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She Takes a Stand

16 Fearless Activists Who Have Changed the World · Women of Action

by Michael Elsohn Ross


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Portraits of brave women from the late 1800s through today—role models who are passionate about important issues

A source of inspiration for young women with strong social convictions, She Takes a Stand highlights 16 extraordinary women who have fought for human rights, civil rights, workers' rights, reproductive/sexual rights, and world peace. Among these are many who have been imprisoned, threatened, or suffered financial hardships for pursuing their missions to change the world for the better. Included are historic heroes such as anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells and suffragist Alice Paul, along with contemporary figures such as girls-education activist Malala Yousafzai; Sampat Pal Devi, who fights violence against Indian women; and SPARK executive director Dana Edell, who works to end the sexualization of women and girls in the media. Taking a multicultural, multinational perspective, She Takes a Stand spotlights brave women around the world with an emphasis on childhood details, motivations, and life turning points—in many cases gleaned from the author's original interviews—and includes related sidebars, a bibliography, source notes, and a list of organizations young women can explore to get involved in changing their world.

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Chicago Review Press
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Women of Action


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Michael Elsohn Ross (Author)

Michael Elsohn Ross is an award-winning author of more than 40 books for children, including A World of Her Own, Salvador Dali and the Surrealists, Sandbox Scientist, and Snug as a Bug. He lives and works in Yosemite National Park.

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