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A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women's Rights



by
Kate Hannigan
illustrated by
Alison Jay

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Boyds Mills Press
Imprint
Calkins Creek
ISBN
9781629794532
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Here is a picture book biography of Belva Lockwood, a lawyer, activist, and first female presidential candidate, in 1884. Author’s note. Photograph of Belva Lockwood. Time line. Bibliography. Source notes. Full-color illustrations done in oil paint with crackle varnish.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

10 1/4" x 10 1/2"

Dewey

323.3/4092 B

AR

4.3: points 0.5

Lexile

780L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2018

Book Genres


Topics

Belva Lockwood (1830–1917). Equality for women. Women’s rights. US presidential elections. Running for president. Nineteenth-century US history.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

An early proponent of equal rights for women, Belva Lockwood was one of the first female lawyers in the United States and the first to argue (and win) a case before the Supreme Court. Facing nonstop opposition, she campaigned for equal pay, equal educational opportunities, and equal rights to vote and hold office for white women and people of color. (“Belva helped poor widows, Civil War veterans, and freed slaves for what they deserved.”) Hannigan thoroughly details Lockwood’s many triumphs, beginning with her childhood and young adult years, and concluding with her unsuccessful, though impressive, run for president. The narrative concentrates mainly on her professional accomplishments; much of her personal life is noted in the time line. Nearly each page offers a quote from Lockwood’s speeches and writings and most resonate with today’s political climate; however, the script font used for these quotes may challenge readers. A time line provides dates and pertinent facts about the subject and the accomplishments of other women in law and politics (Hattie Wyatt Caraway, Shirley Chisholm, Sandra Day O’Connor, etc.). VERDICT Lockwood’s struggles against great odds in the name of freedom are well outlined in this work. A fine addition to nonfiction collections.—Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, formerly at Trinity-Pawling School, NY

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

An early proponent of equal rights for women, Belva Lockwood was one of the first female lawyers in the United States and the first to argue (and win) a case before the Supreme Court. Facing nonstop opposition, she campaigned for equal pay, equal educational opportunities, and equal rights to vote and hold office for white women and people of color. (“Belva helped poor widows, Civil War veterans, and freed slaves for what they deserved.”) Hannigan thoroughly details Lockwood’s many triumphs, beginning with her childhood and young adult years, and concluding with her unsuccessful, though impressive, run for president. The narrative concentrates mainly on her professional accomplishments; much of her personal life is noted in the time line. Nearly each page offers a quote from Lockwood’s speeches and writings and most resonate with today’s political climate; however, the script font used for these quotes may challenge readers. A time line provides dates and pertinent facts about the subject and the accomplishments of other women in law and politics (Hattie Wyatt Caraway, Shirley Chisholm, Sandra Day O’Connor, etc.). VERDICT Lockwood’s struggles against great odds in the name of freedom are well outlined in this work. A fine addition to nonfiction collections.—Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, formerly at Trinity-Pawling School, NY

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