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Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton stood up and fought for what she believed in. From an early age, she knew that women were not given rights equal to men. But rather than accept her lesser status, Elizabeth went to college and later gathered other like-minded women to challenge the right to vote.Here is the inspiring story of an extraordinary woman who changed America forever because ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published January 1st 2008)
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Robyn Schaefer
Dec 28, 2014 Robyn Schaefer rated it really liked it
When I look back on my own education of the Women's Suffrage Movement, one word comes to mind...BORING. Children's trade books were never incorporated into my social studies curriculum growing up. It was a "learn-from-your-textbook" kind of environment. No wonder I hated social studies until I got to college.

Elizabeth Leads The Way is a book I wished my teachers had shared with me when I was younger. Through fun and energetic text and illustrations, Elizabeth Cady Stanton is depicted as a forwar
Nadine Jones
Apr 14, 2015 Nadine Jones rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
I still read to my kids at night, even though they are both quite capable of reading to themselves. Usually when I read a biography, they are antsy and bored, although sometimes they find it interesting. But THIS time, they were excited! This book brilliantly takes what could be a somewhat dry story and makes it completely accessible to schoolage kids. (One quibble, I would have liked a few more actual dates - in the followup, it says there is a Stanton Day celebrated in NY State every year on h ...more
Apr 21, 2012 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sarah Bingham
A simple, short description of the life of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the leaders of the women's rights movement. This biography give a few key moments in Stanton's childhood and youth that encouraged her passion to fight for women to gain more freedoms.

A nice introduction to the women's rights movement for children in early elementary school. The first page encourages children to think about girls not being taken seriously: "What would you do if someone told you you can't be what you want
Meghan Krogh
Apr 13, 2015 Meghan Krogh rated it it was amazing
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I didn't like the illustrations at all. On one page there was a pregnant woman that looked like she was going to give birth to a cow! The text told the story of Stanton up until just after the first Woman's Rights Convention. A note at the end of the book talked about her life after the Convention. What annoyed me was that, in the end note the author referred to the fact that New York State has declared Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day an official state holiday, yet nowhere in the book does it provide ...more
Kelly Hobbs
Feb 17, 2016 Kelly Hobbs rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Leads the Way is a great way to explain women's suffrage to children! This topic can sometimes either be misunderstood or ignored by children when learning about it, and this children's biography is an exciting way to let students see how this one particular woman felt at the time and how her passion led to great progress in our nation today.

Elizabeth Cady was exposed to the lack of women's rights at a very young age, and against all odds she was able to eventually take a stand in her
Kiara Aytch
Oct 28, 2014 Kiara Aytch rated it liked it
This is the non-fiction story of Elizabeth Stanton and how she went against the grain to prove that women could do anything men could. She was tired of men being in charge and women not having any rights at all. It documents her journey by beginning when she was a little girl her father telling her that nothing belonged to women and they had no rights. Elizabeth thought this was unfair and set out to change this law. As she gets older she gets educated and the real fight begins. One day while ha ...more
Gabrielle Blockton
Date: September 13th ,2014

Author: Tanya Lee Stone; Illustrations by Rebecca Gibbon

Title: Elizabeth Leads the Way

Plot: Meet Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a young woman born and raised during a time when women were not allowed to own property, go to college and expected to get married, wash clothes, and have babies. What boiled Elizabeth's core was the fact that women were not allowed to vote. Elizabeth knew that America needed change and she made sure that her voice was going to be heard.

Setting: Ame
Juliet Schenk
Feb 09, 2014 Juliet Schenk rated it really liked it
Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote by Tanya Lee Stone is a story-like biography that tells the journey of Elizabeth Cady Stanton fighting for women’s right to vote. The story begins by giving examples of some of Elizabeth’s observations as a young girl. At age 13 she learned from her father, who was a judge, that after a woman’s husband dies nothing belongs to the widow. This was just one of the examples that pushed Elizabeth to want to make a change. The rest ...more
Gabrielle Pulito
Dec 04, 2015 Gabrielle Pulito marked it as to-read
Title: Elizabeth Leads the Way
Author: Tanya Lee Stone
Illustrator: Rebecca Gibbon
Genre: Biography
Theme(s): Perserverness, Standing up for what you belive in, Boldness, Leadership, Hard Work, Determination
Opening line/sentence: What would you do if someone told you you can’t be what you want to because you are a girl?
Brief Book Summary: This is a biography that describes the life of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. After she heard her father, who was a judge tell a women that after her husband died she w
I loved the way the questions in the beginning got my 4th grade girls riled up and involved in the story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. This is a lively and interesting biography of a great mover and shaker. I'm excited to follow up the civil rights unit we've been working on with Women's History Month!
Alexandria Stephens
Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote is a book about women's suffrage and how Elizabeth Cady Stanton was at the forefront of fighting for women's rights. The book briefly speaks about Stanton's life at an early age but the story's main focus is of the women's suffrage movement. Elizabeth Cady Stanton joined forces with other women who wanted to fight for a woman's right to vote. The book doesn't describe all the sacrifices and obstacles Stanton faced during this ...more
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
I remember reading an old Elizabeth Cady Stanton biography when I was in high school. I was fascinated with her life. This is a great picture book bio about her.
Margo Tanenbaum
In this book suitable for early elementary school-aged children, Tanya Lee Stone paints a colorful picture of one of the leading figures in the fight for women's rights, Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Delightfully illustrated in a folk art style by Rebecca Gibbon, the story of Elizabeth's life is told in simple language that is accessible for the youngest readers. The author begins with an illustration of Elizabeth Cady Stanton as an elderly woman, and draws us in right away with this provocative text: ...more
Nov 11, 2010 529_allie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: infos-bios
Elizabeth Cady Stanton lived her whole life with people telling her she couldn't do things because she was a girl, and while some people may have excepted this unfair fate not Elizabeth-she set out to change the world. After learning that a woman was going to lose her land because her husband and woman could not own land she set out to show the world that girls can do anything boys did. When she was 16 she went to a girls' school instead of getting married and having children. Upon graduating sh ...more
A thumbnail sketch of the personality and accomplishment of Elizabeth Cady Stanton which gives the essential information a child or adult needs to know about her crusade for the voting rights of women. She declared that all women as well as men were created equal in 1848 and it still took seventy two more years before women got the right to vote. I did not like the illustrations, the faces were "pinched".
Angela Hutchinson
This book is about how Elizabeth Cady Stanton helps pave the way to women's rights. The illustrations in this book do a great job portraying the emotions of Elizabeth and her disgust about how women are treated. This would be a great book to read and talk with the students about how the people in the United States received their rights throughout history. Other examples to talk to the students about would be the Indians, the slaves, and similar other human races.
Dec 03, 2012 Leslie rated it really liked it
Great book for elementary aged students! This book holds valuable information in language that is easy to understand. I think that it is very important for students to be introduced to biographies at a very young age or they will think that biographies are just boring books that are full of boring facts; which isn't true! This book has beautiful illustrations that will keep the elementary aged student interested.This book also hold an important lesson that students need to learn - fight for your ...more
Endya Melvin
Apr 01, 2013 Endya Melvin rated it really liked it
Stone, T. (2008). Elizabeth Leads the Way. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company LLC.
Sub-group: Discrimination
Genre: Biography
Topic: Women’s right to vote, women’s independence
A women felt it wasn’t fair that only men could vote. Throughout her young life, she heard so many negative things that women could not do but men could. For instance, she heard her father, who was a judge, tell a women that a farm her and her husband shared for more the majority of her life would be taken fr
Bri  Ahearn
Mar 16, 2010 Bri Ahearn rated it really liked it
In short bits of prose, Stone lets readers see the power of questioning “why?” as Elizabeth did, when she wondered why males had more rights from females. While definitely for younger readers (ages 5-7, I’d say), Elizabeth Leads the Way does encompass all the pivotal moments of Stanton’s life. What I love about this book is it’s a nice primer for a discussion of women’s rights for small children, without the dates and historical background that might dampen their enthusiasm.

Illustrator Rebecca G
This book for very young readers is a summary of the life of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. From a young age Elizabeth saw that thinga were not equal for boys and girls, men and women. As she grows older, she realizes that the inequalities just continue. Her father wishes aloud that she was born a boy because she is so driven; but Elizabeth is proud to be a girl and wants to change things. And change she does. The book details her meeting her husband and the creation of the Seneca Falls Convention and ...more
May 04, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
If you only get one book on Women's Suffrage, this is the one to get! It makes what could be a dull history lesson into something that kids readily understand -- what's fair and what isn't!

Elizabeth learned by the age of 4 that being a girl was not easy. She overheard a woman tell her mother that it "was a pity" that Elizabeth's new sister was not a boy. At 13, she learned that her father, Judge Cady, ruled that a widow's farm should be taken from her simply because she was a woman and had no r
Mar 19, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it
Read to 2nd grade during Women's History month. Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her determination to seek equal rights for women by changing the law to allow women the right to vote.
Robin Rousu
Apr 29, 2014 Robin Rousu rated it really liked it
Very well done. The fact that women didn't get the right to vote until 1920 is a bit hidden in the end note, other than that, great picture book about Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the women's suffrage movement. Reads aloud well and does a good job of opening with engaging questions. Highly recommended for ages 5-8.
Mar 07, 2010 MissDziura rated it liked it
Tanya Lee Stone has written a biography about Elizabeth Cady Stanton for younger readers. She has written a good story that starts with Elizabeth questioning why boys had it so much easier than girls when she was a young girl herself. The story progresses with her life from becoming an accomplished student, to a wife, and finally one of the first activists for Women's Rights. Most students have heard of Susan B. Anthony but not Elizabeth Stanton, so this book does a great job through story and i ...more
Dec 30, 2008 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
This picture book biography gives young readers a delightful introduction into one of America's foremost female reformers. The book introduces Elizabeth as a young girl, and continues chronologically with Elizabeth's realization of her less than equal status as compared to her male counterparts. We then see the steps she took to try and fix these inequalities. The book concludes with a more in-depth synopsis of Elizabeth Cady Stanton's life, followed by a list of sources. The whimsical illustrat ...more
Alma Loredo
This is a great narrative for children to understand the changes that have occurred in the United States. This book explains in a very simple way what Elizabeth had to do to encourage that women, just like men, needed to have rights and how women now have many rights they were not allowed to have before.
It is mportant for students to be able to talk about it but also neat for them to experience it. I think that students can experience this sense of inequality by not being allowed to do what they
Mar 02, 2016 michelle rated it it was amazing
A great book showing both how women had fewer choices in Elizabeth Cady Stanton's time, but also her amazing struggle to get women the right to vote
Oct 27, 2015 Jason rated it really liked it
More like this, please. This is an excellent picture book biography about an important person and an even more important topic.
Marsha Pierce
Jun 29, 2014 Marsha Pierce rated it really liked it
One of Elizabeth's favorite books :) She loves hearing about how Elizabeth Cady Stanton saw injustice and worked to change it.
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Tanya Lee Stone is an award-winning author of books for kids and teens. Her work, which includes YA fiction (A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl), picture books (Elizabeth Leads the Way and Sandy's Circus), and nonfiction (Almost Astronauts and The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie) has won national awards such as the ALA's Sibert Medal, SCBWI's Golden Kite Award, YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction, Jane Add ...more
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