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Feminism: The March Toward Equal Rights for Women

By Jill Dearman  
Illustrated by Lex Cornell
Why are women treated differently from men? In Feminism: The March Toward Equal Rights for Women, middle and high schoolers take a long look at the history of feminism and meet several key historical figures who helped bring about the different waves of the movement. Through essential questions, primary sources, and investigative projects, readers develop a comprehensive understanding of the struggle that began many decades ago, compared and contrasted with the struggle that continues today.

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“This is a strong introductory text representing the comprehensive history of feminism, contemporary social movements, and important figures in the long, slow fight for equal rights. This book provides readers the knowledge they need to start making their own cracks in the glass ceiling.”

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Why are women treated differently from men? What is feminism? Why is this movement such an important part of the history of civic rights, and why is it still important today?

Feminism: The March Toward Equal Rights for Women invites middle and high schoolers to examine the different stages of the feminist movement, from early mentions in history through the suffragettes’ fight for the vote to today’s evidence of feminism in the struggle for equal pay and equal rights around the world. As social justice movements gain more traction in the national news media, many students are evolving into activist citizens who are working towards bettering humanity and the planet. This history of feminism gives them an introduction to the ways and means of community activism, which can be applied to a multitude of causes.

Feminism: The March Toward Equal Rights for Women introduces readers to some of the icons of feminism, including Simone De Bouvier, Gloria Steinem, and Angela Davis. By examining and deconstructing writings and other arts, readers gain a deeper understanding of the struggles women and men have undertaken for the deceptively simple goal of equal rights for all. Issues such as domestic violence and the fight for equal pay for equal work, plus a discussion of the more recent #metoo movement, all encourage kids to pay close attention to the world in which we live and insist on justice at every turn.

Feminism includes critical-thinking activities and research exercises to encourage readers to dive deep into the topic and consider viewpoints from many different identities. Fun facts, links to online primary sources and other supplemental material, and essential questions take readers on an exploration of the past, present, and future of feminism.

Feminism is part of a set of four books called Inquire & Investigate Social Issues of the Twenty-First Century, which explores the social challenges that have faced our world in the past and that continue to drive us to do better in the future. Other titles in this set are Gender Identity, Immigration Nation, and Race Relations and Civil Rights.

Try these critical-thinking activities.

  • Profile a key person in the suffrage movement.
  • Interview an activist
  • Compare and contrast feminism with other social issues
Available In:
Hardcover, $22.95
Paperback, $17.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: World History



What is Feminism

Chapter 1
Women's Lives in History

Chapter 2
First Wave Feminism

Chapter 3
Between the Waves

Chapter 4
The Second Wave

Chapter 5

Chapter 6
The Third Wave

Chapter 7
Feminism Today