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She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World Hardcover – May 30, 2017
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Praise for She Persisted:
★ “[A] lovely, moving work of children’s literature [and a] polished introduction to a diverse and accomplished group of women.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Exemplary . . . This well-curated list will show children that women’s voices have made themselves emphatically heard.” —Booklist
“[She Persisted] will remind little girls that they can achieve their goals if they don’t let obstacles get in the way.” —Family Circle
“We can’t wait to grab a copy for some of the awesome kids in our lives . . . and maybe some of the grown-ups, too.” —Bustle
“A message we all need to hear.” —Scary Mommy
“This will be a great read for kids (especially young girls).” —Romper
“We cannot wait for the launch of Smart Girl Chelsea Clinton’s new book to help remind kids everywhere that the fearlessness that characterizes the thirteen women in the book is what has emboldened us to constantly strive for progress and justice.” —Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls
About the Author
Chelsea Clinton is the author of It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! and, with Devi Sridhar, Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why? She is also the Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, where she works on many initiatives including those that help to empower the next generation of leaders. She lives in New York City with her husband, Marc, their daughter, Charlotte, their son, Aidan, and their dog, Soren. You can follow her on Twitter at @ChelseaClinton or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/chelseaclinton.
Alexandra Boiger has illustrated nearly twenty picture books, including the popular Tallulah series by Marilyn Singer and the Max and Marla books, which she also wrote. Originally from Munich, Germany, she now lives outside of San Francisco, California, with her husband, Andrea, daughter, Vanessa, and two cats, Luiso and Winter. You can visit Alexandra Boiger online at alexandraboiger.com.
Top customer reviews
The title captured my attention and I feel the importance of acknowledging women and their contributions. Some takeaways for me: Helen Keller's teacher persisted! No Asians are mentioned at all! I could name more than a handful that should have added or included in the book such as Mitsuye Endo. Sonia Sotomayor is the only Latina mentioned in the very end of the book; I could also name a handful that should have been included, too. The two stars is for trying to write a book that focuses on positive women. But I do feel it fell short of acknowledging more important people of different ethnicities and very significant contributions in history.
My first reaction to the intro was this feels negative. My immediate second thought though was, this is completely true. I want to empower my daughter to persist. in order to do that, she needs the reality.
Women don't first get told no and are first held back in adulthood. It starts at birth. The first comments are always how pretty the baby is. They are given "girly toys" as soon as they're old enough to have toys. They're often intentionally directed to dance classes and not team sports. They're told things are boy things vs. girl things, and are CONSTANTLY getting messages that they are different, an often lesser than, boys. They are sent home from school to change their clothes because they are distracting boys; boys aren't taught self-control to not let it distract them; girls are taught it's their responsibility and their missed time from school isn't as important as the boys being focused.
We cannot truly help them overcome that if we don't prepare them for those messages, and give them explicit permission to PERSIST pass those barriers. It may not be a reality we like, but that doesn't make it less real.
There are better books out there to inspire girls. I particularly like the "Little People, Big Dreams" series. No negativity, just positive inspiration. Here are just a few of the books and more are coming all the time... Ella Fitzgerald and Rosa Park will be published in Sep 2017:
Agatha Christie (Little People, Big Dreams)
Maya Angelou (Little People, Big Dreams)
Marie Curie (Little People, Big Dreams)
Amelia Earhart (Little People, Big Dreams)