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She Takes a Stand: 16 Fearless Activists Who Have Changed the World (Women…

by Michael Elsohn Ross

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Informative, engaging book about 16 girls and women who struggled for social and political justice around the world. Each chapter tells the story of one activist who passionately fought for equal rights at great personal cost. Causes included the rights of girls and women for equal access to the same liberties as men (to vote, for birth control, for education, for safety), to stop global crony capitalism, to support worker's rights and many other causes. Most of the activists paid dearly for their political work and were jailed, bullied, shot at and endured the deaths of family members and great financial hardship. While each story is informative, and at times compelling, the style of the narratives became repetitious and fell a bit flat. I was interested in the criticisms made by anti-lynching freedom fighters towards white suffragettes whose racism led them to make decisions that were damaging for the anti-lynching and civil rights cause. I would have liked to learn more about this may have made a more dynamic, complex presentation. However, in general, I was impressed by the bravery of these women and the skill of the author in showing us how activism changes the world for all of us.

Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to review this book for an honest opinion. ( )
  Karen59 | May 3, 2015 |
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"Portraits of brave women from the late 1800s through today--role models who are passionate about important issues A source of inspiration for young women with strong social convictions, She Takes a Stand highlights 16 extraordinary women who have fought for human rights, civil rights, workers' rights, reproductive/sexual rights, and world peace. Among these are many who have been imprisoned, threatened, or suffered financial hardships for pursuing their missions to change the world for the better. Included are historic heroes such as anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells and suffragist Alice Paul, along with contemporary figures such as girls-education activist Malala Yousafzai; "Gulabi Gang" founder Sampat Pal Devi, who fights violence against Indian women; and SPARK executive director Dana Edell, who works to end the sexualization of women and girls in the media. Taking a multicultural, multinational perspective, She Takes a Stand spotlights brave women around the world with an emphasis on childhood details, motivations, and life turning points--in many cases gleaned from the author's original interviews--and includes related sidebars, a bibliography, source notes, and a list of organizations young women can explore to get involved in changing their world"--… (more)

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