I received this book at no cost from the publisherShe Did It!: 21 Women Who Changed the Way We Think by Emily Arnold McCully
Published by Disney-Hyperion on November 6, 2018
SHE DID IT! 21 WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WAY WE THINK
Prepare to discover new heroes among these twenty-one women who challenged the status quo, championed others, and made their voices heard. From Jane Addams to Alice Waters, from groundbreaking artists and social justice advocates to scientific pioneers and business innovators, a strong thread of trailblazing women runs through American history. Written in compelling, accessible prose and vividly illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Emily Arnold McCully, this collection of inspiring and expertly researched profiles charts the bold paths these women forged in the twentieth century.
The subjects profiled include:
Ethel Percy Andrus
Billie Jean King
Ida M. Tarbell
Madame C. J. Walker
Second Wave Feminism
This is a fascinating book of biographies of women who made a difference. Each subject is given about ten pages to go over their lives in remarkable detail that is easy to read and help introduce children to these women. I think this is a great place to start for middle graders to learn about these women. Some are famous, others are more unknown but each changed something about the lives of women. There are politicians, business women, artists and something for even those not interested in history. There is a story for everyone.
The most interesting to me was Madame CJ Walker, who started a hair care line for African American women. She moved all women forward with her business acumen but especially the underserved. Her innovative ideas are still used today. The other one is Patsy Mink who was the first Asian American to be elected to Congress and fought for the rights of women by coauthoring Title IX. That law helped equalize the balance between the sexes in schools. While this book just outlines basic of these women, it should help spark an interest in finding out more about them.
Emily Arnold McCully received the Caldecott Medal for Mirette on the High Wire. The illustrator of more than 40 books for young readers, she divides her time between Chatham, New York, and New York City.
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