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


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9.3 X 11.2 X 0.5 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Susan Campbell Bartoletti is the award-winning author of several books for young readers, including Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850, winner of the Robert F. Sibert Medal. She lives in Moscow, Pennsylvania.

Ziyue Chen has illustrated several picture books, including When I Carried You in My Belly, Just Right Family: An Adoption Story, Enough!, and Mela and the Elephant. When not illustrating, Ziyue enjoys reading, swimming, and spending time with her loved ones in her homeland, Singapore. Visit her online at


"This accessible title warrants shelf space. A solid jumping-off point for students working on reports about the suffragette movement." -- School Library Journal

"This succinctly written and carefully sourced text offers young readers a glimpse into the struggles required to enact political change...Chen's richly hued digital artwork meshes seamlessly with numerous captioned documentary photos...This is an attractive and informative introduction that fills in key details often missing from other accounts of this story." -- Booklist (starred review)

"Sidebars, captions, and the inclusion of photos and newspaper clippings add informative visual interest...[and] convey the conflict and struggle without sensationalism. The inclusion of a photograph of the January 2017 Women's March acknowledges that there is more work to be done. A well-documented, highly condensed introduction with substantial visual appeal." -- Kirkus Reviews

"[O]ffers an engaging and nuanced view of the movement...and comes far closer to providing the multigenerational, multiracial and, very often, racist bigger picture." -- New York Times Book Review

"[T]imely history of voter suppression...To its credit, this candid account does not skirt irony -- that in fighting gender discrimination, parade organizers themselves practice racial discrimination, at first barring black women from participation...Thus, the suffrage movement is shown to be both regressive and progressive, underscoring a persistent contradiction perhaps central to understanding our American story." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"[W]ell-sourced account of the fight for American women's suffrage. A timeline of events preceding 1909 (beginning in 1775), an author's note, extensive notes, and a selected bibliography are appended." -- Horn Book Magazine

"Bartoletti tells the story of the final push towards the 19th Amendment with verve...while illustrator Ziyue Chen captures the feeling of the early 20th century. [T]his fascinating the perfect introduction to the Suffrage Movement for young readers! -- A Mighty Girl blog

"This is how a good history lesson should be presented." -- Booklist