33 Things Every Girl Should Know about Women's History: From Suffragettes to Skirt Lengths to the ERAby Tonya Bolden (Editor)
Tonya Bolden is the author of the children's book Through Loona's Door: A Tammy and Owen Adventure with Carte G. Woodson. Her books for teenagers include the novels Mama, I Want to Sing (co-authored with Vy Higginsen) and Just Family; the anthology Rites of Passage: Stories About Growing Up by Black Writers from Around the World; and a collection of biographies of ten epic women, And Not Afraid to Dare. Her books for grownups include The Book of African American Women: 150 Crusaders, Creators, and Uplifters . She is a native New Yorker.
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- 7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
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- 12 Years
Read an Excerpt
by Elizabeth Johnson
Past Is Prologue
When the earth was created
your ancestors gave respect to their ancestors.
They knew where they came from,
but do you?
You can't really call yourself a girl
without knowing what it really means to be a girl.
Being a girl is having the strength and wisdom of
Mary McLeod Bethune, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Rita Moreno.
for knowing less than you should about
Jane Addams, Sojourner Truth, Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Frieclan, and Wilma
You should know that Anna Mae Aquash was martyred
for fighting for the rights
she knew her people deserved.
And that Ming-Na has helped create a diverse Hollywood.
And every published woman should know that
Phillis Wheatley was one of the first published women in the United States,
and her words inspired George Washington.
Oh, you know who Mr. Washington is.
But the women who paved the way for you to be
or a journalist aren't a part of your everyday story.
That's because you don't see the relevance of Gloria Steinem marching through
for woman's rights,
you just see that you have rights.
And you don't know why Dorothy Dandridge changed the movies, or
why Marilyn Monroe was so beautiful.
But you do know that JFK was a president loved by many,
and that Lincoln was assassinated.
You know the exact date Pearl Harbor was bombed.
But you don't know the battles your mother,
grandmother, and great-grand mother waged so you could live a better life.
You can't go anywhere in this world
without knowing where you as awoman have been.
To all the ferninine-lesses of the 21st century-
With every HisStory is HerStory,
find yours out before it's too late.
From the Hardcover Library Binding edition.
Meet the Author
Tonya Bolden is the author of more than thirty books. She lives in New York City.
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