Title: SHE DID IT! 21 WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WAY WE THINK
Author: Emily Arnold McCully
Pub. Date: November 6, 2018
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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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:
Jane Addams Ethel Percy Andrus Ella Baker Gertrude Berg
Rachel Carson Shirley Chisholm Joan Cooney Isadora Duncan
Barbara Gittings Temple Grandin Grace Hopper Dolores Huerta Billie Jean King Dorothea Lange Patsy Mink Vera Rubin
Margaret Sanger Gladys Tantaquidgeon Ida M. Tarbell Madame C. J. Walker
Alice Waters Second Wave Feminism
Women are often the driving force behind positive changes we see in the world, however, their accomplishments are often overshadowed by their male counterparts or simply swept under the rug of history. She Did It! profiles 21 women who have inspired positive change in US history. Each profile includes a mini-biography of the woman's life from birth to death or present time. Their inspirations, failures, hardships and successes are all included. Their journeys were rarely easy. The writing is done so that middle grade readers can clearly understand, complete with definitions and vocabulary; although it is still informative for an adult reader. Many of women who are profiled are women that I have heard of, some were not. I was impressed with the variety of women throughout time, women from different backgrounds, ethnic groups and who led change in areas from human rights, civil rights, equality, the arts, media and the sciences.
I was very happy that the book included some of my personal heroines including Rachel Carson, Isadora Duncan, Grace Hopper and Temple Grandin. Many of these women are not well known outside of their own spheres of influence; however changes that were affected by their advancements are still in use today. I was glad to read about the difficult parts of their lives, their struggles and perseverance for what they wanted to accomplish. It is important to know that creating change is not usually easy, but still very possible. I was also happy to learn about women who I was unaware of including Gladys Tataquidgeon, a leader for Native American rights and culture, Ella Baker, who was integral in the civil rights movement alongside Martin Luther King and Alice Waters, whose work with food accessibility is still being accomplished today. As I read through these women's stories, I began to see that even as they lived at different times and were champions of different causes, that each victory they had connected to and helped fuel the next, fully revealing the meaning of sisterhood.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
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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