Today is the anniversary of the Representation of the Peoples Act (1928) , which gave equal voting rights to men and women over the age of 21, getting rid of the restrictions from the 1918 Representation of Peoples Act which gave the right to vote to all certain women over the age of 30. As we know this was not achieved easily, and we owe a great debt to suffragettes for what they achieved and sacrificed for our freedom. One of the leading figures of this movement was Emmeline Pankhurt, who sadly died just before she could witness her achievement. Emmeline is one of the leading female figures celebrated in Kate Pankhurst’s Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World (Bloomsbury Children’s Books), a superb non-fiction picturebook which offers biographical information on thirteen inspiring women from all walks of life and how they changed the world by following their dreams and convictions, regardless of obstacles.
Highly accessible and wonderfully enticing, each double-spread focuses on one inspiring woman, offering an overview of her achievement which offers a great starting point for research. The design of the book is really spot on, with each double-spread having it own design and theme, such Emmeline Pankhurst’s newspaper-like double-spread:
Whether the book is used to find out about pioneering women as part of school research or just out of general interest, what comes through is their common passion for whatever they fought for and bravery, and a clear message that any girl or woman can do the same and change the world. It is a wonderful early years manifesto for women.
I am delighted that to celebrate the anniversary of the 1928 Representation of Peoples Act, I am able to give away one copy of Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World to give away to one lucky reader, thanks to the generosity of Bloomsbury Children’s Books! To be in with a chance of winning a copy simply leave a comment on this blog post. You can just say ‘hi’ or you can also share with us which great woman inspires you!
This competition is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, @CarmenHaselup.