Ballots for Belva: The True Story of a Woman's Race for the Presidency
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Ballots for Belva: The True Story of a Woman's Race for the Presidency

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  20 reviews
A timely true tale for the 2008 presidential election

In 1884, when men were the only people allowed to vote in national elections, Belva Lockwood took a bold but legal step: She ran for president! Women did not have the same rights as men, but Belva went on undeterred—and she got votes! Her run for office was based on experience and merit: Unlike many women of the time, sh...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Abrams Books for Young Readers
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Lisa Vegan
Dec 22, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: grades 2-6 for studying about women’s suffrage and history of politics and law
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
Excellent! Inspiring!

I learned so much about Belva Lockwood in this book. She was amazing. She was not only the first woman to actually get votes during a U.S. presidential elction, but she was the first woman to graduate from her law school and accomplished a huge amount. What I loved about her was that she was a champion of human rights, not just for herself or for women, but also for African-Americans and for Native Americans, and she worked for their rights too, very successfully on the 2 oc...more
Aug 24, 2011 Courtney rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Although I just so happen to be the illustrator, my reason for liking this picture book is entirely due to the uniqueness of Belva's story and the strength and quality of her character.

Every so often I browse around and read the reviews of this book--the good and bad alike. Some people like the illustrations, some don't. But fortunately most agree that Belva is a woman worth remembering, and for that I am thankful to have played a small part in sharing her story. Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen does wel...more
All I could think as I read this book was "You go, girl!!!" Belva is most known for being the first female presidential candidates to win any votes, but she was "moving mountains" long before that in law school and elsewhere. I think part of the joy of this book is discovering all she did so I won't say too much except that I wish more people knew about Belva and that more people today possess her indomitable spirit. The author's note is excellent as is the timeline of women's suffrage. The illu...more
Margo Tanenbaum
Hilary Rodham Clinton, of course, was not the first woman to run for president. But did you know that way back in 1884, years before women won the right to vote, a daring woman ran for president, and even received thousands of votes?

Ballots for Belva: The True Story of a Woman's Race for the Presidency, by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, illustrated by Courtney A. Martin (Abrams, 2008), tells this remarkable story in an easy-to-follow picture book format, which can be enjoyed by all ages.

After working...more
sweet pea
i am one of the few people who count Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood as one of my heroes. hopefully this will soon change - when others are inspired by her work. this book is a good overview of her career and does a good job of explaining the intricacies of an election in an understandable style. the illustrations are soft and pleasing. a helpful womyn's suffrage timeline is in the back of the book. the "author's note" helps dispel myths about the "newness" of womyn running for president and vice-pre...more
In 1869 at the age of 39, Belva Lockwood decided to enter law school. One problem: Law Universities did not accept women. Belva set out to change that and was accepted in National University Law School. But, the school made it difficult for the young women who were admitted...only Belva and one other woman made it through the courses in order to graduate. One small mountail moved.

In 1884, Belva decided to run for president, even though women could not vote. But, her determination and fiestiness...more
Belva Lockwood, a women's rights activist, was the first woman to run for president and receive votes. She also sponsored an African American lawyer to argue before the Supreme Court and fought for Native American equality. This nonfiction story clearly presents Lockwood as an American hero and my 5th graders learned a lot from this upper elementary appropriate text. The illustrator included a cat in nearly every illustration of Belva. After a bit of online research (no citations!), I don't thin...more
Janice  Durante
Girls need inspiring true stories like this one. As a woman in 1884, Belva Lockwood might not have been allowed to vote, but that didn't stop her from running for president!
All her life, Belva defied society's restricted role for women and stayed true to her self. She found a way to earn a law degree and argued a case against the Supreme Court. And later, though people scoffed and laughed, she earned the respect and the votes of thousands of (male) citizens. Martin's expressive illustrations ad...more
Long before Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin and Geraldine Ferraro, there was Belva Lockwood who ran for president before women could even vote. She also was the first woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court, she fought for the ability of the first black man to argue before the Supreme Court, and she represented the Eastern Cherokee Indian Nation over the "Trail of Tears" that they were forced to march and won them five million dollars. I had never heard of her until this book, but I think sh...more
Kate Hastings
Jan 30, 2009 Kate Hastings rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Grades 2-5 biography president patriotic voting
Hillary Clinton was not the first woman to run for President. Belva Lockwood ran for President before women even had the right to vote. The Constitution kept women from voting-- but it didn't say anything about nominating and voting FOR a woman to be President.

She was the first female lawyer, earning her degree at the age of 39. She spent the rest of her life fighting for women's rights-- and equality for all.

The only fault of the book was taking the analogy of "Moving Mountians" a little too fa...more
This is a must have picture book biography. Not only does it chronicle the life of an otherwise unknown historical figure; it does so extensively and without allowing itself to be obscured by jargon or forgotten terminology. Its author note contains further information on the times from which Belva Lockwood came and how her impact affected the country. I was very impressed with the timeline of women's sufferage at the end. This book is among the finest works I've read this year in that regard. T...more
This book is amazing for many reasons.

First and foremost, the illustrations were fabulous. OK OK I might be a leetle biased (Courtney Martin is one of my best friends), but they are truly amazing spreads!

Secondly, I think that it is an important book for anyone to read due to the historical importance of Belva Lockwood running for president.

Seriously though. . . big golden one ton kudos for Courtney on her first book!
In 1884, before women could even vote, this forward-thinking woman actually ran for president. And more than that, she had a female running mate (take that, Geraldine Ferraro!). She received over 1200 votes, from men, since they were the only ones who could vote at the time. She probably received more than that, but many of her votes were given away or thrown away by men who did not think that a woman could or should be president.
Erin Sterling
I didn't even know that a woman ran for President in 1884! Definitely for older readers, this book does a nice job at trying to tell the story of an amazing woman who was a motivated "career woman" way ahead of her time and ran for President before women could even vote. Wow! Not very impressed by the illustrations, though.
Makenna Johnoson
this book gave really good info. it was a true story. it told how Belva wanted to get equal womens rights. she was the first women to run for president. she even went to law school. the men did not like that aat all.
Interesting book about the first woman to run for president, in the 1880's. Before women even had the right to vote!
Belva runs for president, and gets more votes than any other woman had at that time.
I like to use this with my students when we get to the 19th Amendment in US History.
Apr 12, 2012 Annie rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: 3-6
Very interesting - good starting point for investigation
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Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen is an award-winning children's book author whose books include Duck Duck Moose, Chicks Run Wild, Pirate Princess, Hampire!, and the forthcoming Orangutangled. She visits schools around the country to talk about the craft of writing to children of all ages. "Every book is an autobiography" is a favorite saying of hers, and a big part of her message is that everyone, grownup...more
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