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braun_loretta-lynchBraun, Eric  Loretta Lynch: First African American Woman Attorney General
Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Lerner

Roland, James  Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Iconic Supreme Court Justice
Gr. 4–6 
    48 pp.     Lerner

Gateway Biographies series. Two high-achieving women are portrayed fairly, with equal attention paid to their personal and professional lives. Ginsburg’s story spans her childhood in Brooklyn to her rise to the Supreme Court; Lynch’s includes anecdotes from her Jim Crow–era North Carolina upbringing and chronicles a justice-driven legal career. Small photographs round out the no-frills profiles. Reading list, timeline, websites. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Individual Biographies; Lynch, Loretta; African Americans; Women—African Americans; Women—Biographies; Lawyers; Women—Lawyers; Attorneys general; Ginsburg, Ruth Bader; Women—Judges; Judges; United States Supreme Court; Law

feminism_goddu_girl-called-vincentGoddu, Krystyna Poray  A Girl Called Vincent: The Life of Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay
Middle school, high school     208 pp.     Chicago

This thorough biography limns the life of the acclaimed Jazz Age poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, from her poverty-stricken childhood in Maine to her celebrity as the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. A trailblazing feminist, Vincent had an irrepressible, bohemian spirit that sparks this volume. Photographs and poems further illuminate the story of an extraordinary life. Reading list, timeline. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Individual Biographies; Women—Biographies; Poets; Women—Poets; Poetry; Millay, Edna St. Vincent; Maine

grimes_chasing freedomGrimes, Nikki Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony Inspired by Historical Facts
Gr. K–3, 4–6     56 pp.     Scholastic/Orchard

Illustrated by Michele Wood. In this lengthy picture book, best for mid-primary graders, Tubman and Anthony sit down for tea. In a chatty imagined narrative, the women discuss their own lives in the context of major historical events. Inspired by a series of dramatic monologues written by Grimes in 1988, this ambitious project is both intimate and illuminating. Wood’s colorful, folksy paintings convey much emotional nuance. Extensive back matter adds value. Bib.
Subjects: Picture Books; Anthony, Susan B.; Tubman, Harriet; History, American—Underground Railroad; African Americans; Women—African Americans; Suffrage; Slavery; Women—Slaves; Feminism; Women’s rights

feminism_guillain_stories-of-womens-suffrageGuillain, Charlotte  Stories of Women’s Suffrage: Votes for Women!
Gr. 4–6     112 pp.      Heinemann

Senker, Cath  Stories of Women in the 1960s: Fighting for Freedom
Gr. 4–6     112 pp.     Heinemann

Women’s Stories from History series. The series profiles American and British women — such as Emmaline Pankhurst (Suffrage) and Betty Friedan (1960s) — who challenged their era’s social norms. Contextualized with period quotations, the readable volumes cover the suffrage movement, the fight for civil liberties, sexism in the workplace, and socioeconomic issues. Scarcely illustrated (more photographs would be helpful), these are adequate surveys of period activists. Reading list, timeline. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Collective Biographies; Women—Biographies; Activism; Women’s rights; Feminism; Voting; Women—Suffragists

feminism_higgins_feminismHiggins, Nadia Abushanab  Feminism: Reinventing the F-Word
High school     112 pp.     Twenty-First Century

Higgins introduces key figures and issues of the feminist movement through the lens of the different waves, discussing reproductive rights, abortion, poverty, work discrimination, and more. Text boxes provide context, ask questions, and outline adjacent issues and ideas. Photos and extensive supplemental materials (mini-biographies of key figures and a list of recommended organizations for “tak[ing] action”) round out this opinionated overview. Reading list, timeline, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; Feminism; Gender roles; Prejudices; History, American

From the November 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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