A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights

Kate Hannigan, illus. by Alison Jay. Calkins Creek, $17.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-62979-453-2
Hannigan presents an invigorating account of the life of Belva Lockwood, taking readers from her childhood in Niagara County, N.Y., to her career as one of the first women lawyers in the U.S. to her 1884 run for president (“Are women not worth the same as men? Belva spent her whole life asking that question.”). Working in her distinctively crackled folk style, Jay depicts powerful moments of resistance and courage from Lockwood’s life—whether storming into a classroom or protesting before the Supreme Court. Endnotes provide a timeline of Lockwood’s life and beyond, highlighting significant events in the ongoing fight for women’s rights and concluding with Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential run. Ages 9–12. Author’s agent: Jennifer Mattson, Andrea Brown Literary. Illustrator’s agent: Lorraine Owen, the Organisation. (Jan.)

Correction: An earlier version of this review conflated the names of the author and the book's subject in the final sentence.

Reviewed on: 11/20/2017
Release date: 01/30/2018
Genre: Children's
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