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A Woman in the House (and Senate): How Women Came to the United States Congress, Broke Down Barriers, and Changed the Country

By: Ilene Cooper

Illustrator: Elizabeth Baddeley

In 1917, Jeanette Rankin declared, “I may be the first woman member of Congress, but I won’t be the last.” Here are the stories of women who followed in her footsteps to U.S. elected office. Foreword by former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe. Appendix. List of women who have served in Congress. Endnotes. Bibliography. Index. Black-and-white and full-color illustrations and photographs.

ISBN: 9781419710360

JLG Release: May 2014


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Topics: Women's suffrage , U ,S , government , Congress , Senate , House of Representatives , Feminism , Civil rights , Political activity , Women legislators , Hattie Caraway (1878-1950) , Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973) , Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005) , Patsy Mink (1927-2002) , Nancy Pelosi (1940- ) , Hillary Rodham Clinton (1947- ) , Michelle Bachmann (1956- ) , Gabrielle Giffords (1970- )

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Awards & Honors

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014, Middle-Grade Books; Booklist Editors’ Choice 2014, Nonfiction, Middle Readers; Booklist Lasting Connections 2014, Social Studies; 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project List, Middle Grade, Nonfiction

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

This volume begins with a profile of the first woman to serve in Congress, Representative Jeannette Rankin, elected in 1916. Cooper includes some background about the struggle for women’s suffrage but focuses on the 20th century and organizes the book by era, comparing women’s progress in Congress with their overall status in the countr This volume begins with a profile of the first woman to serve in Congress, Representative Jeannette Rankin, elected in 1916. Cooper includes some background about the struggle for women’s suffrage but focuses on the 20th century and organizes the book by era, comparing women’s progress in Congress with their overall status in the country. She describes their gradual advancement from filling seats of dead husbands or fathers to running, winning, and leading on their own. The final chapters on the contemporary period concentrate on women who broke new barriers, such as Shirley Chisholm and Nancy Pelosi, or became nationally prominent, such as Geraldine Ferraro. Cooper celebrates the gains women have made, but explains that parity remains a distant goal. Her informal writing style includes interesting details and anecdotes about the women’s struggles and triumphs. However, the book contains several errors, the most important being the author’s repeated claims that vacancies in the House can be filled by appointment, when constitutionally, all House seats must be filled by election. (Senate vacancies can be filled by appointment.) The text is supplemented by photos and cartoon-style illustrations, an appendix on how the federal government operates, and a list of women who have served in Congress. Although there are many individual biographies of Congressional women, few describe the progress of women as a group, and most of those, such as Jill S. Pollack’s Women on the Hill (Watts, 1996), are dated. The error regarding appointment to House seats is an unfortunate oversight; some libraries may wish to pass on this title or wait for a corrected edition. If librarians and educators can look beyond this flaw, the engaging biographical sketches and lively overview of women in American politics presented in this work may prove worthy of inclusion in some collections.—Mary Mueller, Rolla Public Schools, MO

Book Details

ISBN

9781419710360

First Release

May 2014

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

320.082

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 10"

Page Count

144

Accelerated Reader

Level 7.6; Points: 4;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 9.3; Points: 8;

Lexile

Level 1040L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Abrams

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Women's suffrage, U,S, government, Congress, Senate, House of Representatives, Feminism, Civil rights, Political activity, Women legislators, Hattie Caraway (1878-1950), Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973), Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005), Patsy Mink (1927-2002), Nancy Pelosi (1940- ), Hillary Rodham Clinton (1947- ), Michelle Bachmann (1956- ), Gabrielle Giffords (1970- ),

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