From the Set 21st Century Skills Library
What are women's rights? Don't all women have the same rights as men? What are the consequences of gender inequality? Find out more about the legal and cultural practices that foster inequality and start thinking about what you think should be done to confront the issue.
|Interest Level||Grade 4 - Grade 8|
|Reading Level||Grade 6|
|ATOS Reading Level||5.9|
|Guided Reading Level|
|Publisher||Cherry Lake Publishing|
|Available Formats||Reinforced book (9781602791336), PDF (9781602793637), ePub (9781631379512), Hosted ebook (9781602793637H), Kindle (9781631372407)|
|Number of Pages||32|
|Dimensions||7.5 x 9.5|
School Library Journal
Each book uses the context of an imaginary youth conference to bring together students from six or seven countries to talk about a cultural problem. Although the series title touts a “global” perspective, the texts are more “multi-viewpoint” than representative of the whole world. The uncluttered format includes straightforward, easy-to-read texts highlighted by full-color photographs depicting a variety of cultures. Poverty and Racism do the best jobs of presenting objective information. Racism discusses overt behavior as well as more subtle assumptions, such as lumping people together in groups without getting to know the individual. Although the students discuss various problems that women face in Women’s Rights, the viewpoint remains largely American in comparing the roles and expectations of women in other countries. The cultural and/or religious history of why some traditions are upheld is not explained. Loeb acknowledges educational methods from other countries. However, when discussing Native Americans, their physical abilities are emphasized over their intellectual ones, saying that the “Native Americans taught the explorers and colonists important hunting and survival techniques” and “Christian missionaries taught Native Americans new languages, new forms of art, and new customs.” These books would be useful for debates and class discussions when additional perspectives are needed.
— Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher’s School, Richmond, VA
Author: Judy Alter
Judy Alter is the author of numerous books for young readers, as well as novels for young adults and adults. Recent titles include Souvenirs from the Stars, John Barclay Armstrong: Texas Ranger, and MartÃn de Leon: Tejano Empresario. Alter has been director of a small university press for twenty years. She is the mother of four grown children and the grandmother of seven. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with her Australian shepherd, Scooby, and her cat, Wynona.
- One Story from Many Voices
- A World of Women
- Roadblocks to Women's Rights
- Fighting for Women's Rights
- Making a Difference
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- About the Author