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A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women's Rights
Contributor(s): Hannigan, Kate, Jay, Alison (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1629794538     ISBN-13: 9781629794532
Publisher: Calkins Creek
    OUR PRICE: $16.16  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: January 2018
Annotation: Written in the same vein as the recent best-selling titles I DISSENT and SHE PERSISTED, here is a nonfiction picture book biography of Belva Lockwood, a lawyer, activist and presidential candidate who devoted her life to overcoming obstacles and demanding equality for women.

Activist Belva Lockwood never stopped asking herself the question Are women not worth the same as men? She had big dreams and didn't let anyone stand in her way--not her father, her law school, or even the U.S. Supreme Court. She fought for equality for women in the classroom, in the courtroom, and in politics. In her quest for fairness and parity, Lockwood ran for President of the United States, becoming the first woman on the ballot. In this riveting nonfiction picture book biography, award-winning author Kate Hannigan and celebrated artist Alison Jay illuminate the life of Lockwood, a woman who was never afraid to take the floor and speak her mind.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Women presidential candidates; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Presidential candidates; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Feminists; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Women
Dewey: 305.42092
LCCN: bl2018002585
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 10.50" W x 0.50" (1.08 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 193309
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 November #3)

Hannigan presents an invigorating account of the life of Belva Lockwood, taking readers from her childhood in Niagara County, N.Y., to her career as one of the first women lawyers in the U.S. to her 1884 run for president ("Are women not worth the same as men? Belva spent her whole life asking that question."). Working in her distinctively crackled folk style, Jay depicts powerful moments of resistance and courage from Lockwood's life—whether storming into a classroom or protesting before the Supreme Court. Endnotes provide a timeline of Hannigan's life and beyond, highlighting significant events in the ongoing fight for women's rights and concluding with Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential run. Ages 9–12. Author's agent:Jennifer Mattson, Andrea Brown Literary. Illustrator's agent: Lorraine Owen, the Organisation. (Jan.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 December)

Gr 3–5—An early proponent of equal rights for women, Belva Lockwood was one of the first female lawyers in the United States and the first to argue (and win) a case before the Supreme Court. Facing nonstop opposition, she campaigned for equal pay, equal educational opportunities, and equal rights to vote and hold office for white women and people of color. ("Belva helped poor widows, Civil War veterans, and freed slaves for what they deserved.") Hannigan thoroughly details Lockwood's many triumphs, beginning with her childhood and young adult years, and concluding with her unsuccessful, though impressive, run for president. The narrative concentrates mainly on her professional accomplishments; much of her personal life is noted in the time line. Nearly each page offers a quote from Lockwood's speeches and writings and most resonate with today's political climate; however, the script font used for these quotes may challenge readers. A time line provides dates and pertinent facts about the subject and the accomplishments of other women in law and politics (Hattie Wyatt Caraway, Shirley Chisholm, Sandra Day O'Connor, etc.). VERDICT Lockwood's struggles against great odds in the name of freedom are well outlined in this work. A fine addition to nonfiction collections.—Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, formerly at Trinity-Pawling School, NY

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.