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Our Brave Foremother
(Updated: October 22, 2023)
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What worked: Great collection of 100 mini-bios of diverse women that changed history. This is perfect for those who want to know more about the contributions of women in history. Even more, these are the stories of multicultural women that history books tend to forget.

I'm a huge fan of history, especially ones that share the stories of women. These include those who fought for women's; civil; and indigenous rights. One bio includes a woman whose fight for her children to attend 'white' public schools in 1946 Southern California was important for my own family.

Here's a glimpse of some women that are highlighted:

Catarina de San Juan whose outfit inspired the china poblana, the traditional dress style of Mexico

Mabel Ping-Hua Lee, an early twentieth-century suffragist who believed in women's equality

Bridget "Biddy" Mason- born into enslavement and walked on foot to the Utah Territory. She later fought for the rights of her family to move to California, where slavery was illegal, and won.

Jovita Idar fought against "Juan Crow' cruelties in Texas. One of her sayings, "Educate a woman, and you educate a family," rings true today.

Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latine/x woman to be appointed to the US Supreme Court.

Sylvia Mendez. The Latine/x mother fought for the right of her children to attend public 'white' schools in Southern California in 1946 before Brown vs. The Board of Education.

There's other equally fascinating stories of other women throughout this educational book. The summaries of each woman are bite-sized and also include questions at the end for readers to answer. Most also have personal quotes. The illustrations add to this engaging biography.

Insightful glimpses into multicultural women and the importance they played in history. Highly recommend. Perfect for classroom discussions on civil and women's rights.

Good Points
1. Great mini bios of diverse women
2. Educational and insightful
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