Alice Paul and the Fight for Women’s Rights: From the Vote to the Equal Rights Amendment – by Deborah Kops


      Alice Paul and the Fight for Women’s Rights: From the Vote to the Equal Rights Amendment – by Deborah Kops, Calkins Creek, (9781629793238), 2017.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? I have a confession to make. I took this book to review this spring because our seventh grade classes were doing a project on Americans who engaged in civil disobedience to bring about change, and someone suggested we include three famous suffragettes in our list. Between my library and the local public library (plus ILL), I found plenty of sources for suffragettes Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. However, Alice Paul, their sister activist, seemed to have garnered much less press. How fortuitous that this book has come along to admirably fill that gap. Starting with Paul’s birth in New Jersey in 1885, through her arrests and hunger strikes in both Britain and the US, and her efforts to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, Paul’s accomplishments are revealed. Extensively detailed end notes include a Who’s Who of women’s rights activists, an author’s note that explains how she came to care so much about her topic, twelve pages of chapter-by-chapter source notes, and a seven page annotated bibliography as well as a thorough index and picture credits. If only all writers of non-fiction would follow Kops’ fine example!

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend to young people with an interest in social justice in middle and high school both for pleasure reading and for report writing.

Who should buy this book? Middle school libraries, high school libraries and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve in Biographies.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Top half of the pile if the topic interests you.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  7/14/17

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