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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. Meet some of the most influential leaders in America, including Jeannette Rankin, who, in 1916, became the 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. 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.


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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. Meet some of the most influential leaders in America, including Jeannette Rankin, who, in 1916, became the 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. 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.

30 review for Leading the Way: Women in Power

  1. 5 out of 5

    Morris

    I really enjoyed this collection of fifty miniature biographies of women in history. There is enough information to teach new facts to history buffs of any age. It would be a great tool to use to jumpstart deeper reasearch for middle-graders. Highly recommended! This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laura Gardner

    Leading the Way is a celebration of women in power on the eve of the 100 year anniversary of women receiving the right to vote in 1920. The collective biography of 50 women is organized by alphabetical order and highlighted with character traits of leaders including integrity, resourcefulness, courage, empathy, persistence and more. Each biography is written on two large format pages with an illustration of the woman’s face, an enlarged inspiring quote, and three to four power symbols of the Leading the Way is a celebration of women in power on the eve of the 100 year anniversary of women receiving the right to vote in 1920. The collective biography of 50 women is organized by alphabetical order and highlighted with character traits of leaders including integrity, resourcefulness, courage, empathy, persistence and more. Each biography is written on two large format pages with an illustration of the woman’s face, an enlarged inspiring quote, and three to four power symbols of the aforementioned character traits. Interesting details abound in their biographies such as that Abigail Adams was an early adopter of vaccinations for her children, that RBG does 20 pushups a day, and that Carla Hayden met the Obamas long before they were politically active. Women from all racial and economic backgrounds are included. Back pages include a list of other important female leaders, a “take action guide” that encourages students to “start with your community,” and extensive source notes. Throughout the biography, students are reminded that there are many ways to be involved in making change and that there’s a place for everyone. This large format biography is attractive, well-organized and easy to browse.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Zandria Senft

    Leading the Way: Women in Power teaches us about amazing women who have helped make this world a better place! I absolutely loved the "Power Symbols" in the book! I thought this was such a unique and visually appealing way to show some amazing traits these women have/had! The perfect book to pick up and learn about some powerful women!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I love introducing a book filled with short biographies of more recent women, some now passed, but who in the past century up to today, continue that fight for women's equal rights, continue to live their lives as examples of how persistence can achieve goals. Illustrations by Kylie Akia and Alexandra Bye carry a patriotic theme. Thanks to Candlewick Press for the copy. While reading profiles of fifty women, many whom I enjoy hearing speak today, I am both proud of their achievements, but sad I love introducing a book filled with short biographies of more recent women, some now passed, but who in the past century up to today, continue that fight for women's equal rights, continue to live their lives as examples of how persistence can achieve goals. Illustrations by Kylie Akia and Alexandra Bye carry a patriotic theme. Thanks to Candlewick Press for the copy. While reading profiles of fifty women, many whom I enjoy hearing speak today, I am both proud of their achievements, but sad at the obstacles they faced and had to overcome. The authors, Virginia State Senator Janet Howell and her daughter, Theresa Howell have identified eight important character traits that "great leaders often develop, along with some suggestions of how those qualities can be expressed." Wouldn't it be terrific to examine each one, to discuss with students how these traits help in achieving life's goals? In their stories, most of the women's stories showed that they started speaking out early in their lives. Bella Abzug, a Congresswoman eventually, began speaking in front of her father's butcher shop at age twelve about the need for a separate Jewish state. She went on to give speeches at subway stops and then asking for money for the cause. She argued that girls should be able to play in boy's street games! Harvard Law School turned her down saying they do not admit females, so she went on to Columbia Law School. She was a fighter! The backmatter adds pages that include "How to Stand Up, Speak Out, and Make a Difference: A Take-Action Guide", Additional Women's Names that can be good to research, comprehensive source notes, acknowledgments, short bios of the creators, and an index! The book can be a book to read and enjoy or a springboard for further research about one or more of these women. Thanks to

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    #partner Thank you to @candlewickpress for this review copy! "Leading the Way: Women in Power" by Senator Janet Howell and Theresa Howell released October 8 and is available now! . This is a perfect book for Election Tuesday in the United States! Written by Virginia Senator Janet Howell and her daughter-in-law Theresa Howell, this is a fantastic book to share with your children today. In the introduction to the book, our authors explain their agenda for this great book. They say: "This book is not #partner Thank you to @candlewickpress for this review copy! "Leading the Way: Women in Power" by Senator Janet Howell and Theresa Howell released October 8 and is available now! . This is a perfect book for Election Tuesday in the United States! Written by Virginia Senator Janet Howell and her daughter-in-law Theresa Howell, this is a fantastic book to share with your children today. In the introduction to the book, our authors explain their agenda for this great book. They say: "This book is not about a specific political party or agenda. It's about powerful women who, despite enormous challenges, have bravely stood up, spoken out, and broken new ground. IT's a call to action and an important introduction to the political role models, across the political spectrum, who have helped pave the way for the future leaders of America--both boys and girls--especially in a time where there is still ground that needs to be broken." . The book features 50 women from the last 300 years who have worked in politics making changes and changing the political landscape. Featured are women like: Eleanor Roosevelt, Kamala Harris, Betty Ford, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Abigail Adams. I loved learning about women i'd never known before and learning more about those I was more familiar with. At the end of the book is a section where readers can learn more about how they can be more active and make change in their own communities. . I love including books about strong, powerful, and determined women in my homeschool curriculum for my girls. I want my girls to know these women, and admire these women. I'm excited to begin including this one, also. . Thank you again to @candlewickpress!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maura

    I received a free advanced copy of this book from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers giveaway in exchange for an honest review. Highest recommendations for this book! I wish it was around when I was a kid. “Leading the Way” features short profiles of 50 women from past and present that are important political role models. These are truly inspiring leaders, heroines and role models from all walks of life. Some of these important women I had never heard of before and their work inspired me as an I received a free advanced copy of this book from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers giveaway in exchange for an honest review. Highest recommendations for this book! I wish it was around when I was a kid. “Leading the Way” features short profiles of 50 women from past and present that are important political role models. These are truly inspiring leaders, heroines and role models from all walks of life. Some of these important women I had never heard of before and their work inspired me as an adult! The best part of the book is that there’s no political agenda or focus on a specific political party so there’s biographies of women from all ends of the spectrum including high profile women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Hillary Clinton to Native American chiefs like Wilma Mankiller, present day Latina representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and many other diverse women leaders. There’s also a set of “power symbols” that accompany each woman showing personal qualities that set them apart and young women can aspire to, like Integrity, Resourcefulness, Persistence and Empathy. Each short profile also has an illustration of the woman and some of their well known quotes. Very inspiring book!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Brehl

    This is a comprehensive collection of WOMEN in th USA who took a stand, who demonstrated public leadership for causes close to their hearts. In some cases these are familiar names, in familiar places (Supreme Court, Congress, state government) but others are lesser known, faded into history, or associated with singular public causes. Each brief biography is a double page spread in this solid, over-sized picture book, which includes valuable nonfiction organizational elements: Table of Contents This is a comprehensive collection of WOMEN in th USA who took a stand, who demonstrated public leadership for causes close to their hearts. In some cases these are familiar names, in familiar places (Supreme Court, Congress, state government) but others are lesser known, faded into history, or associated with singular public causes. Each brief biography is a double page spread in this solid, over-sized picture book, which includes valuable nonfiction organizational elements: Table of Contents and extensive back matter, including practical advice on becoming a leader, additional women leaders to research, full citations for quotes throughout, and an index of leaders and topics. Valuable for quick research or comparison (and for verifying/contrasting with online information) for use in libraries, classrooms, and for individual future leaders.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Reshamad

    A dense volume of 2- large page biographies of 50 women leaders published as a 100 year anniversary on women's right to vote. This volume is big and large, done on beautiful glossy pages with illustrated images of the woman leader's profile on one side of the page followed by a brief biography of her work. A bold quote line from each of the leaders is highlighted and a few key attributes such as "perseverance","integrity" and "courage" to capture different traits of each of the leader is A dense volume of 2- large page biographies of 50 women leaders published as a 100 year anniversary on women's right to vote. This volume is big and large, done on beautiful glossy pages with illustrated images of the woman leader's profile on one side of the page followed by a brief biography of her work. A bold quote line from each of the leaders is highlighted and a few key attributes such as "perseverance","integrity" and "courage" to capture different traits of each of the leader is symbolized. Overall a great volume to own and gift. Well done for women of all ages.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alisa

    This book is amazing and I can't wait to add it to me classroom library. This is so important for all students of different races, genders, and religions to find a representative of themselves in this book. I even learned some new interesting facts. I think this is a must read for all children so they can grow up to become like these adults. I got this book from GoodReads First Reads and I'm so so so grateful (and so are my students!)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emmanuelle Works

    Delightful introduction to extraordinary, inspiring women who have made and are still making a difference in US politics. I want to share that one with all my friends with children. I want to give a copy of that one to my library. I didn't have to give it to my 12 year-old daughter, as she grabbed it the moment she saw it. This is a wonderful, meaningful gift in a beautiful, appealing package.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bkrieth

    I am giving this 4 stars only because I have not seen the finished product-the uncorrected partial proof I reviewed is full of promise. An interesting and informational look at 50 influential women in American history, the narratives are compelling, as is the Take-Action Guide at the back. I look forward to seeing this in its completed form.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cristie Underwood

    This is a great book that introduces young readers to influential women from all walks of life. I am going to be using this in my classroom, as I feel it is well written and that my students will enjoy it!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kirsti Call

    Great book for learning about women who have made a difference.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I received an ARC sample from the publisher at ALA Annual 2019.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Csimplot Simplot

    Excellent book!!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Doris Raines

    WHAT A GREAT TITLE.

  17. 4 out of 5

    M.

    It was a good read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shira

    audiobook review and rating to come

  19. 5 out of 5

    Aeicha

    Readers of all ages will enjoy diving into this fascinating look at some of the most powerful and significantfemale leaders in history and politics. Through accessible, engaging information and lovely illustrations, readers will go on an inspiring and captivating journey, meeting some of history's most amazing women! Readers of all ages will enjoy diving into this fascinating look at some of the most powerful and significant female leaders in history and politics.  Through accessible, engaging information and lovely illustrations, readers will go on an inspiring and captivating journey, meeting some of history's most amazing women!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    A really excellent collection of biographies that every child should own! Perfect for a classroom gift as well. I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Aziz

    So I didn't know there were ten influential women in politics, much less 50. Needless to say, this book has earned a permanent space on my bookshelf.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Thank you to Candlewick Press for the advanced copy at the Spring 2020 Boston Librarian preview! Beautiful biographical writeups of some of the most determined and ground breaking women in American history. Lovely illustrations and overall a hopeful, important book that is sure to inspire leaders of all genders.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Pam Page

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carol

  25. 4 out of 5

    Merricat

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jack Young

  27. 4 out of 5

    Annese

  28. 4 out of 5

    Megan Waterman

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Harder

  30. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Hunter

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