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The first page starts off telling little girls that they will most defiantly be a victim of people treating them like they don't matter because they are a girl. This rally bugged me people treat people like they don't matter for a thousand of reasons, and I want to raise my daughter to not even recognize that someone might be treating her that way I want her to just be her best self regardless and know that is ok. The content of the women's history was ok. There were a few interesting facts, but it didn't go into great detail. My biggest issue with the book is that right out the gate it makes women appear to be victims.
I really wanted to love this book because of the great message to girls and the good reviews, but it was just OK to me. One of the previous reviews commented that it's hard to read this book aloud and she is absolutely right. Each page has a paragraph about the girl/woman it's referencing and instead of it being the usual 5-6 sentences, it's 2-3. The author used semicolons instead of periods so there are a ton of run-on sentences. Besides the writing style, there just wasn't much information given on each person. I would say it is more of a conversation starter where you can read the book to your child and then elaborate on the person referenced. My daughter and I did enjoy the illustrations and the inspirational quotes on each page. I would suggest checking this book out at the library before you buy it.
Contents are all shallow but uses big words for the quality of the contents. Will be too boring for 8 years and up readers because there're not many to "read" but will be too much to "read" these big words for younger than 8 years old. The only reason it's not 1 star is that because the illustrations are good.
I was extremely disappointed to find exactly zero representations of Asian-American women in this book. The omission is particularly glaring given the inclusion of Sally Ride, along with her famous words: "You can't be what you can't see." While "She Persisted" gives a somewhat diverse accounting of American women who have made an important impact, I will be returning it and searching for a book that does not erase the contributions of Asian-American women such as Patsy Takemoto Mink (politics), Amy Tan (literature), Michelle Kwan (athletics), or Indra Nooyi (business), among others.