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Women Who Changed the World

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Engaging intro to some great women; could use more depth.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn more about women who have impacted the world in a variety of areas.

Ease of Play

It's not always clear what kids should be doing in interactive scenes, but overall navigation is easy.

Violence

Cartoon of images of machine guns and of a school being bombed. App mentions one of the women getting shot and shows her in a hospital bed.

Sex
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Consumerism

A link to the publisher's other games is on the main page with an addition-based parent gate.

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What parents need to know

Women Who Changed the World tells the stories of more than seven women who have had an impact on science, social justice, the arts, and more. The stories can be intense (e.g., Malala Yousafzai being shot, Rosa Parks facing discrimination) but also inspirational. Although most of the text is read aloud, there's some reading required, and kids are asked to answer multiple-choice questions to progress through each tale. There's a scene where a small school is blown up and two men appear with machine guns. The main menu includes a link to the publisher's other games, which are blocked by an addition-based parent gate. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD shares animated mini-biographies of Marie Curie, Wangari Maathai, Rosa Parks, Frida Kahlo, Jane Goodall, Amelia Earhart, and Malala Yousafzai. There's also a section on female astronauts and women who worked with the space program. Each story has multiple-choice questions that ask kids to think about what happened next or why something happened the way it did. Along the way, there are also a few interactive elements like puzzles. The stories are simplified and give a basic overview of the obstacles faced by each of these women, as well as their contributions to the world.

Is it any good?

Kids and adults will likely find something of interest in this light introduction to some amazing women who have changed the world as we know it. The collection in Women Who Changed the World is diverse, recognizing women from different countries, of different ethnic backgrounds, with varying areas of expertise, and from a range of time periods. The biographies are short enough to remain interesting, but deep enough to provide a reasonable overview in most cases. There are perhaps a few moments that are too light for the intended age group. In the scene where Rosa Parks is arrested on the bus, for example, a tiny and cute police dog runs over and urinates on a bus wheel. There are also some words and concepts that kids may not understand, such as the Taliban. Some kids may be frustrated by the multiple-choice questions, which refer to material that hasn't yet been discussed. Despite these challenges, this serves as a solid introduction to some important, impressive people.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about standing up for what you believe in and the role models in Women Who Changed the World. Are there times when you have wanted to speak up against something you thought was wrong? Why did you choose to speak or not speak up? What happened as a result?

  • Why were there fewer women than men in science and engineering fields 100 or even 50 years ago? How and why do you think that has changed?

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