History Smashers: Women’s Right to Vote
Written by Kate Messner
Illustrated by Dylan Meconis
Age Level: 8 – 12
Grade Level: 3 – 7
This book is so well done! It’s chock full of information. I was fascinated with the new things I learned. For instance, I thought all suffragettes had the same beliefs. They didn’t! Some believed ALL women should vote. Others thought only white women should.
Another example – the fight for the vote began with Abigail Adams. She tried talking to her husband, to her son. They both became president, but neither listened. It took until President Woodrow Wilson to get the 17th amendment passed, but it almost didn’t. It came down to one state, Tennessee. To one man and his vote, and a letter from his mother. It made all the difference.
Throughout the book there are short biographies of the famous, and not so famous. I loved the mix of people until I got to the most recent ones. That’s where the majority of names came from one party, from one side of the aisle. I wish the author had looked harder for names from the other side. For women like Nikki Hailey or Condoleezza Rice to name a few. They’re out there, working hard for the things they believe in.