She Changed the World

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In fifth grade I won the reading contest by devouring 88 books, mostly mini-bios of famous people. But few were female, so I would have loved this fine collection for children on significant women that tells their stories through their own voices. 4 of 5 Stars. 

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the ARC. Opinions are mine. Pub Date 13 Nov 2018. #SheChangedTheWorld #NetGalley.
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This was a very quick and inspirational read. I do wish the stories were all around the same size. Some felt a bit short to me and others a bit long.
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Thanks to the publishers for sharing this one. I enjoyed it. My full review appears on Weekend Notes.
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Love the title and premise. Good information included in the book. I learned about some women I'd not known about. The layout on bio pages wasn't my favorite. Some of the larger text in the beginning didn't seem carefully chosen. Found a typo on one page. Overall, an inspiring book for women, girls, and minorities.
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There were some things that I thought this book did well, and some that I definitely had a few issues with. I think the most defining aspect of this particular collection of influential women is that each entry is largely written by the woman herself so we get to hear about her accomplishments and experiences in her own words. Each section features a short first-person piece written by a woman who was first in achieving something, a full page portrait of her with some 'fast facts' about her life, and a one page overview written [presumably] by the editor. I think this was a great idea because it is important to hear women's voices and how they see themselves and the world around them, although I suppose it is a bit limiting in that it means the book can only feature women who are still living.

Problems I had with the book might seem a bit nit-picky, but I still feel like they are important issues. First of all 'She Changed the World', while still technically accurate, is a bit of a misleading title since every single one of these women are based in America [even if a few were born elsewhere]. I suppose it makes sense because TIME is an American magazine, but it still means that this book represents a VERY small slice of women. Also while there was a pretty good balance between black and white women, there were only three women of any other race featured in the book [I think one of Chinese descent, one Indian, and one Latina]. I guess you can argue that they had to pick women who were first at something and were limited that way, but there are all kinds of firsts and they definitely could have chosen other options if they had wanted to paint a different picture. 

There was also a certain woman who I do not think should have been included, but I guess that's more of a personal opinions so I won't go into it here [although if you've read this you can almost certainly guess who it is]. This was overall an interesting collection and I did enjoy several of the entries, but I feel like it was in the end an incredibly narrow representation. Perhaps if they do another volume in the future they can expand to include women from more walks of life.
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I liked the format of this book and thought it would be a great read for any young children. My daughter is 8 and really enjoyed learning about current, relevant women in our society today. This is something I would definitely buy as a gift and recommend to others! Thank you to Time Inc Books for the ARC.
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This is another of the female empowerment multiple story books. This book includes bios of many women throughout history who were the first in their specific field. It included many women who I did not know had been a first at something. My main criticism of this book is that many of the pieces about individuals felt a little long winded and repetitive. It does stand out in having a consistent theme of first throughout al those included in the book.
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"She Changed the World" is a nonfiction resource that helps teach children about high-achieving women.  The book is a well-researched collection of mini-biographies. Young girls and boys will both benefit to read about the contributions this group of women have made to society.
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I have blogged on a number of books that can inspire children to reach for their dreams. What makes this one special is that each woman featured speaks directly to the reader in her own voice . The scope of the book is broad; for example there are entries by Hillary Clinton, Sheryl Sandberg, Ava DuVernay, Shonda Rhimes, Serena Williams and Gabby Douglas. among others. As you can see the book features contemporary women in politics, business, government service, television and sport, along with other career choices. Each entry includes photos in addition to the text. The book also has a time line of women's history beginning in 1920 when the 19th amendment was passed. This book deserves a spot in school libraries and on the shelves of girls who want to think about their possibilities in life and plan for their futures.
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The book captures short essays from women who achieved “first” achievements in their field. I really enjoyed reading this book which captures a list of accomplished women from recent times. While there have been other works on women in science or from history, this is the first book I have seen of women with more recent achievements. The book has 1 to 3 pages on each woman that includes a short writeup by the woman and a short biography. Every essay provide very interesting nuggets on the challenges they faced and advise for the next generation. 

I have only a minor complaint about the book. It included fairly detailed biographies for the more well known women ( e.g., Hilary Clinton, Sheryl Sandberg). A lot has already been written about these women so devoting an extra page to them seemed unnecessary. I would have really loved to see more about the lives of the other women who are maybe less well-known. Also, while I appreciate the effort to keep it “in their own words”, some of the descriptions from the famous women could use some editing for readability and coherence. 

Overall the book is an easy read and provides a valuable addition to inspire next-generation girls and women! I would definitely love to see more books of this kind! 

I received a free ecopy from NetGalley to provide an honest review.

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I really did not find this enjoyable. Many of the people highlighted I did not feel were very "world changing" women. Yet, there are many obvious ones that the author did not include. Subjective and very one sided.
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This is the book I would have wanted growing up. These women not only make changes in society, they are the fundamental part of inspiration. 
Every base is covered; religious, media, politics, sporting and technological. From the obvious, to the up and coming there’s a woman within these pages for each and every child to be inspired and encouraged.
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