cover image An Equal Shot: How the Law Title IX Changed America

An Equal Shot: How the Law Title IX Changed America

Helaine Becker, illus. by Dow Phumiruk. Holt/Ottaviano, $19.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-250-24195-5

Three girls in contemporary clothing peer, dismayed, at founding U.S. documents, seeing firsthand how protection against sex-based discrimination was lacking until Title IX: 1972 civil rights legislation, today known largely for its contribution to sports, that also offers girls and women equal access to jobs and educational opportunities. Becker’s concise prose is both informative and accessible (“Title IX’s thirty-seven words taught us a simple truth: Words have power”). Phumiruk’s digital art spotlights graceful, slim-limbed figures with differing skin tones engaging in a range of professions and physical activities. While the conclusion is overly idealistic (“Today, no American can be held back from living out their dream because of their gender”), this book serves as a solid starting point for anyone interested in the groundbreaking law. Back matter includes four biographies of significant female architects of the legislation, effects of the law both past and present, “More Work to Do,” and additional resources. Ages 4–8. (Feb.)