Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right To Vote

HMH/Versify. Aug. 2020. 144p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780358408307.
Gr 4-8–The New York Times staff collaborated to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and provide a feminist look at prominent leaders of the women’s suffrage movement. While readers may recognize names like Susan B. Anthony, this critical text successfully reframes the movement, centering queer women, women of color, and Native women whose stories have been excluded. Chapters about Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Mabel Ping-Hua Lee, and other trailblazers expose racism within the movement and examine the relationship between women’s suffrage and civil rights. Stunning, full-page portraits mark each chapter, though some include confusing elements such as a bird perched on the shoulder of Dakota Sioux activist Zitkála-Šá without the context that her name translates to “red bird.”
VERDICT This collection of remarkable women will make for a thorough primary source for middle grade research projects. The book’s social justice lens is an obvious strength. Recommended for school and public libraries, especially where whitewashed histories detailing the suffrage movement need updating.

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