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Madam President: The Extraordinary, True…

Madam President: The Extraordinary, True (and Evolving) Story of Women in…

by Catherine Thimmesh

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Talked about the history of women in American politics.
  Shi_Jia | Sep 17, 2013 |
My first impression was a good one. I took the quiz on the back of the book and got about half of the answers wrong. Surely an indicator that I needed to read the contents of the book! The illustrations are fun, showing powerful, smart, restless, and independent women. It is written so that younger audiences will be able to follow along. It fit well into a lesson on our political system, as it is organized into the various political offices. In the last section the author touches on political systems around the world. In the entire book she is very brief. These subjects especially would benefit from further development in class. ( )
  AmyNorthMartinez | Jan 28, 2013 |
This is an inspiring, high-quality overview of powerful of women in politics. While many of the women featured are figures from US politics, the book also features international figures such as Benazir Bhutto, Margaret Thatcher, and Vigdis Finnbogadottir. Despite the low number of international figures included, the book maintains excellence: short 1-2 biographies and illustrations of each woman are arranged in alphabetical order. A lighthearted dialogue with fictional characters debating whether or not a woman can be president briefly appears every few pages and serves as its own mini plot. An excellent timeline, including each featured woman, and impressively detailed source page appears in the back. This book should be included in every elementary and middle school library. Girls everywhere need to see it and will be inspired to dream. ( )
  DayehSensei | Apr 29, 2012 |
This book belongs in middle school classrooms as it is both an interesting and informative. Although the text can seem disjointed and unorganized at times, the content is organized enough to maintain the attention of the reader. Transitions are found in the form of questions asked from a young girl and these questions serve as divisions between the book's different sections. Each section highlights a variety of different women each somehow affiliated with politics. I would imagine this book would appeal primarily to female students in grades 4-8, although other students may find this book an interesting resource. ( )
  kmcinern | Oct 31, 2011 |
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When Abigail Adams asked her husband to “Remember the Ladies,” women could not vote or own property in America. Some seventy years later, when Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote, “To vote is the most sacred act of citizenship,” the government of the United States still did not treat women as equals, having yet to grant them the right to vote. But sixty-four years after that Geraldine Ferraro declared, “We can do anything,” and became the first American woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket. Today, surely our country is ready for a leader who, as Elizabeth Dole said, “will call America to her better nature.” This captivating book illuminates the bravery and tenacity of the women who have come before us. With an engaging narrative, fascinating quotes, and elegant illustrations, it not only shows how far women have come but also reveals the many unsung roles women have played in political history Step by step, these capable ladies have paved the way for our young leaders of tomorrow. They have enabled and empowered us to ask today: Well, why not the presidency?

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An introduction to women, some better known than others, who have influenced politics and policies in the United States and in the world.

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