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Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women's Fight for Their Rights Paperback – Illustrated, 5 November 2019
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August 26, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted American women the right to vote. And while suffrage has been a critical win for women's liberation around the world, the struggle for women's rights has been ongoing for thousands of years, across many cultures, and encompassing an enormous variety of issues. Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists is a fun, fascinating, and full-color exploration of that important history, tracing its roots from antiquity to show how 21st-century feminism developed. Along the way, you'll meet a wide range of important historical figures and learn about many political movements, including suffrage, abolition, labor, LGBT liberation, the waves of feminism, and more.
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Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists
Women Rule the World (Kinda!)
The ongoing struggle for women’s rights has spanned human history, touched nearly every culture on Earth, and encompassed a wide range of issues, such as the right to vote, work, get an education, own property, exercise bodily autonomy, and beyond.
Starting with Amazons & Valkyries: Women’s Rights from Antiquity to the Modern Era.
This fun and fascinating graphic novel illustrates the key figures and events that have advanced women’s rights from antiquity to the modern era.
Queens, Freedom Fighters, Warrior Women, and Spies
This book illuminates the stories of notable women throughout history—from queens and freedom fighters to warriors and spies.
Shaping History- One Movement at a Time
Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists highlights the progressive movements led by women that have shaped history, including abolition, suffrage, labor, civil rights, LGBTQ liberation, reproductive rights, and more.
"An absolute masterpiece: audacious, unbothered, and utterly brilliant. This thoroughly researched and urgently necessary book needs to be in every classroom, every library, every household, everywhere."--Daniel José Older, New York Times bestselling author of The Shadowsahper Cypher and Dactyl Hill Squad
"Whip-smart, hugely entertaining, and unexpectedly moving."--Alex de Campi, author of Bad Girls and Twisted Romance
"Compelling, comprehensive, and gorgeously illustrated, this book is the perfect launchpad for a thousand further investigations into inspiring and influential women."--Scott Westerfeld, author of Impostors
"Like so much of Mikki Kendall's work, this book is vibrant, active, complicated, funny, and resists easy answers."--Daniel Mallory Ortberg, author of The Merry Spinster and cofounder of The Toast
- Publisher : Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed; Illustrated edition (5 November 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399581790
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399581793
- Reading age : 12 - 17 years
- Dimensions : 18.03 x 1.52 x 25.4 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 262,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The plot entails a class of young women, who disagree with what the women’s movement is, receiving a tour through history from a purple artificial intelligence.
They cover historical figures from multiple countries, as well as an outline of different systems of rights in different places and times.
They cover suffrage, equal rights, and how women’s rights movements intersect with minority rights, the labor movement, white supremacy, child labor laws, eugenics, misogyny, the civil rights movement, LGTBQIA rights movements, and many other important points in history.
I think Fredrick Douglass might be the only man mentioned by name.
They also cover historical activist figures you may not hear about elsewhere — especially Black, Native American, and Indian folks. I learned more names in this book than I did in 12 years of education last century.
Because it’s a survey more than a textbook, most of what you get is a name and maybe two paragraphs about a person or an event. It’s enough to pique interest and send the reader back to the library. (It’s also probably a good “pick one person from the book to do a report on” resource for teachers.)
I see this book making a place for itself on bookshelves for historians young and old, women who want to know they’re not fighting alone, and the home of anyone who wants to better understand how women fit into the history of the human race.
This book covers a *lot* of ground and many many women and events, so it can't go into much depth about any of them and it can't touch on everything, due to space constraints. It will probably whet your appetite for more. That's a good thing, even if it's mildly frustrating! This is meant to be a primer and it is one. Some parts are USA-heavy which was fine with me because that's where I live, and so do the authors.
The pages feel nice and sturdy and the artwork is solid, with an especially gorgeous cover. The graphic novel format really worked for me, and I think my kids will want to read it because of that. This book doesn't shy away from tough topics and some violence is shown in the artwork, but not in a scary or glorifying way.
I found some of the transitions and jumping around a bit jarring, but I also can't think of a better way to cover so much material succinctly. Overall the framing device works well: we virtually travel through time and around the world along with a class learning women's history from a futuristic, personified AI program. The students pose questions to the AI and talk a bit with each other, too, but most of the text is the AI character narrating historical events and giving brief biographies.
I wish this book included pronunciation guides for names, both for read-aloud purposes and just for my own edification. Maybe as footnotes in a future edition? I appreciate the index at the back and can envision this being used as a classroom and family resource, as well as being readable as a story. It's not easy to accomplish both of those things in one book, but this one balances them well, and looks good doing it. I hope there is a sequel soon.
I bought it on Kindle so I was able to blow up the artwork and examine it more closely. I was thrilled by all the details. I think every woman on the planet could find someone in this book to identify with.