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They Led the Way

They Led the Way

by Johanna Johnston Illustrated by Deanne Hollinger
The lives of fourteen American women, each of them pioneers in the fight for equal rights, are profiled in this informative and often surprising collection. Beginning with Anne Hutchinson in the early seventeenth-century and following events in the United States until the first half of the 20th century, these stories offer specific examples of courage and determination by women of varying backgrounds and opinions.

Anne Hutchinson was a Puritan woman who was banished from the colony of Massachusetts because she openly disputed the theology propounded by the male ministers of her church. Lady Deborah Moody, another Puritan woman, actually founded her own town in Brooklyn, New York, where she and others like her could voice their own ideas free from persecution. A century later, George Washington honored America's first published poet of African descent, Phyllis Wheatley. Elizabeth Blackwell became the first American female doctor in the mid-nineteenth-century. In 1920, Carrie Chapman Catt's efforts for equality finally won American women the right to vote.

The fourteen engaging stories of Johanna Johnston's book offer a panorama of American history, from life in the colonies to the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation, from America's agricultural beginnings to the time of its industrial and technological expansion. What finally comes across is not just the importance of each of the heroines represented, but just how integral the role of women has always been in the making of our nation.

9, 10, 11, 12
Interest Level
Grades 4 - 7
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Puffin Books
Number of Pages
Biography and Autobiography, Informational Text

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Johanna Johnston
Deanne Hollinger

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