Tuesday, July 28, 2020

"She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World", PBS Race & Div...

"Sometimes being a girl isn't easy.  At some point, someone probably will tell you no, will tell you to be quiet and may even tell you your dreams are impossible.  Don't listen to them.  These thirteen American women certainly did not take no for an answer.  THEY PERSISTED."

(Book 7 of 13). The Morgan County Partnership's Positive Action SEL and Wellness Program presents "She Persisted; 13 American Women Who Changed the World" written by Chelsea Clinton and illustrated by Alexandra Boiger.
From PBS, "This book features 13 women throughout history and today who persevered in the face of adversity. It encourages your child to keep striving for your dreams and to speak up.

“[My granddaughter] likes this book because it taught her to follow her dreams.” -Lorraine, Grandmother of 8-year-oldComing up next: "My Hair is a Garden" words and illustrations by Cozbi A. Cabreera"

"Throughout U.S. history, there have always been women who have spoken out for what's right, even when they have to fight to be heard. In early 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren's refusal to be silenced in the Senate inspired a spontaneous celebration of women who persevered in the face of adversity. This book celebrates thirteen American women who helped shape our country through their tenacity, sometimes through speaking out, sometimes by staying seated, sometimes by captivating an audience. They all certainly persisted. This book features: Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Clara Lemlich, Nellie Bly, Virginia Apgar, Maria Tallchief, Claudette Colvin, Ruby Bridges,
Margaret Chase Smith, Sally Ride, Florence Griffith Joyner, Oprah Winfrey and Sonia Sotomayor." (from:

* What is the book's message?
* What does persistence meant to you? Who do you know who is persistent, and how do you know?
* Have. you ever had to be persistent about something? What happend?
* What was one woman who you eschpeially related to and why?

Who is a woman from WV you have heard of that "persisted"? For example, Katherine Creola Katherine Johnson was an American mathematician whose calculations of orbital mechanics as a NASA employee were critical to the success of the first and subsequent U.S. crewed spaceflights. Did you know she was from WV?

Who is a woman in your community who you know that "persisted"? What did they do?

Who is a woman in your school you know that "persisted"? What did they do?

Finally, who is a woman in your home or family that "persisted"? How and why?

Now, go tell them thanks for doing the RIGHT thing, even though it was the HARD thing to do!

Your turn!

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