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***33 Things Every Girl Should Know About Women’s History

From Suffragettes to Skirt Lengths to the E. R. A.

edited by Tonya Bolden

Reviewed May 25, 2002.
Crown Publishers, 2002.  240 pages.

Judging by the title, I expected this book to include a boring list of facts.  I was delightfully surprised.  The book is presented with enchanting variety, including facts, but also poetry and even an eerie short story.

Now, I may not find the right to have an abortion to be an unmixed blessing.  However, I do strongly believe that I should be allowed to vote, to go to college, to own property, and to get paid as well as men who do the same work.  It’s rather amazing what a short while ago it was that women were not allowed to do any of those things.  It’s easy for those of us born into a more enlightened age to take such freedoms for granted.  This book taught me much about women’s history that I didn’t know before.

Let’s face it.  The history we were taught in school was written by men.  They have understandably different interests than women.  This book presents another side of the story, and does so in an interesting and enjoyable way.

Review of another book by Tonya Bolden:
How to Build a Museum
Strong Voices

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