by Stephanie Warren Drimmer
176 pages; ages 8-12
National Geographic Children's Books, 2017
This book is chock-full of Leading Ladies, Daring Dames, Gritty Girls, Peace Heroines, Legendary Ladies, and a few outstanding non-human heroines. These strong girls don't wear capes or have superpowers. But they do share seven qualities, writes Stephanie Drimmer.
How to Identify a Heroine:
- Heroines step up when help is needed.
- They are brave. They do the right thing no matter how scared they are.
- They're confident, even when folks say "you can't do that."
- They put others first.
- Heroines do the right thing.
- They face risk - which means they act even when doing so means they might be called names, or face danger.
- And when the going get tough, they don't quit.
One section highlights women who led nations: Golda Meir, Angela Merkel, Margaret Thatcher, Cleopatra. Another introduces athletes. Within the pages are stories of code breakers, warriors, journalists, business leaders, pilots, and explorers. There are profiles of courageous peace-makers, like Malala Yousafzai and Rigoberta Menchu Tum. And there are scientists and inventors.
These women pushed against barriers, saved lives, and discovered new worlds. They're the sort of heroes you'd like any child to meet. Review copy from publisher.