A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
A historical compendium of women who may not have made history books, many of these women changed the way we understand the world we live in, beginning with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, whose idea this book was. From a matriarch of the Old Testament who was a judge and military leader, to a founding mother of the NAACP, to a biophysicist who helped discover the structure of DNA, there are glass-breaking Jewish women leaders from all disciplines to learn about in this book.
Be civil -- don't let anger or envy get in the way. Be independent and capable of earning your own living. Shy people can speak up. If you have a calling, go for it, regardless of the obstacles in your way. Follow your vision. Educate yourself. Speak out. Stand up for what's right. Help other people. Don't worry if people disagree with you, if you are true to yourself, you can't go wrong. Doing good things may go unnoticed, but the effect these good deeds have is undeniable. There are role models who've been unsung, but they're there. Family is important to the well-being of society. Break the barriers of discrimination to fight for a better future.
Positive Role Models
There are 34 women in this book who can be viewed as role models. Poets, politicians, doctors, organizers, lawyers, judges, media moguls, and feminists. Women in this book broke barriers and stood for their beliefs, despite discrimination against their gender and their ethnicity.
The women in this book are of Jewish heritage, which makes them a White minority. They come from different class backgrounds, from different parts of the world -- some are from the Middle East, others from Portugal and Spain, some from Europe, and others were born in the United States. Some of these women were recognized for their contributions when they were young, others when they were older, and some were killed in concentration camps like Auschwitz.
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Violence & Scariness
Some violence, but no gore. Mention of women from biblical times who refused to kill Jewish babies in Egypt when that order was decreed. A community health worker found a student lying in bed, drenched in blood -- this situation inspired her to establish the first public nursing system in the United States.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that RBG's Brave and Brilliant Women: 33 Jewish Women to Inspire Everyone is a historical nonfiction book that focuses on Jewish women who were role models to now-deceased U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As the title suggests, these women are of Jewish descent, some of whom practiced religion, and some of whom did not. Jewish religous traditions such as holidays and life events are mentioned, and matriarchs from the Old Testament are told that they obeyed "God's command." Religous belief doesn't always come into play among these women, though the discrimination they experienced because of their Jewish heritage was common throughout history.
Is It Any Good?
Fascinating in its breadth and depth, this historical picture book explores the contributions of known and unknown Jewish female heroes. RBG's Brave and Brilliant Women: 33 Jewish Women to Inspire Everyone, begins in ancient times with a prophet and matriarch from the Old Testament and spans the ages to mention the first Jewish female astronaut. History books have overlooked many of these women whose acheivements shaped the world as we know it -- including groundbreaking social activists, mathemeticians, musicians, and physicists whose influence were left out of history books. But RBG remembered, and she pushed to have these stories told.
The women in this book are Jewish, and those not familiar with Jewish customs might get their first taste of traditions in this book. But the themes of perseverance, courage, and breaking barriers is universal. It's an accomplished woman's list of her own role models, those who faced similar obstacles and discrimination as she did. She drew from their strength, and thought them inportant enough to pass on their accomplishments, as told in this book, as part of her legacy.
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