Girls: A History of Growing Up Female in America Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-09-15 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 6 user ratings

" Pretty long, but the details and story are what I'd hope for. " said.

" Easy text and great photos. Girls of all races, cultures and life styles are represented. Very interesting. Good resource for teachers as it tells stories of many wonderful girls who've slipped through the cracks of history. " said.

" A history of girls in America illustrated with excerpts from diaries, letters, photos, samplers, newspapers, ads and more from various periods. It includes stories and photos of girls of different races, economic backgrounds and more. Very interesting. " said.

" All I could see the first time I glanced through this was how ladyfolk are strange versions of homo sapiens, possibly bad. But if you just take that first huff...After I shut it, I thought to myself despairingly I seriously doubt there's a matching Boys: A History of Growing Up Male in America.Maybe later in the year I will try to read this again thoroughly. Maybe I won't see how alienating it is this time. " said.

"I found this book in the children's section (where, let's face it, I spend most of my library time these days) so the reading level is pretty easy, aimed maybe at middle schoolers. But it's a great overview of American women's history, filled with wonderful short passages from primary sources and interesting pictures. If you're like me and your reading gets interrupted a LOT, then this is a good pick because it's so easy to put down and pick up again without having to do much re-reading. It covers all the highlights of women's history from the colonial period through the 20th century." said.

"A fantastic read that belongs in every classroom. It covers the history of being a girl in America from the early days of European settlement and continues in a loosely chronological format up until today. This book uses authentic text and pictures to tell the story of girls from their eyes. Because it's more of an overview it'd be perfect for a starting point on deeper research or just to give students an idea of what life was like over the eras. It does a good job of respecting diversity as different ethnic groups, socioeconomic levels, and ages are represented. " said.

"This book was a Goodwill find, and I was curious to see how this young reader coffee-table style book tackled the history of growing up as a female in American history. I was anticipating a whitewashed, rosy depiction of American girlhood, discussing domestic issues and the different feminine toys and chores young girls were expected to do while glossing over the elephant in the room of sexism, discrimination, and systematic stereotyping of females into putting them in their place as housewives and domestics. However, I was pleasantly surprised that this author actually went to those places (in developmentally friendly terms) and addressed the ways in which women were kept from achieving at the same rates as men. She also did a nice job in discussing the inequities inherent in being a young girl from different ethnic backgrounds and the ways in which being of minority status and also being a female were different factors in being discriminated against. However, she made this a lighter topic and didn't delve into it, as I'm sure the author was not inclined to want to talk about these disquieting topics and also probably didn't want to face push back from the publishers. I enjoyed the different pictures of the girls and women that were included and their stories told using their own words. The chapters were neatly organized into the different historical eras, and the author did well to talk about the historical context in which these girls were living. I did appreciate that she spoke to the stories of women that were not otherwise disclosed in larger historical works and the bravery of these girls and women in working towards equality. I do think this is a nice book to give to young girls (and boys) in reading about the struggles of women in America. Of course, nothing is perfect, and reality is always much worse than wheat is written oftentimes, but it is a step in the right direction." said.

" This ten chapter informational book gives readers a view of life growing up female in America. The first chapter describes the role of gender throughout history. The second chapter explains how girls originally came to this country during colonization. The rest of the book chronicles girlhood through different time periods-colonial all the way to approaching the millennium. Penny Colman did an extensive amount of research for this text. She gathered information from advice books, magazines, official documents, paintings, advertisements, lyrics, novels, museums, libraries, and historical sites. She interviewed historians, read journals and letters of girls throughout history. Colman even used journals and letters of adults in order to understand the expectations parents had for their daughters.
Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of this book is the attention to diversity. Colman includes Native American girls in every chapter. She discusses general topics like hobbies, work ethic, and tribal expectations. She also writes personal stories of real Native American girls like Sarah Winnemucca who became a crusader for the rights of her people during the mid-nineteenth century. Coleman mixes general information about girlhood and personal stories of not only Native Americans but also colonial girls, slave girls, immigrants, pioneers, rich girls, middle class, and poor. Readers can truly get a sense of what life was like for the different culture and lifestyles during each historical time period. Colman even includes a list of further reading in the back of her book. This would be a great resource for teachers and students who want to find out more about girls in history. I can see this book being read cover to cover for pleasure. It could also be used as an amazing reference for a class studying a certain time period in history. As students are learning facts from a given time period, they could read personal accounts of real girls experiencing that time period. The personal accounts would really help students connect to history which can often feel so distant. As Colman points out, male accounts were often more documented in history. This book makes girls feel proud of their role in historical America. Appropriate for young adults.
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