Back of Book:
Activist Belva Lockwood never stopped asking herself the question Are women not worth the same as men? She had big dreams and didn’t let anyone stand in her way–not her father, her law school, or even the U.S. Supreme Court. She fought for equality for women in the classroom, in the courtroom, and in politics. In her quest for fairness and parity, Lockwood ran for President of the United States, becoming the first woman on the ballot. In this riveting nonfiction picture book biography, award-winning author Kate Hannigan and celebrated artist Alison Jay illuminate the life of Lockwood, a woman who was never afraid to take the floor and speak her mind.
I think that the story of Belva Lockwood is a perfect example to share with readers during National Women’s month. Before I read this story, I had never heard of the amazing, and strong woman. I loved learning about her fight for equality for women. She earned a law degree and was one of the first women to do so. This story is rich in history and makes it a perfect nonfiction addition to any Civil War History Unit. The illustrations are well drawn and show the strength and determination of one strong woman. The back of the book has a fantastic note from the author and a timeline so readers can see the history behind what Belva accomplished. I am so glad that I got to share this with my students this year.
Ages 7 and up