Like all A-Z books, this one illustrates the alphabet - but instead of "A is for apple", A is for Angela - as in Angela Davis, the iconic political activist. B is for Billie Jean King, who shattered the glass ceiling of sports; C is for Carol Burnett, who defied assumptions about women in comedy; D is for Dolores Huerta, who organized farmworkers; and E is for Ella Baker, who mentored Dr. Martin Luther King and helped shape the civil rights movement.
And the list of great women continues, spanning several centuries, multiple professions, and 26 diverse individuals. There are artists and abolitionists, scientists and suffragettes, rock stars and rabble-rousers, and agents of change of all kinds. The book includes an introduction that discusses what it means to be rad and radical, an afterword with 26 suggestions for how you can be rad, and a resource guide with ideas for further learning and reading.
American history was made by countless rad - and often radical - women. By offering a fresh and diverse array of female role models, we can remind listeners that there are many places to find inspiration and that being smart and strong and brave is rad.
Rad American Women will be appreciated by various age groups. It is Common Core-aligned for students grades three to eight. Preschool and young children will be captured by the bright visuals and easily modified texts while the subject matter will stimulate and inspire high schoolers and beyond.
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"This is not a book. This is a guest list for a party of my heroes. Thank you for inviting us." (Lemony Snicket, author of the A Series of Unfortunate Events books)
"I feel honored to be included in this book. Women need to take radical steps to become feminists, and to be strong to fight for their rights and those of others facing oppression and discrimination. The world needs rad women to create a just society." (Dolores Huerta, labor leader, civil rights activist)
"It's almost always with a chuckle that I view a cartoon image of myself. But to see cartoon-me positioned (alphabetically) amongst so many of my women heroes and role models...well, I just broke down and cried. Happy tears. I surely hope that this one-of-a-kind collection of radical American women reaches the hands of all children who want to grow up and become amazing women." (Kate Bornstein, author of My New Gender Workbook)
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Really short book with 26 rad women arranged by alphabet. Because of the ABC format, the author was inspired to include women who might be left out of other lists.
Some of the women: pianist Hazel Scott, Olympian Florence Joyner, artist Maya Lin, comedian Carol Burnett, dancer Isadora Duncan, activist Angela Davis.
The most poignant entry is for X, all the women forgotten by history.
An excellent book for kids and springboard for further research.
Nice having two narrators.
I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."
Written for young people, and for parents to share with their kids, "Rad American Women” is a dynamite hit of inspiration.
I guarantee there will be at least one woman on this list whose life story is new to you. I thought I was a feminist trivia queen, but the authors came up with life’s little details I had never heard of!
I finished this collection with solid fist pump.
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