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!
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This competition is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, @CarmenHaselup.
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I love this book and hugely admire Emmeline Pankhurst and all of the suffragette movement who fought for women to have the right to vote
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In case there is ever a ‘More Fantastically Great Women’ book I’d like to mention Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani who, since she was a child, has campaigned for girls to receive education. When she was 14 she was shot in the face by the Taliban for going to school but she has continued to speak out to this day. She was co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and gave all the $500,000 award money to the creation of a secondary school for girls in Pakistan. A Fantastically Great (Young) Woman for sure.
All the women from the suffragettes inspire me…so brave and strong! ❤
I adore this book! I would love a copy to put in the Peacehaven Little Library and inspire all the kids in our community.
I would love a copy to share at school
I would just love to win a copy of this! I’m all about the mighty girl books!
There are many women who have done remarkable things and it would be difficult to pick just one. I admire the suffragettes and also the many women who took on “men’s jobs” in both world wars.
The teachers and head teachers I work with every day who run a school and inspire the next generation like a boss!
The mothers who work and provide for the family while being a wife, a daughter, a friend, a colleague, a sister, sometimes a dad as well if a single mum, and basically run the world like a boss!
The women who stand up and say – I’m a boss no matter what the world may try and throw at me!
You guys are my inspiration. I’m all three- so I guess I’m my own inspiration too!