She Takes a Stand: 16 Fearless Activists Who Have Changed the World

Michael Elsohn Ross. Chicago Review (IPG, dist.), $19.95 (208p) ISBN 978-1-61373-026-3
This far-ranging collection of brief biographies, part of the Women of Action series, introduces 16 female social and political activists from the 19th century onward. The featured women include Rigoberta Menchu Tum, who fought the genocide of indigenous Guatemalans during that country’s civil war (1960–1996); Sampat Pal Devi, who opened a sewing school in her Indian village and formed the “Gulabi Gang” of empowered women in 2006; and Megan Grassell, a contemporary teenager who founded Yellowberry, a company that makes “young, cute, and realistic bras for girls,” as an alternative to sexualized undergarments. Ross portrays his subjects with honesty, highlighting both their missteps and accomplishments, while emphasizing how anyone can become an activist with enough passion and will. Ages 12–up. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 08/24/2015
Release date: 08/01/2015
Genre: Children's
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