Madam President: The Extraordinary, True (and Evolving) Story of Women in Politics
Madam President: The Extraordinary, True (and Evolving) Story of Women in Politics
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Annotation: Presents brief profiles of politically influential women from American history and several leaders of other countries.
Genre: Government
Catalog Number: #4676728
Format: Paperback
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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 2004
Edition Date: 2004
Illustrator: Jones, Douglas B.,
Pages: 80 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-618-97143-2
ISBN 13: 978-0-618-97143-5
Dewey: 320
LCCN: 2004001053
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Delightful and informative in equal parts, Thimmesh's collective biography profiles women who took up the fight for women's political rights. A story about a girl who is ridiculed for wanting to be president frames the introduction to the many women who have cleared the path that will eventually lead to a female president. Divided into groups such as suffragettes, First Ladies, and politicians in the U.S and around the world, the profiles include Edith Wilson, Jeanette Rankin, Margaret Chase Smith, Frances Perkins, Nancy Pelosi, and Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Ceylon (Sri Lanka). The one- to two-page profiles are incisively written, highlighted by a quote, and illustrated with a wonderful, telling picture of each woman (e.g., Margaret Thatcher dressed in armor). In fact, it is Jones' pencil artwork, colored using Photoshop, which makes the book so enticing. With a hint of Robert McClosky's style yet still utterly modern, the illustrations personalize both the long list of women who have stepped up as well as the girl who is inspired by their stories. A time line and source notes are appended.
Horn Book
Concise profiles of dynamic first ladies (Eleanor Roosevelt; Hillary Clinton), pioneering feminists (Susan B. Anthony), and world leaders (Margaret Thatcher; Benazir Bhutto) are accompanied by color illustrations that don't always bear much resemblance to the subject. A framing device in which others try to dissuade a young girl with presidential aspirations ("Well, maybe you could marry a president...") seems silly and dated. Timeline. Bib., ind.
Kirkus Reviews
With uncommon brio, Thimmesh traces the course of women in the modern international political arena, profiling with even-handed admiration pivotal figures, from Susan B. Anthony to Condoleezza Rice and Benazir Bhutto, who have left, or are leaving, "a lasting footprint—whether it be pointy-toed and spike-heeled or rubber-soled and loosely laced—on the very bedrock of America" and the world. Jones debuts with a gallery of freely drawn, but recognizable portraits, alternating with a running subplot involving a circle of adults and children in exaggerated, theatrical poses unsuccessfully trying to persuade a child to give up her stubborn determination to become president of the US. Capped with a timeline, and a stunning mosaic of the White House made from thousands of microscopically tiny photos of girls and women, this natural follow-up to Lynne Cheney's more populous but US-focused A Is For Abigail (2003) offers a spectacular mix of entertainment, information, and inspiration. (source list, index) (Nonfiction. 9-11)
School Library Journal
Gr 47 Originally published in 2004, this revised edition features a new cover and updated information on Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and Condoleezza Rice, with entries on the time line representing their recent milestones. As in the earlier version, a girl and her friends discuss the possibilities of her presidential aspirations, providing a clever backdrop to 23 brief biographies of First Ladies, congresswomen, world leaders, and other significant women in politics. The entries are lively and informative, and each one includes at least one well-chosen quotation from the featured figure. Entertaining pencil drawings, colored with Photoshop, shift deftly from humorous scenes of the girl and her friend to more stately depictions of the women, maintaining a distinctly entertaining style throughout. All other text and illustrations are unchanged, except for the revised American ranking "regarding women in worldwide governing bodies." "At last count, sixty-eighth. A drop of sixteen spots since 2004." Clearly that statistic won't discourage the young presidential hopeful, who seems more determined than ever after hearing about the successful women who have paved the way. Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 78-79) and index.
Word Count: 7,026
Reading Level: 8.3
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 8.3 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 84102 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:6.5 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q37864
Lexile: 1150L

Catherine Thimmesh's inspiring look at the role of women in American politics--past, present, and future--is now available with updated sections on Hillary Rodham Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, and Nancy Pelosi. From the time our government was being formed, women have fought their way from behind the scenes to the center of power and decision making. So, why not a woman in the White House? Two thousand eight may be the year!

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