Written by: Eve Lloyd Knight
Illustrated by: Louise Kay Stewart
For ages: Second grade and above
Topics Covered: Feminism, Activism, Women’s Suffrage, Independent Thought, Global Community, Historic Figures, Historic Narratives.
Summary: This book covers the global struggle for women’s suffrage. Broken down by country, these summaries are accompanied by powerful illustrations of activists and women from these countries. South Africa (along with several other countries) have separate pages dedicated to when white women and women of color were granted the legislative victory of voting rights.
The book honors the power of women and activism. Written from a perspective of the voices who struggled and lived in the resistance, each country has a specific activist that is profiled and what she did with others to bring about large scale social change. Having the book paired in such a way that both uplifts singular activists in conjunction with acknowledging the group struggle is written by the deft hand of Eve Lloyd Knight. The words are inspiring, empowering, and leave the reader ready to kick down a door and fight The Patriarchy. In the back included is a timeline of suffrage movements globally.
- Which activist inspired you the most?
- How do you think they decided to get involved in activism, and specifically the suffrage movement?
- How can you carry on the legacy of activism and work on behalf of your community for equality and the liberation of marginalized populations?
Continuing the Conversation:
- While women can now vote, regardless of race or ethnic background, things are still not equal. What things can be done in the community you live in to help equity and inclusion of marginalized populations?
- Look up voting regulations, and learn about how sometimes they are used to keep some populations from voting. Some of these legal restrictions, known as red lining and gerrymandering (among others) are still being used today. How can we contact our local governing bodies and let them know these are unfair and racist practices?
About the Author & the Illustrator:
Eve Lloyd Knight is an Illustrator and artist living in Margate. She loves colour, texture and her work celebrates culture, woman and equality.
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.