In this engaging and highly accessible compendium for young readers and aspiring power brokers, Virginia Senator Janet Howell and her daughter-in-law Theresa Howell spotlight the careers of fifty American women in politics — and inspire readers to make a difference. With foreword by Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Meet some of the most influential leaders in America, including Jeannette Rankin, who, in 1916, became the first woman elected to Congress; Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman elected to Congress; Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court; and Bella Abzug, who famously declared, “This woman’s place is in the House . . . the House of Representatives!” This engaging and wide-ranging collection of biographies highlights the actions, struggles, and accomplishments of more than fifty of the most influential leaders in American political history — leaders who have stood up, blazed trails, and led the way.
Features: Bella Abzug Abigail Adams Madeleine Albright Tammy Baldwin Mary McLeod Bethune Hattie Wyatt Caraway Soledad Chávez Chacón Shirley Chisholm Hillary Rodham Clinton Elizabeth Dole Tammy Duckworth Crystal Bird Fauset Dianne Feinstein Geraldine Ferraro Betty Ford Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ella T. Grasso Nikki Haley Fannie Lou Hamer Kamala Harris Patricia Roberts Harris Carla Hayden Mazie Hirono Diane Humetewa Kay Bailey Hutchison Barbara Jordan Clare Boothe Luce Wilma Mankiller Susana Martinez Patsy Takemoto Mink Carol Moseley Braun Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Sandra Day O’Connor Nancy Pelosi Frances Perkins Jeannette Rankin Condoleezza Rice Eleanor Roosevelt Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Nellie Tayloe Ross Susanna Madora Salter Lottie Shackelford Margaret Chase Smith Sonia Sotomayor Elizabeth Cady Stanton Mary Church Terrell Elizabeth Warren Ida B. Wells-Barnett Edith Wilson Victoria Woodhull
We learn and become inspired by example, and what better examples for girls than the brave and barrier-breaking women in Leading the Way: Women in Power? The women profiled here were once girls who not only dreamed big but went big. These women from different backgrounds, in different circumstances, chose to lead, and I hope the young readers of this book do the same! —Former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano
Inspiring more young women to be politically active makes this book important to our future! —U.S. Senator Tim Kaine
It is so important that we inspire young people to become active in politics. The fifty women in this book are groundbreaking role models for our kids. —U.S. Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton
Focusing more on each woman’s achievements and major areas of interest than party affiliation or political lean, the authors offer a good mix of players on state and local as well as national stages, with a conscious eye to diversity…younger activists and public servants in search of courageous, tough-minded role models will be spoiled for choice even before they get to the concluding list of 30 "more leaders to discover." Makes a strong case that where "she persisted," others really can follow. —Kirkus Reviews
A book that deserves to be read front to back. Girls will feel inspired by this diverse and accomplished group who made their voices heard in order to incite real change. Researchers will find a variety of heroes to study and admire. —School Library Journal