2019
8 x 10-1/2
152 Pages

Liberté Egalité Beyoncé
Empowering quotes and wisdom from our fierce and flawless queen
A beautifully illustrated book featuring quotes and general wisdom from Queen Bey.
$14.95 US
Oct 30, 2018
6-1/4 x 7-1/4
112 Pages
Smith Street Books

Grace Jones A to Z
The life of an icon - from Androgyny to Zula
An illustrated A to Z, celebrating the unparalleled artistic impact of the cultural icon Grace Jones
$14.95 US
Sep 25, 2018
7-7/8 x 9-7/16
56 Pages
Smith Street Books

Let it Lizzo!
50 Reasons Why Lizzo is Perfection
This hilarious unofficial scrapbook is a love letter to Lizzo, the queen of self-affirmation, soulful pop bangers, and, of course, the red carpet.
$14.95 US
Oct 12, 2021
6-1/3 x 7-1/3
104 Pages
Smith Street Books

Women Artists A to Z
An empowering and educational alphabet picture book about women artists, perfect for fans of Rad American Women A-Z.
$19.99 US
Feb 11, 2020
8 x 10
64 Pages
Dial Books
Age 3-7 years

Bold & Brave
Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote
The perfect read for the one-hundredth anniversary of the nineteenth amendment and in advance of the upcoming presidential election, this inspiring picture book from United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand shares the stories of ten suffragists who fought for women's right to vote
$8.99 US
Jun 02, 2020
8-1/2 x 11
40 Pages
Dragonfly Books
Age 6-9 years

Modern HERstory
Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History
An inspiring and radical celebration of 70 women, girls, and gender nonbinary people who have changed--and are still changing--the world, from the Civil Rights Movement and Stonewall riots through Black Lives Matter and beyond.
$17.99 US
Oct 16, 2018
8 x 8
208 Pages
Ten Speed Press

This is the first comprehensive monograph on the Yayoi Kusama's work in 10 years. Produced in close collaboration with the artist, the book is timed to coincide with an internationally touring retrospective [landing at the Whitney in June 2012], and the launch of Louis Vuitton's products produced in collaboration with the artist. The LV initiative is the largest campaign in association with an artist the company has ever produced--Kusama products will be featured in every store and every window worldwide will be dressed in Kusama merchandise.
$75.00 US
Jul 10, 2012
9-1/2 x 12-1/2
304 Pages