This 1998 book is reviewed by Rowan, age 14
33 Things Every Girl Should Know About Women’s History is a book written by many authors, all women, and compiled by Tonya Bolden. It details the history of feminism, from Abigail Adams, to Rosie the Riveter, to the Go-Go’s.
33 Things contains everything from mini-biographies of women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, to short stories about what it was like to be a woman in the Old West, to poetry about young women working in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. It discusses organizations founded and run by women, from The Heterodoxy, a place for women to express unorthodox ideas, to the Ninety-Nines, an organization of women pilots that held the first National Women’s Air Derby. It also discusses women’s culture, the evolution of women’s fashion over the centuries, famous girl groups, and women’s sports.
In all, this book was entertaining and educational. I learned a lot about women’s history. My favorite part of the book was the timeline near the back that detailed many major events in American women’s history. It helped me see how much time it has taken for women’s rights to be recognized. This book has made me more aware of what it means to be female, and proud of the great women who fought for our rights. I would recommend this book to all people who want to learn about feminism, but aren’t sure where to start.