Title: They Led the WayThey Led the Way
Author: Johanna Johnston
Pages: 126
Reading Level: 7-10
Star Rating: ★★★

In this Scholastic Biography, we are treated to a crash and burn whiz through the lives of 14 women – Anne Hutchinson, Anne Bradstreet, Lady Deborah Moody, Phillis Wheatley, Abigail Adams, Emma Willard, Ernestine Rose, Elizabeth Blackwell, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Clara Barton, Victoria Woodhull, Nellie Bly, and Carrie Chapman Catt.

I actually really admire several of the women on this list – notably Anne Bradstreet and Abigail Adams. I also believe in gender equality and the rights of women to own property, vote, etc. However, I found that this book went a little beyond itself in its attempt to justify and glorify each of the above women and their actions. (Anne Hutchinson, particularly, was treated as a women who only wanted to think for herself instead of as a woman who was power-hungry and troublesome.)

In the chapter on Carrie Chapman Catt, her experience of being propositioned at work is mentioned.

Conclusion. Better treatments of each of the individual women can be found.

Review © 2015 Laura Verret

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