She Persisted: Rachel Levine

She Persisted: Rachel Levine
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June 06, 2023
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Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who spoke up and rose up against the odds--including Rachel Levine!

As the first openly transgender government official to hold an office that requires Senate confirmation, the first openly transgender four-star officer in uniform service, and the first female four-star admiral in the commissioned corps, Rachel Levine faced many obstacles throughout her life. But she persisted through them all and showed kids of all genders that they can succeed in their dreams too.

In this chapter book biography by critically acclaimed author Lisa Bunker, readers learn about the amazing life of Rachel Levine--and how she persisted

Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton, black-and-white illustrations throughout, and a list of ways that readers can follow in Rachel Levine's footsteps and make a difference! A perfect choice for kids who love learning and teachers who want to bring inspiring women into their curriculum.

And don’t miss out on the rest of the books in the She Persisted series, featuring so many more women who persisted, including Sonia Sotomayor, Margaret Chase Smith, Patsy Mink, and more!

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Born in 1957, Rachel Levine faced a number of challenges. She was often bullied because her family was Jewish and both of her parents worked. She also realized early on that she wasn't comfortable with her gender assigned at birth. but at the time, there was little knowledge about transgender people available. She was a good student, and went to Harvard University to major in medicine. In addition to practicing medicine, she also taught, and worked in adolescent medicine and worked with people who had eating disorders. In 2018, she became the Secretary of Health for Pennsylvania and worked to help the state deal with the opioid epidemic as well as maternal health and vaccinations for children.

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Chelsea Clinton's She Persisted series has short, easy to read biographies of a wide variety of women, such as Wilma Mankiller, Kalpana Chawla, Temple Grandin, and Simone Biles. They give a good overview of the person's life, and put it into the context of history and society. There is brief, easy to understand information about Levine's transgender journey and how she was treated. Author Lisa Bunker is one of New Hampshire's first transgender state legislators as well as the author of middle grade fiction such as Felix XYZ, Zenobia July, and the upcoming Joy, To the World written with Kai Shappley.

It's not easy to find books about people whose careers involved medicine or science, and I wish there were more books for young readers that explored STEM topics involving public health. Brown's A Shot in the Arm is one of the few titles I've seen, and I'm looking forward to Montillo's upcoming The First Women of Medicine. Fans of the She Persisted will want to read this newest installment.
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