Great Women Leaders

Great Women Leaders


By Heather Ball


Self-made women of distinction take their place on the world stage, many in positions of leadership.

Great Women Leaders profile a fine selection of trailblazers, both past and present, including Roberta Jamieson, Chief of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory; Golda Meir, first female prime minister of Israel (and third in the world); Marie Therese Casgrain, first woman to head a political party in Quebec (CCF Party, which later became the NDP); Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man, an act of defiance that sparked the American civil rights movement; and Wanagari Maathai of Kenya, who founded successful grassroots movements on issues of the environment and sustainable development and went on to become the first woman in central or eastern Africa to hold a PhD and head a university department, as well as serve as a member of parliament.

A Women's Hall of Fame Series Book

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About the Author

Heather Ball is a professional writer and editor. She has written three other books in the Women’s Hall of Fame Series: Astonishing Women Artists, Remarkable Women Writers and Magnificent Women in Music. She lives and works in Toronto.

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Product Information

  • Release: April 1, 2004

  • $10.95 Paperback

  • 100 Pages

  • 6 x 9

  • Children’s Nonfiction

  • Ages 9-13 / Grades 4-8

  • ISBN: 9781896764818


  • Character Education
    > Strong Female Role Models

  • Language Arts
    > Biography

  • History & Social Studies
    > Global Cultures
    > Government & Citizenship
    > Social Justice

Awards for Great Women Leaders

  • Named one of the Amelia Bloomer Project's 2005 Best Feminist Books for Young Readers - American Library Association

Praise for Great Women Leaders

"Ball writes with enthusiasm and interest and makes each life real and appealing for both elementary and secondary students." - Professionally Speaking (The Magazine of the Ontario College of Teachers)

"For ages nine to 13, but should prove fascinating to women of any age."- Burnaby NOW

"An excellent reference for women's studies courses and a support for world history investigations." - Resource Links

"The book continues the series' work of filling in the gaps of traditional history with the stories of influential women." - Quill & Quire