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A Woman in the House (and Senate) (Revised and Updated): How Women Came to Washington and Changed the Nation

Abrams. Mar. 2020. 160p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781419742668.
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Gr 5-8–This revised and updated edition offers a thorough and detailed account of women who broke barriers and changed American politics. The colloquial writing style makes the information easily accessible. This book is organized chronologically, providing brief background information about the time period before delving into short biographies of the important women of that era and their policies and contributions. The biographical information does not go deeply into the hows and whys but is a good jumping-off point for further research. The book works best as a collected biography with informative profiles, and the chronological format allows readers to easily go to particular sections or people of interest. This updated edition includes current members of Congress and explains what their diverse backgrounds and ideologies bring to the political and cultural landscape. Each chapter features archival photographs and illustrations to accent the text and enhance visual appeal. A table of contents and a foreword by one of the profiled women, former Senator Olympia Snow, are included. The detailed back matter contains an appendix, notes, a bibliography, a complete list of women in Congress, and an index.
VERDICT A great addition to middle grade collections.

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