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Children's Nonfiction Women

World Shakers

Inspiring Women Activists

by (author) Helen Wolfe

Second Story Press
Initial publish date
May 2023
Women, Social Activism & Volunteering, Social Activists
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    Publish Date
    May 2023
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    Publish Date
    May 2023
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


What does it take to change the world? Whether it was the rule that forced Muslim women athletes like Ibtihaj Muhammad to choose between competition and wearing hijab or Indigenous women like Mary Two-Axe Earley to lose their official Indigenous status when they married white men, these women fought against it. Sometimes, they used their voice, like disability rights activist Judy Heumann, and Alicia Garza, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter. Sometimes, they led by example, like the STEM-loving Afghan Dreamers. All of them had the courage to shake the world and make a path for other women to follow.

About the author

Helen Wolfe’s career spanned over forty years in publishing, social work and education. Her extensive teaching experience was in special education, history, English, guidance and English as a Second Language. For almost thirty years her work focussed on helping ESL adults to achieve their potential. Helen has also authored over thirty teacher’s guides to accompany books and a documentary for students for all levels and ages, with a particular focus on Holocaust literature and education. In 2011, Second Story Press published her first non-fiction chapter book for young readers entitled, “Terrific Women Teachers."


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Editorial Reviews

"Young girls seeking inspiring role models need look no further than Helen Wolfe’s World Shakers: Inspiring Women Activists.... With easy-to-read text and a picture of each of the women named, this is a book that will bring new determination for success to many mid-level readers."

Winnipeg Free Press

"A good choice for those looking for collective biographies that feature women not often covered in school curricula."

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