|She did it! : 21 women who changed the way we think|
Author: McCully, Emily Arnold
Twenty-one women who challenged the status quo, championed others, and made their voices heard.
Kirkus Reviews (10/15/18)
School Library Journal (04/01/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 12/15/2018 This insightful look at 21 women who left a legacy of inspiration introduces readers to such inspiring figures as Barbara Gittings, Patsy Takemoto Mink, and Shirley Chisholm, to name a few. The importance of women’s rights is contextualized in the back matter, which describes “eight things a woman could not do before the second wave.” Readers will learn that this second wave was a women’s movement in the 1960s, and that before it, women could not serve on a jury in most states or take out a bank loan. Readers will learn how more opportunities became available to women over the years, even as more conservative issues, working against them, continued to crop up. Despite advancements, this book reminds readers that sexism is ancient and persistent and must be beaten back again and again. Women’s rights and the harassment that still hangs on show that there is still work to do. The illustrations, consisting of portraits and spot art over white backgrounds, are striking and whimsical. A thorough introduction to the women's-rights movement and its American origins. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 04/01/2019 Gr 3–7-This charmingly formatted book introduces 21 women, each with guts, grit, and can-do spirit. While they pursued a variety of goals and careers—social activist, investigative journalist, artist, athlete, environmentalist, scientist, and more—they each made a lasting impact on society. Unfortunately, only four women of color and one Native woman are profiled out of the 21 figures. Each woman is presented using a similar format: a portrait of her in watercolor and pen-and-ink, an overview of her career and the significance of what she achieved, subheadings introducing important events in her life or background information needed to understand the time in which she lived, and a quote. In summing up the significance of each woman's career, the author offers her own thoughts as well ("Ida Tarbell's career reminds us that a democracy must have fearless and accurate reporting for the people to be served"). The format is designed for clarity and ease of reading. Different colors are used to indicate subheadings and distinguish between the events being narrated and background information provided. This will assist readers in reviewing, retelling, and summarizing. VERDICT Robust biography collections may want to consider.-Myra Zarnowski, City University of New York - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.