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Stories of Women in the 1960s: Fighting for Freedom
Stories of Women in the 1960s: Fighting for Freedom
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Heinemann-Raintree Middle School Nonfiction

Stories of Women in the 1960s: Fighting for Freedom

In the 1960s, a woman’s place was seen as being in the home. She even found it hard to make a big purchase if a man wasn’t with her. African-American women faced racism daily and were given low-paid, exhausting jobs. It was time for women to stand up for equal rights and equal pay. These are the stories of four trailblazers who achieved amazing things in difficult circumstances: Betty Freidan protested at the Miss America pageant against judging women on appearance. Ella Baker helped organize Freedom Schools, where black history was taught for the first time. Barbara Castle was one of the few women members of Parliament and fought for equal pay. Mary Quant showed women they could dress for themselves and not men. Many of the rights women have today are down to their actions. They helped change society's image of women forever.

BrandHeinemann-Raintree Middle School Nonfiction
Age Level11-16 Years
Reading LevelGrades 6-11
Trim Size5 1/4 x 7 1/2
Page Count112



School Library Connection - Maggie Norris, LMS, Byron Nelson High School, Trophy Club (TX)

"...very valuable for ELL or lower level students. . . .these texts do provide a strong introduction to women’s history." - School Library Connection

February 1, 2016

Amelia Bloomer Project

"Through their accomplishments in political and social arenas, Betty Friedan, Ella Baker, Barbara Castle, and Mary Quant blazed paths and demonstrated new possibilities for American and British women." - Amelia Bloomer Project

June 9, 2015

Booklist Online - Carolyn Phelan

"A good collective biography for the women’s history shelf." - Booklist Online

March 10, 2015


Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

"The series profiles American and British women — such as Emmaline Pankhurst (Suffrage) and Betty Friedan (1960s) — who challenged their era’s social norms. Contextualized with period quotations, the readable volumes cover the suffrage movement, the fight for civil liberties, sexism in the workplace, and socioeconomic issues." - Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

November 22, 2016

Cath Senker

Cath Senker

Cath Senker has over twenty years' experience in children's educational publishing and has written around 100 books for children for a range of publishers. Her books include highly regarded titles on Anne Frank, the Black Death and the Vietnam War, books on religions and the conflict between North and South Korea, and forthcoming titles on Self-Harm and Relationships. She lives the green lifestyle and has undertaken voluntary work for a range of organizations.

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