Susan B. Anthony, Fighter for Women's Rights
October 25, 2005
Unlike most girls of her time, Susan B. Anthony received an education. And besides reading and writing, her schooling taught her that women should have the same rights as men, above all the right to vote. So from the time she was a young woman until the day she died, Susan worked very hard to change America and make her dream reality.
From School Library Journal
Grade 2-5 This biography presents Anthony as a lifelong advocate for women's equality, from childhood awareness through adult activism. Hopkinson recounts her subject's birth into a Quaker family, her education, her teaching career at a boarding school, and her return home to Rochester, NY, in order to work for change. Anthony's friendships with abolitionists and her family's participation in the Underground Railroad are briefly mentioned. Soft-edged illustrations complement the simple yet accurate text that informs emergent and reluctant readers of both the historical context and lasting importance of Anthony's contributions to the suffrage movement. With a clear vocabulary and an appealing presentation, this title makes an accessible introduction. Julie R. Ranelli, Kent Island Branch Library, Stevensville, MDCopyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Gr. 2-4. The life and times of Anthony get a brisk treatment in this book in the Ready-to-Read: Stories of America series, but new readers will still gain familiarity with one of the mothers of the feminist movement. Hopkinson gets right into it: "Anthony wanted to reform or change America." The book then moves on to one of the pivotal moments in young Anthony's life: her father's refusal to promote a young woman in his mill--even though she was the most qualified worker. The text rolls quickly through her work as an abolitionist and her segue, along with her friend Elizabeth Cady Stanton, into her tireless efforts for woman's suffrage. The disappointment that came when African American men received the vote before women comes through even in this short account, as does the seemingly endless wait until the Nineteenth Amendment passed in 1920. Browns, tans, and blues predominate in the watercolors and tend to flatten the action, but the pictures carry nicely across the spreads, and Anthony is portrayed as a formidable figure, even when young. Ilene Cooper Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved