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2016 VOYA Non-Fiction Honor List
In an age of “slacktivism” and fleeting social media fame, She Takes a Stand offers a realistic look at the game-changing decisions, high stakes, and bold actions of women and girls around the world working to improve their personal situations and the lives of others.
This inspiring collection of short biographies features the stories of extraordinary figures past and present who have dedicated their lives to fighting for human rights, civil rights, workers’ rights, reproductive rights, and world peace. Budding activists will be inspired by antilynching crusader and writer Ida B. Wells, birth control educator and activist Margaret Sanger, girls-education activist Malala Yousafzai, Gulabi Gang founder Sampat Pal Devi, who fights violence against Indian women, Dana Edell, who works against the sexualization of women and girls in the media, and many others.
Including related sidebars, a bibliography, source notes, and a list of activist organizations readers can explore in person or online, She Takes a Stand is an essential resource for classroom reports or for any young person passionate about making a difference.
About the Author
Michael Elsohn Ross is a naturalist educator and award-winning author of over 40 books for children and young adults, including A World of Her Own and Salvador Dalí and the Surrealists. He lives and works in Yosemite National Park.
“An excellent compilation and a notable addition for all library collections to enhance women’s history.” —School Library Journal
“a thoroughly researched book full of inspiring stories that will appeal to young readers…” —VOYA
“Ross portrays his subjects with honesty, highlighting both their missteps and accomplishments, while emphasizing how anyone can become an activist with enough passion and will.” —Publishers Weekly
“This inspiring new addition to the Women of Action series will get your Mighty Girl thinking about her own ways to change the world.” —A Mighty Girl
“Geared toward a young adult audience but useful for all of us […] These activists are rendered with complexity.” —BITCH magazine
“She Takes a Stand is a stunning and inspiring book that celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of women around the world and will surely inspire the next generation of girls to see that their voices and actions can truly change the world.” —Dana Edell, executive director of SPARK