May 21, 2018

Kirsten Gillibrand is publishing a book about suffragists for kids; probably some adults should read it, too


Kirsten Gillibrand, New York’s Democratic junior senator and a potential contender for the 2020 presidential election, has announced that she’ll be writing a children’s book with the stories of ten leaders who fought for women’s right to vote. In a USA Today exclusive, Caroline Tanner writes that Bold and Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote will be out in November from Random House Children’s Books.

The book will feature the stories of ten different women who contributed to the suffragist movement over seventy years: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Jovita Idár, Alice Paul, Inez Milholland, Ida B. Wells, Lucy Burns, and Mary Church Terrell.

Gillibrand says the inspiration for the book came from the women in her life, including her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. In a statement she writes, “The lessons of these incredible women leaders are ones of perseverance and determination and a willingness to never give up, especially when it’s really hard. Our history teaches us that each new generation builds on the last, and I hope this book will inspire young readers to be bold and brave in dreaming big and never giving up.”

The book, illustrated by Israeli-born Maira Kalman, is aimed at kids between six and nine — perhaps the perfect age for exposure to ideas about equality, history, and strong leadership.

Known for her feminism and her outspokenness, particularly against sexual assault, Gillibrand is a natural choice for a book about women who spoke out to help change the world. She’s been in Washington representing New York since 2009, after two years representing the Albany area in the House of Representatives. With a third of Senate, she is up for re-election this year.

The hundredth anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, isn’t until 2020, but it’s never too early to celebrate the women who helped this country take a giant step forward.



Stephanie DeLuca is the director of publicity at Melville House.