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She did it! : 21 women who changed the way we think / by Emily Arnold McCully.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Los Angeles : Disney/Hyperion, [2018]

Physical Description:
267pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm


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920.72 MCC Book Junior Collection

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Prepare to discover new heroes among these twenty-one women who challenged the status quo, championed others, and made their voices heard. From Jane Addams to Alice Waters, from groundbreaking artists and social justice advocates to scientific pioneers and business innovators, a strong thread of trailblazing women runs through American history. Written in compelling, accessible prose and vividly illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Emily Arnold McCully, this collection of inspiring and expertly researched profiles charts the bold paths these women forged in the twentieth century.

Author Notes

Emily Arnold McCully was born in Galesburg, Illinois on July 1, 1939. She graduated from Pembroke College, now a part of Brown University, in 1961 and received an M.A. in art history from Columbia University.

After graduation, she held a variety of jobs in the art field that included being a commercial artist, a designer of paperback covers, and illustrating advertisements. When one of her illustrations was seen on an advertisement in the subway, she was asked to illustrate Greg Panetta's Sea Beach Express. She accepted that offer and went on to illustrate over 100 children's books. In 1969, she illustrated Meindert de Jong's Journey from the Peppermint Express, which was the first children's book to receive the National Book Award.

Her first solo venture, Picnic, won the Christopher Award in 1985. Mirette on the High Wire won the Caldecott Medal in 1993. Her other children's books include Amazing Felix, Crossing the New Bridge, Grandmas at the Lake, My Real Family, and The Pirate Queen.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In a dense and historically detailed volume, Caldecott Medalist McCully profiles 21 women of influence, from investigative journalist Ida Minerva Tarbell to scientist Temple Grandin. McCully casts a wide net, featuring familiar fighters for women's suffrage alongside lesser-known figures, including Barbara Gittings, the "mother of the gay rights movement," and astronomer Vera Rubin, who discovered dark matter. McCully describes each individual's upbringing, early influences, and legacy, and significant blocks of text place each woman's contributions within historical context: "The American public was ready to listen to Carson's warnings about the dangers of pesticide. They had seen other examples of substances that had harmed humans," she writes about Rachel Carson. Portraits of each subject, rendered in washes and finely detailed lines, resemble affectionate caricatures. A rich and multilayered celebration of women's innovation and perseverance. Ages 8-12. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.