One of the great ways to get our kids excited to learn about anything at all is through crafts and coloring pages. So for National Women’s History Month this year, we searched the web to find some of the very best printable coloring pages featuring groundbreaking American women.

We tried to stick with really good renderings of the women; so these are more lifelike than cartoon-y. Also, wow. It was hard to stop at just 16.

A follow-up may be in order!

Some of these famous women coloring pages are free, and a few cost a little bit to support the indie artists who created them, but all of these famous women coloring pages are definitely worth the printer ink. And more importantly, the beginnings of conversations they may inspire your kids.

Like, “Any reason in particular you chose purple glitter pen for Mae Jemison’s space suit?”

-Caroline, with Liz

Related: 11 simple ways to honor women every day, not just during Women’s History Month.

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National Women's History Month coloring pages: Rosa Parks | AZ Coloring 

 

Rosa Parks Coloring Page

A roundup of important American women coloring pages would never be complete without the inclusion of Rosa Parks, whose famous act of civil disobedience was a turning point in the civil rights movement. She was not actually smiling in the UPI photo that this illustration is based on, but she definitely was after the Montgomery buses became integrated.

Free download AZ Coloring

 

National Women's History Month coloring pages: Mae C. Jemison | Super Coloring

 

Dr. Mae C. Jemison Coloring Page

If you just watched Hidden Figures like I did, you know that becoming the first African-American woman in space was no small feat. As if that weren’t enough, Jemison also practiced as a physician, served in the Peace Corps, started her own tech company, and appeared on Star Trek. (Jelly!)

Free download, Supercoloring.com

National Women's History Month coloring pages: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Coloring Book

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Coloring Pages

It’s been a year since we discovered this collection of 11 free printable coloring pages and I still haven’t gotten over how utterly fantastic they are. The notorious RBG riding a unicorn, sporting a RGB tattoo, or taking a selfie? Perfection.

Free download from Karen Kox for She Knows

 

National Women's History Month coloring pages: Sandra Day O'Connor | Dover Publications

Sandra Day O’Connor Coloring Page

We love that Dover Publishing, to promote coloring books of theirs like Famous American Women, offers a large sample of famous women coloring pages from the book, all free for download. That includes this portrait of America’s first female Supreme Court Justice, who served for more 25 years before retiring in 2006. Thanks, Justice O’Connor, for paving the way for Justices Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan. And hopefully, many more to follow.

Free printable, Dover Publications

 

National Women's History Month coloring pages: Pocahontas | Great Women Paper Dolls collection by Maria Varga

 

Pocahontas Coloring Page and Paper Doll 

This amazing collection offers tons of famous women coloring pages that double as paper dolls, making our kids eyes light up for sure! The Pocahontas coloring page is perfect for kids who may only know her through the Disney cartoon. Plus, if you’re going to honor American women, you have to include native women who were here long before they were known as “American.”

Free download, Great Women Paper Dolls collection by Maria Varga

 

National Women's History Month coloring pages: Florence Nightingale | Great Women Paper Dolls collection by Maria Varga

Florence Nightingale Coloring Page and Paper Doll 

Another great option from the collection is this coloring page of Florence Nightingale, one of the great reformers of health care. (Where is she when we need her now!) Also check the collection for famous American women coloring pages like Susan B. Anthony and Bessie Smith, plus tons more from all over the world, from Cleopatra to Golda Meir.

Free download, Great Women Paper Dolls collection by Maria Varga

National Women's History Month coloring pages: Angela Davis | Feminist Coloring

Angela Davis Coloring Page 

I’m obsessed with this funky, beautifully rendered design of activist and acclaimed author Angela Davis. Such a bold, powerful statement piece for a bold, powerful woman who’s been such an important figure in the civil rights movement, and still is today.

$2 download, Feminist Coloring

Related: 10 outstanding children’s books about activism in honor of MLK Day

National Women's History Month coloring pages: Susan B. Anthony | Woo Jr.

 

Susan B. Anthony Coloring Page

We all recognize the woman on this coin, but it will be nice to see how she looks in color, instead of all silver, when the kids get their hand on this coloring page.

Free download, Kids Activities Whoo! 

 

 

National Women's History Month coloring pages: Harriet Tubman | Amazing Women of History Blog

Harriet Tubman Coloring Page

This illustrated tribute to nerves-of-steel abolitionist and slave-liberator Harriet Tubman is so powerful, rendered as a Wanted poster. As far as famous women coloring pages go, this could be a great place for kids to start because her journey inspired that of so many thousands more.

Free download, Amazing Women of History

Related: Empowering gift ideas for girls who will run the world one day.

National Women's History Month coloring pages: Eleanor Roosevelt | Feminist Coloring

Eleanor Roosevelt Coloring Page

This is a fantastic famous women’s coloring page featuring one important American First Lady our kids should definitely know more about. I’m crazy about the quote featured, and the flower wreath she’s totally rocking. Beautifully done.

$2 download, Feminist Coloring Pages

 

 

National Women's History Month coloring pages: Michelle Obama | Feminist Coloring on Etsy

Michelle Obama Coloring Page

As long as we’re talking First Ladies, Michelle Obama was such an inspiration to so many girls for the past 8 years, we bet they’d love this coloring page to hang on their walls. Fierce grace: Yes!

$2 download, Feminist Coloring Pages

 

National Women's History Month coloring pages: Helen Keller | AZ Coloring

Helen Keller Coin Coloring Page

I’m still anxiously awaiting the first woman on an American dollar bill so we can catch up with pretty much every other country in the world. For now, I’m stoked that Alabama chose to honor Helen Keller on their state quarter — which also happens to be the first American coin to include braille. So cool.

Free download, A Z Coloring

National Women's History Month coloring pages: Ellen Ochoa | Education.com

Ellen Ochoa Coloring Page

The first Latina woman in history to travel in space is a perfect female pioneer to get to know better during Women’s History Month. As the current director of the Johnson Space center — and only the second woman to ever hold that position — she’s still going strong as someone our kids can look up to.

Free download with registration, education.com

 

National Women's History Month coloring pages: Maya Angelou | Super Coloring

Maya Angelou Coloring Page

I’ve been a fan of phenomenal woman Maya Angelou and her poetry since I was a preteen, and I love how this coloring page captures her some of her creative spirit. Plus, so many fun details to color in.

Free, SuperColoring.com

 

National Women's History Month coloring pages: Clara Hale | Dover Publications

Clara Hale Coloring Page

All those cute children may inspire kids to choose to color this coloring page — and hopefully get to know Mother Hale’s humanitarian work with foster children better. She’s a wonderful example of a woman who translated her own childhood hardships into a commitment to invaluable public service.

Free download, Dover Publications

 

National Women's History Month coloring pages: Hillary Rodham Clinton | She Knows

Hillary Rodham Clinton Coloring Pages

This Rosie the Riveter-inspired coloring page is such a good look on former Senator, Secretary of State, and the first female presidential candidate from a major US party. If you’re a fan, download the whole amazing coloring book to see 11 images including Hillary riding a dragon — and even breaking up the testosterone party on Mount Rushmore. Ha.

Free download from Karen Kox for She Knows