She Persisted

She Persisted

13 American Women Who Changed the World

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Chelsea Clinton introduces tiny feminists, mini activists and little kids who are ready to take on the world to thirteen inspirational women who never took no for an answer, and who always, inevitably and without fail, persisted .

Throughout American history, there have always been women who have spoken out for what's right, even when they have to fight to be heard. In early 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren's refusal to be silenced in the Senate inspired a spontaneous celebration of women who persevered in the face of adversity. In this book, Chelsea Clinton celebrates thirteen American women who helped shape our country through their tenacity, sometimes through speaking out, sometimes by staying seated, sometimes by captivating an audience. They all certainly persisted.

She Persisted is for everyone who has ever wanted to speak up but has been told to quiet down, for everyone who has ever tried to reach for the stars but was told to sit down, and for everyone who has ever been made to feel unworthy or unimportant or small.

With vivid, compelling art by Alexandra Boiger, this book shows readers that no matter what obstacles may be in their paths, they shouldn't give up on their dreams. Persistence is power.

This book features: Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Clara Lemlich, Nellie Bly, Virginia Apgar, Maria Tallchief, Claudette Colvin, Ruby Bridges, Margaret Chase Smith, Sally Ride, Florence Griffith Joyner, Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Sotomayor--and one special cameo.

Praise for She Persisted :

★ "[A] lovely, moving work of children's literature [and a] polished introduction to a diverse and accomplished group of women." -- Publishers Weekly , starred review

"Exemplary . . . This well-curated list will show children that women's voices have made themselves emphatically heard." -- Booklist

"[ She Persisted ] will remind little girls that they can achieve their goals if they don't let obstacles get in the way." -- Family Circle

"We can't wait to grab a copy for some of the awesome kids in our lives . . . and maybe some of the grown-ups, too." -- Bustle

"A message we all need to hear." -- Scary Mommy

"This will be a great read for kids (especially young girls)." -- Romper

"We cannot wait for the launch of Smart Girl Chelsea Clinton's new book to help remind kids everywhere that the fearlessness that characterizes the thirteen women in the book is what has emboldened us to constantly strive for progress and justice." --Amy Poehler's Smart Girls
Publisher: New York, NY : Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781524741723
Branch Call Number: j 920.72 CLINTON
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Boiger, Alexandra - Illustrator


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LPL_TriciaK Jul 31, 2017

The latest entry in the field of books encouraging young girls to become leaders and agents of change.

If you are wondering why Hillary Clinton wasn't included in her daughter's book, here's an article from the Washington Post with Chelsea's explanation. Read More »

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AL_LESLEY Oct 29, 2017

A great collection of inspiring women!

VaughanPLSarahN Sep 09, 2017

This collection of quick profiles of important women in American history is good for inspiring young girls or for diversifying American history discussions with young people.

coloradobuck Aug 03, 2017

It was a great concept. Each woman gets about a paragraph to explain why she changed the world and there is a quote from each woman that I found engaging. I had never even heard of some of the women in here and feel some important ones were left out! Nonetheless, it is inspiring and it explains the meaning of "persisting" as you read through the hardships each woman encountered.

Aug 01, 2017

Very good. Children’s book; thirteen very short notes on important women in history. Suitable for reading to little kids and interesting for bigger kids and adults. Abbreviated vignettes could steer a persistent person to find fuller biographical material. Charming illustrations by Alexandra Boiger. Although I agree it would have been better with an Asian story, I would like to note that the illustrations do include asian children.

LPL_TriciaK Jul 31, 2017

The latest entry in the field of books encouraging young girls to become leaders and agents of change.

If you are wondering why Hillary Clinton wasn't included in her daughter's book, here's an article from the Washington Post with Chelsea's explanation.

sopapen Jul 25, 2017

I agree with the other comments regarding the absence of American Asian women who persisted as well as it being too short. On the other hand, I did like the simplicity of the text which would allow for younger children to be able to follow and read.

Jul 22, 2017

This is a nice book documenting the achievements of women in America. However Asian American women are missing from the diversity of the book. Not including Asian Americans makes their accomplishments invisible. While I want to like the book more it is disappointing to see this oversight and one I cannot overlook.

AL_ALYX Jul 20, 2017

While I am always for books with strong messages for girls and believe we need many, many more... this book didn't quite hit the mark. It is unoriginal and too basic to be memorable, even for the littlest.

Jul 07, 2017

I’m a grown-up, but wanted to see what this book was about having seen it promoted for summer reading. As grandparents of two girls said, it’s a perfect starter to introduce kids to women they may want to learn more about. Charming; well done.

KHCPL_Tree Jun 29, 2017

13 American Women Who Changed the World in a simple format and beautiful illustrations. Great, inspiring read for all.

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Jul 22, 2017

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