Fantastic books for boys and girls looking for excellent role models in history. Each chapter is about a different person, so it's easy to pick up and put down. Did you know Jackie Mitchell was such a good pitcher that she struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig? You will soon! — Krysta Piccoli
“Young women looking for inspiration will surely find it” (Booklist) in these profiles of forty-six movers and shakers who made their mark before they turned twenty.
This fun and inspiring collection of influential stories provides forty-six illustrated examples of strong, independent female role models, all of whom first impacted the world as teenagers or younger. Originally published in two volumes over a decade ago, this fully updated and expanded edition of Girls Who Rocked the World spans a variety of achievements, interests, and backgrounds, from Harriet Tubman and Coco Chanel to S.E. Hinton and Maya Lin—each with her own incredible story of how she created life-changing opportunities for herself and the world. Personal aspirations from today’s young women are interspersed throughout the book, which also includes profiles of teenagers who are rocking the world right now—girls like Winter Vinecki, the creator of the nonprofit organization Team Winter, and Jazmin Whitley, the youngest designer to show at L.A. Fashion Week. It’s never too soon to start making a difference, and these exhilarating examples of girl power in action make for ideal motivation.
About the Author
Michelle Roehm McCann has worked as a children’s book editor and art director for more than twenty years, as well as writing and compiling several award-winning children’s books of her own. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, two world-rocking kids, and their brilliant cats, Horace and Percy.
Amelie Welden started working on the first version of Girls Who Rocked the World as a college student in Portland, Oregon. More recently, she returned to her interest in writing and received an MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She currently teaches composition at the University of Michigan Dearborn and at Oakland University.
"Girls Who Rocked the World is full of inspiring stories about young women who demonstrate that people of all ages have the power to create change in the world." —Midori Goto, violinist, activist, and United Nations Messenger of Peace
"In an appealing, conversational style, McCann presents short biographies of young women from all over the world, from ancient to contemporary, who prove that youth need not prevent one making a difference....An inspiring, empowering compendium." — Kirkus Reviews