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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 makea difference. With foreword by Hillary Rodham Clinton."--Amazon. - (Baker & Taylor)

The Virginia Senator and her daughter-in-law spotlight the world-changing careers of 50 American women in politics, sharing profiles of such high-influence notables as Jeannette Rankin, Shirley Chisholm, Sandra Day O’Connor and Bella Abzug. Illustrations. - (Baker & Taylor)

Presents the biographies of fifty influential American women who have served as political leaders at all levels of government. - (Baker & Taylor)

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.

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 - (Random House, Inc.)

Author Biography

Senator Janet Howell has been a Virginia state senator since 1992. She is second in seniority in the state senate and the longest-serving female Virginia legislator. Credited with major legal reforms, she was also the first woman to serve on the powerful Senate Finance Committee and the first and only woman so far to be appointed as a senate budget conferee. A civil rights worker in college and a longtime community leader, she has been honored with many awards, including a Child Health Advocate Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband Hunt.

Theresa Howell is the coauthor of the award-winning Maybe Something Beautiful with F. Isabel Campoy, illustrated by Rafael López. She is also the author of the picture book series Scout Moore, Junior Ranger. She lives in Colorado with her two daughters and husband, Brian.

Kylie Akia is a digital illustrator and painter. Her work creates a narrative of juxtaposition through the use of color, subject, and content. Leading the Way: Women in Power is her picture book debut. Kylie Akia lives in Chicago.

Alexandra Bye is an illustrator specializing in fun, colorful illustrations for a variety of media, such as editorial and children's publications. She lives in New Hampshire, where she enjoys backpacking, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking with her dog. - (Random House, Inc.)

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Booklist Reviews

There are many books today that deal with women's history, and this one, by a long-serving state senator from Virginia and her author daughter-in-law, stands out for the breadth of its coverage, its attractive format, and the power symbols that accompany each two-page feature on each subject. Each symbol represents personal qualities or traits that the women incorporated into their lives, such as courage, resourcefulness, community, and integrity. The 50 American women profiled are primarily from the worlds of activism and politics, and most are either from the twentieth or the twenty-first century (though Abigail Adams and several others lived earlier). Many of the women, such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Nikki Haley, will be familiar to today's audience. Others, including Magaret Chase Smith, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Barbara Jordan, will inspire a new generation. Although the writing is staid in places, the strong portraits of each woman, the crisp page layouts, and the wealth of information will draw in readers. The foreword by Hillary Clinton, which discusses forging change and leading the way, makes for a strong entry to this inspiring book. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

PW Annex Reviews

Virginia senator Janet Howell and her daughter, Theresa Howell (Maybe Something Beautiful), offer a hearty tribute to American women leaders in this handsomely designed anthology published to coincide with the centennial anniversary of the passage of national women's suffrage in the U.S. Hillary Rodham Clinton contributes a motivational foreword, urging girls to "dream big, work hard, and be persistent" while emphasizing that "sometimes it's the little things you do that can make a big difference." Both tenets are exemplified by the 50 women featured in this compilation of taut, fact-filled biographical profiles peppered with first-person quotations. Visionaries, politicians, and activists throughout history are represented, including Abigail Adams, Soledad Chávez Chacón, Barbara Jordan, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, as well as a robust roster of luminaries in today's headlines, among them Dianne Feinstein, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, and Elizabeth Warren. Superfluous "Power Symbols" denoting specific character attributes (diligence, courage, empathy) appear within each profile; more effective visuals are the illustrators' expressive, lifelike portraits of each leader. A concise "Take-Action Guide" rounds up tips for readers inspired to act on their beliefs. Ages 10–up. Agent: Adriana Dominguez, Full Circle Literary. (Oct.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly Annex.

School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 5 Up—This book provides brief biographies of 50 women who made a difference as leaders, advisors to presidents, political trailblazers, or congresswomen. A few acted outside of government but advocated for those with less power, such as Wilma Mankiller, the first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, and Ida B. Wells-Barnett, who reported on lynching. The book is organized in alphabetical order; each woman receives two pages that feature an oversize illustration and quote. Readers may recognize some of the women, like the five first ladies, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris. Most interesting are less familiar subjects, such as Crystal Bird Fauset, the first African American woman elected to the state legislature in the United States. Back matter provides names of additional women who might have been included, and sources from speeches and the press. There is an instruction guide on how to stand up, speak out, and make a difference. VERDICT 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.—Patricia Aakre, P.S. 89, New York

Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.

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