Prepare to discover new heroes among these twenty-one women who challenged the status quo, championed others, and made their voices heard. From Jane Addams to Alice Waters, from groundbreaking artists and social justice advocates to scientific pioneers and business innovators, a strong thread of trailblazing women runs through American history. Written in compelling, accessible prose and vividly illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Emily Arnold McCully, this collection of inspiring and expertly researched profiles charts the bold paths these women forged in the twentieth century. The subjects profiled include: Jane Addams Ethel Percy Andrus Ella Baker Gertrude Berg Rachel Carson Shirley Chisholm Joan Cooney Isadora Duncan Barbara Gittings Temple Grandin Grace Hopper Dolores Huerta Billie Jean King Dorothea Lange Patsy Mink Vera Rubin Margaret Sanger Gladys Tantaquidgeon Ida M. Tarbell Madame C. J. Walker Alice Waters Second Wave Feminism
In a dense and historically detailed volume, Caldecott Medalist McCully profiles 21 women of influence, from investigative journalist Ida Minerva Tarbell to scientist Temple Grandin. McCully casts a wide net, featuring familiar fighters for women's suffrage alongside lesser-known figures, including Barbara Gittings, the "mother of the gay rights movement," and astronomer Vera Rubin, who discovered dark matter. McCully describes each individual's upbringing, early influences, and legacy, and significant blocks of text place each woman's contributions within historical context: "The American public was ready to listen to Carson's warnings about the dangers of pesticide. They had seen other examples of substances that had harmed humans," she writes about Rachel Carson. Portraits of each subject, rendered in washes and finely detailed lines, resemble affectionate caricatures. A rich and multilayered celebration of women's innovation and perseverance. Ages 8 12.