My dad bought me this wonderful book about women’s suffrage for Christmas. (Let’s just say my dad knows me well.)
Suffrage: the right to vote
This book celebrates the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women in the United States the right to vote on August 18, 1920.
Bold & Brave by Kirsten Gillibrand, art by Maira Kalman is an inspirational and vibrant book that includes stories about 10 amazing American women: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Jovita Idár, Alice Paul, Inez Milholland, Ida B. Wells, Lucy Burns, and Mary Church Terrell.
(BTW my favorite story is Sojourner Truth’s: “The truth is powerful and will prevail.”)
Written from the point of view of United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand who was inspired by her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to make her voice count, this book truly does inspire as it takes readers step-by-step, story-by-story towards a monumental foundational victory.
A great book for “intersectional feminism” since it takes into account the struggle of African American women — who were not always welcomed into the suffrage sisterhood because of racism. However, the book does leave out the struggle of other people groups such as the American Indian people (who were not yet considered “citizens” and were, therefore, unable to vote until 1924 — and even then obstacles continued to exist). Still, I understand that one picture book can’t do it all. So here’s to you Bold & Brave... thank you for inspiring me and reminding me that my voice counts!
“The struggle for voting rights was not limited to African Americans in the South. American Indians also faced discrimination at the polls and still do today. This book explores their fight for equal voting rights and carefully documents how non-Indian officials have tried to maintain dominance over Native peoples despite the rights they are guaranteed as American citizens.”