She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed The World (Chelsea Clinton)

Hello, friends! Today, we read She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed The World, written by Chelsea Clinton and illustrated by Alexandra Boiger, a collection of mini-biographies of notable female pioneers in everything from ballet to civil rights to space exploration.

The introduction lays it out plainly: being a girl in this world can be harsh. All too often, people tell you to be quiet, to keep your head down, to aim smaller. Girls are often made to feel unimportant or unintelligent or incapable because of their gender. But when the world’s got you feeling that way, there are incredible American women to look up to. There’s Sally Ride, the first woman in space, who dedicated her life to giving girls opportunities in science and engineering. There’s Harriet Tubman, a brave abolitionist who freed dozens of slaves in the Underground Railroad. There’s Claudette Colvin, a teenage civil rights activist who was one of the first to protest bus segregation, later inspiring Rosa Parks to do the same. Thirteen brave, smart, determined, strong women who changed the world and left great legacies of inspiration for future girls… all because they persisted.

I MEAN. How could this one not be a hit with us? A book that celebrates feminist icons for their work? That encourages young girls to find role models in women who refused to give up on their dreams or aspirations in the face of adversity? We loved every page. The biographies are great, short enough to keep the attention of little bookworms but detailed enough that the reader gets a real feel for the struggles and triumphs of each woman; it keeps the length manageable for even younger readers like JJ. The art is fantastic, creating a meaningful tableau (sometimes abstract, sometimes realistic) that shows the impact of each subject’s work. This one is a must for every little girl’s library, and we adored it. Baby Bookworm approved!

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