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Title:
A woman in the House and Senate : how women came to the United States Congress, broke down barriers, and changed the country
Author:
Cooper, Ilene.
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Publication Information:
New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, [2014]
Physical Description:
ix, 134 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
For the first 128 years of our country's history, not a single woman served in the Senate or House of Representatives. All of that changed, however, in November 1916, when Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress--even before the Nineteenth Amendment gave women across the U.S. the right to vote. Beginning with the women's suffrage movement and going all the way through the results of the 2012 election, Ilene Cooper deftly covers more than a century of U.S. history in order to highlight the influential and diverse group of female leaders who opened doors for women in politics as well as the nation as a whole.--
Language:
English
Contents:
"Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less" (Jeanette Rankin, Alice Mary Robertson) -- Flash and crash, 1920-1930 (Rebecca Felton, Winnifred Huck, Mae Nolan, Katherine Langley, Florence Kahn, Mary Norton, Edith Rogers, Ruth Hanna McCormick, Ruth Bryan Owen) -- Hard times: Depression, war, and the Red menace, 1931-1953 (Hattie Caraway, Pearl Oldfield, Effiegene Wingo, Margaret Chase Smith, Clare Boothe Luce, Helen Gahagan Douglas) -- Settling down and stirring things up, 1954-1963 (Florence Dwyer, Frances Payne Bolton, Marguerite Church, Leonor K. Sullivan, Martha Wright Griffiths) -- "A change is gonna come, " 1964-1979 (Patsy Takemoto Mink, Shirley Chisholm, Barbara Jordan, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, Cardiss Collins, Bella Abzug, Millicent Fenwick, Patricia Schroeder, Geraldine Ferraro, Maurine Neuberger, Nancy Landon Kassebaum) -- The calm before the storm, 1980-1999 (Carol Moseley Braun, Dianne Fienstein, Barbara Boxer, Patty Murray, Barbara Mikulski, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins) -- An unsettling decade, 2000-2010 (Hillary Rodham Clinton, Maria Cantwell, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Mary Landrieu, Deborah Stabenow, Lisa Murkowski, Elizabeth Dole, Nancy Pelosi) -- What goes up must come down, and goes back up! (Gabrielle Giffords, Michele Bachman, Deb Fischer, Mazie Hirono, Elizabeth Warren, Heidi Heitkamp, Tammy Baldwin, Tammy Duckworth, Ann McLane Kuster, Carol Shea-Porter, Kelly Ayotte, Jeanne Shaheen).
Reading Level:
1040 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader 7.6

Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.6 4.0 164481.
ISBN:
9781419710360
Format :
Book

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Summary

Ilene Cooper deftly moves through more than a century of U.S. history in order to highlight the most influential and diverse group of female leaders who opened doors for women in politics as well as in the nation as a whole. Some women featured include Margaret Chase Smith (the first woman elected to the Senate), Patsy Mink (the first woman of colour to serve in the House) and many present-day powerhouses like Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton. This book is illustrated with fun and lively illustrations from Elizabeth Baddley as well as archival photographs. It also includes an index, a chart of all the women who have served in Congress and appendices that define key terms and governmental procedures such as how laws are created and how political parties work.


Author Notes

Ilene Cooper has written many acclaimed children's books, including Jewish Holidays All Year Round, winner of the National Jewish Book Award and The Golden Rule.


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Booklist Review

Editor's note: It is Booklist policy that a book written or edited by a staff editor receive a brief descriptive announcement rather than a full review. Award-winning children's book author Cooper surveys more than a century of U.S. history in this wide-ranging volume that spotlights women's pivotal roles in politics. Along with profiles of female trailblazers from Jeannette Rankin of Montana, who became the first woman elected to Congress, to Hilary Clinton, Cooper folds in essential historical context for her subjects, as well as explanations of basic civics concepts. Among the images included on each heavily illustrated spread are archival photographs as well as original drawings that further highlight groundbreaking moments in American politics. Extensive, classroom-ready notes and resource lists close.--Engberg, Gillian Copyright 2014 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-10-This volume begins with a profile of the first woman to serve in Congress, Representative Jeannette Rankin, elected in 1916. Cooper includes some background about the struggle for women's suffrage but focuses on the 20th century and organizes the book by era, comparing women's progress in Congress with their overall status in the country. She describes their gradual advancement from filling seats of dead husbands or fathers to running, winning, and leading on their own. The final chapters on the contemporary period concentrate on women who broke new barriers, such as Shirley Chisholm and Nancy Pelosi, or became nationally prominent, such as Geraldine Ferraro. Cooper celebrates the gains women have made, but explains that parity remains a distant goal. Her informal writing style includes interesting details and anecdotes about the women's struggles and triumphs. However, the book contains several errors, the most important being the author's repeated claims that vacancies in the House can be filled by appointment, when constitutionally, all House seats must be filled by election. (Senate vacancies can be filled by appointment.) The text is supplemented by photos and cartoon-style illustrations, an appendix on how the federal government operates, and a list of women who have served in Congress. Although there are many individual biographies of Congressional women, few describe the progress of women as a group, and most of those, such as Jill S. Pollack's Women on the Hill (Watts, 1996), are dated. The error regarding appointment to House seats is an unfortunate oversight; some libraries may wish to pass on this title or wait for a corrected edition. If librarians and educators can look beyond this flaw, the engaging biographical sketches and lively overview of women in American politics presented in this work may prove worthy of inclusion in some collections.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Public Schools, MO (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.