Fearless Females

Yellow Jacket. Feb. 2019. 128p. ISBN 9781499808742. pap. $12.99. HIST
From the first female who struggled for women’s rights in 17th-century Iran to those leading the present #metoo movement, this volume captures the fight in words and illustrations. This is the story of many cultures, from Harriet Tubman in America to Millicent Fawcett in the UK to Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan. It’s also a history lesson of how laws and institutions have impacted women’s lives over time. Breen (60 Women You Should Know About) covers historical topics such as women’s suffrage, providing a time line of women getting the right to vote worldwide, the abolitionist movement, the battle for equal access to education, jobs, and contraception, as well as abortion and gay rights. There’s a lot to include, and the author succeeds in touching on a great deal in just over 100 pages. The cartoon drawings with splashes of color by Jordahl (Live Among the Animals) add a quick visual pace to the overall narrative.
VERDICT Breen’s straightforward style makes this ideal for middle school readers and beyond. Also a great historical supplement for anybody interested in the global rights of women told in a graphic novel format.
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