A Woman in the House (and Senate)

A Woman in the House (and Senate)

How Women Came to the United States Congress, Broke Down Barriers, and Changed the Country

Book - 2014
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For the first 128 years of our country's history, not a single woman served in the Senate or House of Representatives. All of that changed, however, in November 1916, when Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress--even before the Nineteenth Amendment gave women across the U.S. the right to vote. Beginning with the women's suffrage movement and going all the way through the results of the 2012 election, Ilene Cooper deftly covers more than a century of U.S. history in order to highlight the influential and diverse group of female leaders who opened doors for women in politics as well as the nation as a whole.
Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2014.
ISBN: 9781419710360
1419710362
Characteristics: 134 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm

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Author of the Month Ilene Cooper

Can you guess how many women were members of Congress for the first 128 years the United States was a country? Not one! It was not until 1917 that a woman was elected to the House of Representatives. Do you know how many serve today? A Woman in the House (and Senate), the latest from March's Author of the Month Ilene Cooper, takes an in-depth look at the history of women in politics, from … (more)

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Celebrate Women's History Month and get to know March's Author of the Month, Ilene Cooper, as she talks about the inspiration behind her latest book, A Woman in the House (and Senate), how she got her start in writing and her love of books. Where did you get your idea for this book? I have always been interested in government and politics. But when I was growing up there were hardly any wo… (more)


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From Jeannette Rankin to Carol Moseley Braun to Hillary Clinton and on into the future, Cooper explores the important and growing role of women in leading our country.

Finalist, Children's Nonfiction, 2015 Society of Midland Authors Award


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