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Rebel Voices

The Global Fight for Women's Equality and the Right to Vote

Illustrated by Eve Lloyd Knight
Published by Crocodile Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

A timely, beautiful and bold compendium of women around the world who said “time’s up” on inequality. Rule Breakers. Risk Takers. Rebel Women. Law Makers. This book is a celebration of women standing up, speaking out, and sticking together to battle inequality and win the vote. In January 2017, more than 3 million women around the world marched, demanding their voices be heard and their rights defended. Rebel Voices is a book about historical events, but truly for our times. It features the brave campaigners who fought for women’s right to vote. Discover that it was never illegal for women to vote in Ecuador, or how 40,000 Russian women marched through St. Petersburg demanding their rights. Find out how one Canadian woman changed opinions with a play, and Kuwaiti women protested via text message. And learn that women climbed mountains, walked a lion through the streets of Paris, and starved themselves, all in the name of having a voice. Tracing its history from New Zealand at the end of the 19th century, follow this empowering movement as it spread from Oceania to Europe and the Americas, then Africa and Asia up to the present day. Meet the women who rioted, rallied and refused to give up. Stunningly illustrated by Eve Lloyd Knight, this book celebrates the women who refused to behave, rebelling against convention to give women everywhere a voice. If you loved Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World, or Women in Science then you'll love this! Rule Breakers. Risk Takers. Rebel Women. Law Makers. This book is a celebration of women standing up, speaking out, and sticking together to battle inequality and win the vote. In January 2017, more than 3 million women around the world marched, demanding their voices be heard and their rights defended. Rebel Voices is a book about historical events, but truly for our times. It features the brave campaigners who fought for women’s right to vote. Discover that it was never illegal for women to vote in Ecuador, or how 40,000 Russian women marched through St. Petersburg demanding their rights. Find out how one Canadian woman changed opinions with a play, and Kuwaiti women protested via text message. And learn that women climbed mountains, walked a lion through the streets of Paris, and starved themselves, all in the name of having a voice. Tracing its history from New Zealand at the end of the 19th century, follow this empowering movement as it spread from Oceania to Europe and the Americas, then Africa and Asia up to the present day. Meet the women who rioted, rallied and refused to give up. Stunningly illustrated by Eve Lloyd Knight, this book celebrates the women who refused to behave, rebelling against convention to give women everywhere a voice. If you loved Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World, or Women in Science then you'll love this!

About The Author

Louise Kay Stewart studied women’s writing at university and did a Masters degree in Women and Literature. She co-founded Aurora, a magazine featuring creative writing and illustrations by women. She then became an author, and has written more than 200 books for young people on a wide variety of subjects.

About The Illustrator

Eve Lloyd Knight is an illustrator, designer and, art director whose work has been featured in the New York Times, Grazia, Stylist, and many others. Her previous work, Rebel Voice: The Global Fight for Women’s Equality and the Right to Vote (Interlink 2018) received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. Eve produces bold and topical illustrations, with a specific focus on feminist and queer rights issues.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Crocodile Books (October 2, 2018)
  • Length: 48 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781623719647
  • Grades: 6 - 9
  • Ages: 6 - 9

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Raves and Reviews

"History's suffragists were anything but timid, Knight and Stewart declare in this vividly written and powerfully illustrated volume. The collaborators chronologically present the slow progression of women's suffrage worldwide, beginning with New Zealand in 1893 and ending with Saudi Arabia in 2015. Each spread focuses on a woman, group of women, or organization that was pivotal to the suffrage fight in a given nation. Stewart captures the grit and determination of the women through stormy backgrounds, stark design elements, and vehement facial expressions. Activist and actress Kimura Komako has red lips and eyes that reflect the Japanese flag's red disc; another spread shows Marguerite Durand with a sweeping cape and a pink-tinged lioness (she strolled through Paris with the cat to promote suffrage). The portraits call to mind sorceresses or other fairy tale figures, but through clear, evocative descriptions and useful timelines, Knight emphasizes that these heroines were and are very real. Ages 9??up.?? Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Stewart explores the women and movements that paved the way for the right to vote in about 22 countries. From Australia to the UK to South Africa, the stories are grippingly told in a snapshot style couple with gorgeous illustrations. Each vignette's artwork expands on the emotional content to each tale; here, Knight's Matilde Hidalgo de Procel is a young girl , when her fire for fairness was ignited; reflections in broken glass captures the riots and lengths women in the UK went to. Stewart makes note of when women of color were left out of the initial voting rights reforms. A time line of when countries granted women the right to vote caps off the end of the stories for handy reference for how change was inspired and enacted. VERDICT A good purchase for YA nonfiction collections.

– School Library Journal

An emphasis on major players in the global spread of women's suffrage distinguishes this volume from others of its ilk. This chronology outlining the development and eventual success of women's suffrage movements is subdivided by headings such as ??The Trailblazers' and ??Women at War.' Each spread is dedicated to a country or region, and it features succinct paragraphs that establish historical context and describe the women who helped advance the franchise in their respective countries. Care has been taken to acknowledge instances in which women suffered violent retaliation for their activism or when intersectional conditions such as race and class resulted in the uneven distribution of voting rights. The highly stylized art in each spread employs a range of bright colors and textures that suggest either some natural landscape or culturally specific item(s) from each featured country. The text's recurring use of water metaphors (??waves of change,' etc.) echoes the endpapers, which feature a wave pattern in shades of blue overlaid with red check marks. The book itself begins with a colorful, undulating timeline that also serves as a table of contents, and it ends with a more detailed timeline and an index ' an engaging introduction for a broad audience to the movements and individuals who fought worldwide for women's right to vote. (Nonfiction. 8-adult)

Rebel Voices is a beautifully illustrated summary of the history of women's suffrage around the world. It's sifted through the details of women's struggles and picked out some of the most arresting, impactful examples of heroism and dedication. It's wonderful. It would make a fabulous gift for any girl you know and a copy should be in every school library.

– Bookbag

The gorgeous, graphic novel looks at 100-odd years of women's suffrage across the world through a series of dark, moody illustrations and brief text.

An inspiring, but at times sobering, read that's beautifully designed.

Revealing and powerful, this is an excellent history.

– Parents in Touch

It's an easy-to-follow walk through history with beautiful illustrations.

A glorious-on-the-eye history of women's suffrage ... Gorgeous, sumptuous non-fiction for children.

– Letterbox Library

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