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How Women Won the Vote: Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, and Their Big Idea

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  189 ratings  ·  41 reviews
This is how history should be told to kids!

From Newbery Honor medalist Susan Campbell Bartoletti and in time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of woman suffrage in America comes the page-turning, stunningly illustrated, and tirelessly researched story of the little-known DC Women’s March of 1913.

Bartoletti spins a story like few others—deftly taking readers by the hand an
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published May 19th 2020 by HarperCollins
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This is a short historical listen about how two women went to London and marched with the suffragettes, met in a police station and travelled to their home country the USA to fight for the right of women to vote. Alice and Lucy were both so determined and never gave up their plans, persisting till the day that victory was successful. Interesting book!
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is the perfect balance of comprehensive/inclusive and accessible. I liked its organization and page layouts: alternating between short diagrams/pictures and paragraph text while also including a lot of primary source material and a BEAUTIFUL two-page spread of the suffragette march in DC. It was easy to digest in one sitting and provided a framework for understanding that would allow readers to pick up longer chapter books right after - especially Lifting As We Climb by Evette Dionne. ...more
Susan Lampe
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dramatically beautiful illustrations accompany a simple well-written text to lead the reader through the story of Alice Paul and Lucy Burns. The two women met in a London police station, became friends, and took what they'd learned there about organizing for women's suffrage to their own country, the United States to push for the right for women to vote. Both end up in jail several times, battered, bruised. They are force-fed but persist in fighting for their idea that women deserve the right to ...more
Emily Romrell
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: with-kids
I read this with my 4.5 year old daughter. As we read I would skip some sentences that were too mature/scary for her so I basically read her a paired down version of this book. However, we both loved it! I learned a ton and so did she! We both loved the combination of illustrations and real photos. I used this book to start conversations about some important topics - suffrage, protests, government, race, discrimination, etc. The morning after I read it to her, she asked me to read it again and s ...more
I'll be honest. I am floored by the inhumane treatment that these women received in their quest for voting rights equality. The behavior of people opposed to women's suffrage described within is appalling, sickening, and disgraceful. This is one of those books that will stick with me for a long time. Even further, the underlying racial discrimination encountered from within the suffragist movement at major protest events means that there isn't really any entirely good side. Certainly, I am on th ...more
Abby Johnson
This book is cram packed with archival photos, facts, timelines, and much more that shows the incredible struggle women faced to pass an amendment to guarantee women the vote. It was sometimes violent and this book doesn't shy away from that (not does it glorify it). This is a wonderful nonfiction book to have for older elementary or middle school students learning about Suffrage. ...more
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
It's hard to believe that women have only had the right to vote for 100 years. But at the same time, it's not hard to believe at all. We still have such a long way to go for true equality and equal rights. This is a good overview of women's suffrage in the United States, specifically the last 10 or so years before 19th amendment was passed. Truthfully, it didn't get deep enough into the subject for me, but it's a good start for kids who aren't already familiar with the history. And I learned som ...more
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
An excellent, thorough overview of the women's suffrage movement in the United States ...more
Tyler Staggs
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this book for my Children's Materials class in library school. I'm just now learning how to read children's lit critically, and I think this book is a great example of quality children's nonfiction. The tone is never condescending, the text doesn't shy away from or omit the potentially controversial material, like Alice, Lucy, and their allies' force-feedings in British and American jails, or the racial prejudice within the women's suffrage movement that alienated so many black women who ...more
Ben Truong
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
How Women Won the Vote: Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, and Their Big Idea is a children's picture book written by Susan Campbell Bartoletti and illustrated by Ziyue Chen. It highlights of the continuing women's suffrage movement in the United States in the second decade of the 20th century.

Alice Stokes Paul was an American suffragist, feminist, and women's rights activist, and one of the main leaders and strategists of the campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits
3.5 stars

I grabbed this from the library because of the US's centennial of women's suffrage. And one of my groups on Ravelry is doing a Red Shawl Knit-A-Long for the centennial (because of Susan B Anthony's signature red shawl). I wanted to know more about the events leading up to the ratification of the 19th amendment.

This is a lovely little children's book telling the tale of Alice Paul and Lucy Burns - taking them from their college days in the UK (learning to protest) through their work in
Using two women who were suffragists, Bartoletti frames how women won the vote including some warts that now are coming to the forefront like outright racism. With all of that in the mix, this longer biographical / historical picture book has love illustrations that every so often include an actual historical photograph which I LOVED as an addition to the story itself. Women were force fed during their imprisonment. They picketed out front of the White House, they were told to give up by other w ...more
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A great longer (80 pages) picture book to help older elementary students learn about the events leading up to the ratification of the 19th Amendment. It begins with the suffrage movement in Great Britain and goes through the first time that women can vote after the ratification of the 19th Amendment. It does not hide some of the racial discrimination that occurred within the movement. Along with eye-catching illustrations are photographs from the time period and other original sources. There is ...more
Happy Women's History Month!

This was a pretty short and sweet historical account aimed at younger readers. For me, it served as a good overview and timeline for the UK and US suffrage movements. The force-feeding of the women while imprisoned was included in this account, introducing some of the hardships and cruelty that can be faced when trying to create social change.

I really appreciated the inclusion of women of colour and how they were received by some of the White Suffragists and especial
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely stunning book about 2 prominent women in the suffragist movement and their history and contributions in fighting for women's rights. Not only did I love the storytelling in the book but I loved the combination of drawn illustrations and real photographs. I learned so much about Alice Paul and Lucy Burns that I never knew. While I don't necessarily agree with all of their methods, I was outraged at the injustices they were forced to endure. It is such a complete, well-writte ...more
Donna Schwartz
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a book for tweens, but I loved reading it myself.
It gives a condensed version of how women in England and the US fought for the right to vote.
I was familiar with some of the story having seen several movies on the topic, but once again racism reared its ugly head, as the black women were rejected when they asked to be a part of the demonstrations.
I think it's very important for young people to be aware of how hard people fought for the rights they may be taking for granted.
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lots of detail about Alice Paul, very little about Susan B Anthony. Leaves the impression that the latter had achieved virtually nothing and only the more militant tactics Paul imported from the Pankhursts in England won us the right to vote. But that is not argued, just implied. Now I’d like to read a book aimed at adults that would make such an argument. Don’t know how well kids would enjoy this book which is pretty rich in tactical detail
Cristine Williams
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
A well done history for young people of the women’s suffrage movement in America. The graphics were excellent. Also, glad that racial discrimination was discussed as black women who wished to join the Washington parade were being discriminated against. The Timeline of the Suffrage events in the the United States was very helpful.
Jan Lynch
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, children
This book is a delightful way to learn about Alice Paul, Lucy Stone, and the events leading up to the passage of the 19th Amendment, as well as an encouragement to take action about what is important. Concisely and engagingly narrated, colorfully illustrated, and quick to read. Silently appreciated over coffee, or cheerfully read aloud to children, highly recommended.
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bartoletti takes readers through the experiences of Alice Paul and Lucy Burns as they first joined the women's voting rights movement in Great Britain and then came back to the United States to fight for these rights here. The illustrations and photos show the energy and danger involved in fighting for what is right and just. ...more
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book until I got to the very last page. I wish they had not included a picture and description of the women’s march in Washington from 2017. In my opinion, that took away from the purpose of the rest of the book. They should’ve just left it out. Other than that, this is a fantastic book, written in an interesting way, and with great artwork.
Tam Wallace
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful book to tell the story of the fight for women's Democratic rights

This was a short children's book. But the pictures were wonderful and worked with the narrative. Not too difficult for young children to understand. A pleasant read.
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars
I love this book. I was interested in the subject matter but I also learned something new!
I love that is has illustrations and actual photographs. This is just a well written interesting book!
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
This was a great overview of the last wing of the women’s suffrage movement. Loved the combination of illustrations and historical photos! Learned a lot I didn’t know, and appreciated that this book was both detailed and easy to follow.
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved the incorporation or photographs with the illustrations.
Leonard Kim
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
The 4* rating is a “good book for kids” statement rather than a statement about literary merit.
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A well-written introduction to the suffragist’s fight for women to vote in the United States.
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Should be required reading for all women and girls. Once Jenny is old enough, she will be sure to vote after reading what all these women did for us.
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
A mix of illustrations, photos, and news articles, sometimes all on the same page supplement the text. Back mater makes this a stand-out nonfiction title.
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-nonfiction
Great use of primary source documents. Very interesting.
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Susan Campbell Bartoletti is an American writer of children's literature. She was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, but eventually the family ended up in a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania. Susan started as an English teacher and inspired many students before deciding to pursue writing in earnest. She sold her first short story in 1989. Three years later in 1992 she published her first pict ...more

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