She Represents

44 Women Who Are Changing Politics . . . and the World

  • Interest Level: Grade 8 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Whichever side of the political aisle you lean toward, it can seem like the only people in power are white men. But the balance is beginning to tip. Women are being elected at record rates and government is beginning to more accurately reflect the people it represents.

Read these profiles of forty-four women in leadership from both sides of the US political spectrum and from around the world to learn about their paths to power, their achievements and missteps, and their lasting legacies. Their stories teach us about the segments of society they represent through both their biographies and their actions in voting and policy decisions.

This book will show you what the road to power looks like for women in modern times. By showing up and representing women in the decisions that make or break a country, these leaders pave the way for future female politicians. Draw inspiration from these groundbreaking women to make a difference in your own world.In a complicated political era when the United States feels divided, this book celebrates feminism and female contributions to politics, activism, and communities. Each of the forty-four women profiled in this illustrated book has demonstrated her capabilities and strengths in political and community leadership and activism, both in the United States and around the world. Written in an approachable, journalistic tone and rounded out by beautiful color portraits, history, key political processes, terminology, and thought-provoking quotes, this book will inspire and encourage women everywhere to enact change in their own communities and to pursue opportunities in public affairs.

Women profiled include:

  • Stacey Abrams
  • Jacinda Ardern
  • Elaine Chao
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Tatiana Clouthier
  • Susan Collins
  • Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto
  • Sharice Davids
  • Wendy Davis
  • Leila de Lima Betsy
  • DeVos María
  • Elena Durazo
  • Dianne Feinstein
  • Marielle Franco
  • Kirsten Gillibrand
  • Deb Haaland
  • Nikki Haley
  • Sarah Hanson‑Young
  • Kamala Harris
  • Mazie Hirono
  • Katrín Jakobsdóttir
  • Pramila Jayapal
  • Andrea Jenkins
  • Amy Klobuchar
  • Barbara Lee
  • Mia Love
  • Sanna Marin
  • Martha McSally
  • Angela Merkel
  • Lisa Murkowski
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
  • Ilhan Omar
  • Sarah Palin
  • Nancy Pelosi
  • Danica Roem
  • Jeanne Shaheen
  • Elise Stefanik
  • Rashida Tlaib
  • Camila Vallejo Dowling
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Maxine Waters
  • Gretchen Whitmer
  • Sahle-Work Zewde

“A timely introduction for budding feminists.”—Booklist

“[T]his richly diverse and well-sourced work is conversational and lively. . . . A must-have title.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Interest Level Grade 8 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Browseable Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Feminism, Diverse Books: Immigration & Refugees, Diverse Books: LGBTQIA+, Diverse Books: #MeToo, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity, SEL: C Social Awareness, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Zest Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 216
Publication Date 2020-09-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS YAN006140, YAN006070, YAN006120
Dewey 320.082/0973
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1240
Features Bibliography/further reading, Original artwork, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, and Table of contents

Author: Caitlin Donohue

Caitlin Donohue is a San Francisco-raised, Mexico City-based bilingual culture journalist, radio producer, and drug educator. She's written about cannabis culture and politics for 12 years, and Weed is her second book for young adults.

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“A timely introduction for budding feminists.”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“[H]ighlights a variety of prominent, international women leaders who have made major political and social contributions to their countries. . . . [E]specially useful for school projects or for those interested in politics. Recommended for purchase.”—School Library Journal

Marke Bieschke

“[A] terrific introduction to how the world today is being shaped by womens’ voices, and how far we still have to go to achieve global equity in this regard. This 360-degree look at the influence and ideologies of these leaders will also inspire many young women—and others as well—to bravely fly a banner of their own.” — Marke Bieschke, author of YA titles Into the Streets: A Young Person’s Visual History of Protest in the United States and Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens

Mennlay Golokeh Aggrey

She Represents is a refreshing and timely examination of women and femmes in the political arena. Donohue’s book will galvanize young people to become interested in the political process.” — Mennlay Golokeh Aggrey, Mexico City cannabis activist and author of The Art of Weed Butter

Nastia Voynovskaya

“Donohue gets real about the connections and privilege in each woman’s rise to power while also celebrating self-made successes and gains in the fight for equality.”—Nastia Voynovskaya, associate editor at San Francisco’s KQED Arts & Culture

Kirkus Reviews

“[T]his richly diverse and well-sourced work is conversational and lively. . . . A must-have title.”—Kirkus Reviews