Review: Leading The Way Features A Diverse Group Of Politically Minded Women

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There are so many influential females who have helped shape America. From Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran and U.S. Senator; to Shirley Chisolm, the first Black woman elected to Congress – and to run for president of the United States.

Leading The Way: Women In Power by Senator Janet Howell and Theresa Howell, will inspire girls to speak their mind when something’s not right and not let “no” stop them from achieving their dreams. This book will motivate them to make their mark on the world just like the 50 political figures mentioned. After reading this book, young girls will know they also can leave their trace on the trail of women’s history.

I liked Leading The Way because it featured such a diverse group of women. For instance, Black, biracial, Latina and Jewish females are highlighted.

Realistic illustrations of the women by Kylie Akita and Alexandra Bye also showed inclusion, because someone can look at their picture and see themselves staring back. There is also a beautiful foreword by Hillary Clinton, former first lady.

Another unique aspect of the book is that for every leader they write about, they associate “power symbols” with them off to the side – small pictures that sum up character traits that helped them become who they are. For example, a pink picture with a heart in the middle means the woman used empathy, like Eleanor Roosevelt, also a former first lady. A face with a compass inside it meant the woman had integrity, so she stayed true to her beliefs and was ultimately herself. Civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer had the symbol next to her name.

The age range for this book is probably around ages 9-12. If you liked A Girl’s Bill Of Rights by Amy B. Mucha, you will enjoy this book. Both are perfect tor read during this month for Women’s History Month!

Four out of four roses!

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