Courageous Women Rebels

Courageous Women Rebels


By Joy Crysdale 


Women who rocked the world for freedom, justice, and equality

Ten biographies of women reformers from around the world who have made a difference in the realms of politics, social equality, disability, and women’s rights. The biographies move us from the work of abolitionist Sojourner Truth and women such as South Africa’s anti-apartheid activist Ruth First to America’s feminist leader Gloria Steinem. Also included are Michelle Douglas, a campaigner for lesbian and gay rights, and Temple Grandin, advocate for the rights of animals and a woman who has revolutionized the way the world looks at people with autism. 

Canadians included are Leilani Muir, whose groundbreaking case against the Alberta Government led to redress for hundreds of Canadians who had been sterilized while in institutions, and Shannen Koostachin, a young woman from the Cree community of Attawapiskat who fought for the right of all children to have equal access to adequate schools. The collection of biographies is rounded out with the stories of France’s Olympe de Gouges, India’s Sarojini Naidu, and American anti-war activist Joan Baez.

A Women's Hall of Fame Series Book

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About the Author

Joy Crysdale is an educator, an award-winning journalist, and the author of Fearless Female Journalists, named to the Amelia Bloomer Project's list of Best Feminist Books for Young Readers. She is a professor of journalism at Humber College in Toronto.

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Product Information

  • Release: April 15, 2013

  • $10.95 Paperback

  • 128 Pages

  • 6 x 9

  • Juvenile Fiction

  • Ages 9-13 / Grades 6-8

  • ISBN: 9781926920993


  • Character Education
    > Prejudice & Tolerance
    > Strong Female Role Models

  • Language Arts
    > Biography

  • History & Social Studies
    > Social Justice


Author Joy Crysdale reads from Courageous Women Rebels for the Red Cedar Awards gala.

Awards for Courageous Women Rebels

  • 2014/15 Red Cedar Book Award Finalist (B.C.'s Young Readers' Choice Award)

  • Nominated for the 2014 Amelia Bloomer List of Best Feminist Books, The American Library Association

  • Bank Street College Children's Book Committee's "Best Children's Books of the Year" 2014 - for ages 9-12

  • One of Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens

Praise for Courageous Women Rebels

"Courageous Women Rebels, like its sister books, is the perfect size to take along to the cabin for a rainy-day read or on an airplane as an alternative to in-flight movies. At a reasonable $10.95, it should find its way into many a school, public, or personal library collection. As the book’s introduction suggests, the biographies may inspire readers to set their own shining examples of how people can make a difference.… Highly Recommended." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Ten women history to current times are profiled with engaging text and facts that are ideal for accomplished readers and students looking for a challenge and to expand their thinking. Part of the amazing Women’s Hall of Fame Series, this book provides an excellent chance for readers in Grade 6 and up to see that courage to stand up to bullies takes many forms." - Feeding Change

"(A)n inspiring look at the lives of a handful of historical, as well as a few modern, women who possessed the strength of character to stand up against social norms and practices that they firmly believed were unjust, harmful, or immoral."- Resource Links

"This well-written book highlights the lives of 10 women activists… The message throughout the book is the same: All these women fought bravely for change, and some of them put their lives in jeopardy to pursue their goals." -  ETFO Voice (Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario)