Citizen She!: The Global Campaign for Women’s Voting Rights

Helvetiq. Oct. 2022. 144p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9783907293720.
Gr 5-7–Stevan’s latest title gives context and explores the history of feminism and universal suffrage. From a fictional, but realistic narrative of generational patriarchal misogyny to descriptive quick biographies of women around the world, the text explains how arduous the fight for equal voting rights has been up until present day. Shown in a comicslike drawing style, the people, scenes, time line, and graphics are generally balanced with the amount of text and white space (though the font is small). Chapters include biographies of famous women in the suffrage movement (in no particular order), along with a time line of equal voting rights, discussing on how women and their bodies are viewed and treated differently across the globe, even when in positions of power. Back matter includes extras for students, such as quizzes and vocabulary, along with a resource guide for educators. Similar titles include Bold Women in Science by Danni Washington and the “What Was?” series.
VERDICT An accessible nonfiction read about equal voting rights for middle grade readers.

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