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VOYABased on these two volumes, Gender Equality and The Right to Vote, this series is highly variable and should be considered title by title. The Right to Vote is a strong, historically based introduction to the role of democratic participation, beginning in Ancient Greece and continuing up to the international process found in the United Nations General Assembly. It focuses on English-speaking nations, although there are boxes on the French Revolution and recent elections in Haiti and Zimbabwe. Separate chapters also focus on the expansion of voting rights to women and persons of color around the globe. An entire page devoted to the attacks on September 11 seems out of place, but overall it is a nice introduction to the evolution and importance of the right to vote. On the other hand, something is just not right with Gender Equality. It is epitomized by the photograph of a man and woman fighting as they both leave the house in the morning (he is in a suit, they both have briefcases) that is captioned "'. . . role reversals' including more men staying at home." The overwhelming emphasis of the book is on women better covered in other works, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Nefertiti, Amelia Earhart, and Marie Curie. Nearly fifty percent of the text focuses on the suffrage movement (an expansion of the chapter mentioned above), and the history feels as if it stopped with the death of the ERA, even though there are illustrations and stray sentences covering more recent times. There are better choices on this topic. (Campaigns for Change). VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P M (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined asgrades 6 to 8). 2006, The Creative Company, 48p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Further Reading., PLB . Ages 11 to 14.