Women’s Equality in America: Examining the Facts

Bloomsbury. (Contemporary Debates). Feb. 2024. 208p. Tr $75. ISBN 9781440879463.
Gr 7 Up–This timely, detailed book provides a comprehensive overview of topics, issues, and resources relating to women’s equality throughout American history, spanning from the lead-up to the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention to the 2022 reversal of Roe v. Wade. To assist readers in digesting its content, the book employs a useful structure throughout. Chapters center on a theme, for example, “Women’s Equality and Intersectionality,” and are comprised of four to 10 questions surrounding that topic, such as, “How did intersectionality impact the suffrage movement?” For each question, the book provides a succinct answer, a detailed explanation of the relevant historical facts, and a list of resources for further reading. In addition to easing the cognitive load for readers, this structure also lends itself well to different classroom applications, including short reading assignments, group work, and starting points for research topics, and provides the opportunity for students to practice countering controversial claims with facts. This adeptly balances historical perspectives with modern contexts and weaves in more recent themes like intersectionality.
VERDICT An excellent resource on women’s equality that, through its effective structure, encourages multiple practical classroom applications.

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