“I knew just what to do and naturally – I’d be president!”
Goldie Takes a Stand: Golda Meir’s First Crusade written by Barbara Krasner and illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley fills a gap in childhood biographies of political leaders. There is no shortage of the biographies of the childhood adventures of male presidents and prime ministers foreshadowing their great deeds. It is nice to see an equally charming childhod biography of a woman leader.
Growing up in Milwaukee in the early 1900s, Goldie Mabowehz began her long political journey when she gathered her sister, friends and classmates to form the American Young Sisters Society. The organization had a philanthropic purpose (to raise money for textbooks for poor classmates), but also provided an opportunity for Goldie to lead – a role she relished. Her capers to raise money (including overcharging customers at her parents’ store) offer a window into formative experiences of one of the first female prime ministers in the world (Golda Meir for Israel, 1969-1974). Her take-charge attitude and self-assurance served her well as a nine-year-old and for years to come. This picture-book biography emphasizing teamwork, perseverance and philanthropy by a group of girls is a great title for Women’s History Month.
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