Women Win the Vote!: 19 for the 19th Amendment

Norton. Feb. 2020. 160p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781324004141.
Gr 5-8–Kennedy offers a chronological glimpse into the lives of 19 suffragettes. Although the first 12 women profiled did not live to see the passing of the 19th Amendment, they did help lay important groundwork for the activists that came after them. Each woman is given a four-page spread, with colorful pages and bold line illustrations surrounding a black-and-white portrait. Each vignette features a side panel discussing a topic related to the women’s rights movement such as the diversity in religion among the early suffragettes and women’s roles in Native American cultures. Most of the women featured are white, and the author does not hesitate to call out the racism in many early suffragette circles. Many were against African American men winning the right to vote. Following the 19 profiles, the author briefly highlights other key players in the fight for women’s suffrage, including some men. Many important contributors have likely been lost in history due to prejudice. A time line, a collection of photographs, and a lengthy works cited section are included.
VERDICT This title may be in high demand as the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment gets closer. An excellent snapshot view of suffragettes for older elementary and middle school students. Recommended purchase for all libraries.

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