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Helaine Becker's An Equal Shot is a nonfiction picture book introduction to the history and importance of Title IX as civil rights legislature, featuring illustrations by Dow Phumiruk. You've likely heard of the law Title IX. It protects the equal rights of students, athletes, and professionals in America regardless of gender. But do you know about the women who fought to e Helaine Becker's An Equal Shot is a nonfiction picture book introduction to the history and importance of Title IX as civil rights legislature, featuring illustrations by Dow Phumiruk. You've likely heard of the law Title IX. It protects the equal rights of students, athletes, and professionals in America regardless of gender. But do you know about the women who fought to enact this new law? Here is the rousing account of how Title IX was shaped at the hands of brave politicians who took risks to secure women's dreams and their futures under the Constitution. From the creative team that brought you Counting on Katherine and told in simple, commanding prose, An Equal Shot celebrates the power of words to defend and unite vulnerable people. Christy Ottaviano Books


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Helaine Becker's An Equal Shot is a nonfiction picture book introduction to the history and importance of Title IX as civil rights legislature, featuring illustrations by Dow Phumiruk. You've likely heard of the law Title IX. It protects the equal rights of students, athletes, and professionals in America regardless of gender. But do you know about the women who fought to e Helaine Becker's An Equal Shot is a nonfiction picture book introduction to the history and importance of Title IX as civil rights legislature, featuring illustrations by Dow Phumiruk. You've likely heard of the law Title IX. It protects the equal rights of students, athletes, and professionals in America regardless of gender. But do you know about the women who fought to enact this new law? Here is the rousing account of how Title IX was shaped at the hands of brave politicians who took risks to secure women's dreams and their futures under the Constitution. From the creative team that brought you Counting on Katherine and told in simple, commanding prose, An Equal Shot celebrates the power of words to defend and unite vulnerable people. Christy Ottaviano Books

30 review for An Equal Shot: How the Law Title IX Changed America

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Great picture book about Title IX, the law requiring equal treatment of genders in federally funded program. The text is clear and understandable. The illustrations are interesting and go with the text and provide good information. More detailed information is in the back! I like this picture book very much!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jami Gigot

    A fabulous picture book that shows what an impact Title IX has had on making progress in gender equality. Important for both girls and boys to read!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Newman

    Another winner from Helaine Becker and Dow Phumiruk full of girl power! It's important for girls today to know that their freedoms were won because of the experiences of others. Although the text is spare, Phumiruk's illustrations include lots of details to pour over. A great book to add to your daughter's library. Another winner from Helaine Becker and Dow Phumiruk full of girl power! It's important for girls today to know that their freedoms were won because of the experiences of others. Although the text is spare, Phumiruk's illustrations include lots of details to pour over. A great book to add to your daughter's library.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Aolund

    A picture book introduction to the history and importance of Title IX which left a lot to be desired. The vast majority of people pictured in the illustrations were White or very light-skinned, and everyone was very thin. People of all sizes love doing sports and deserve to be included in the story of Title IX. Additionally, nowhere in the main text of the book are genders beyond binary cis genders mentioned. The back text includes the note, "Title IX has opened doors for girls and for those who A picture book introduction to the history and importance of Title IX which left a lot to be desired. The vast majority of people pictured in the illustrations were White or very light-skinned, and everyone was very thin. People of all sizes love doing sports and deserve to be included in the story of Title IX. Additionally, nowhere in the main text of the book are genders beyond binary cis genders mentioned. The back text includes the note, "Title IX has opened doors for girls and for those who identify as LGBTQ," but this acknowledgment of gender identities beyond cis ones, buried in the rest of the "LGBTQ" acronym really just shows how hard the text is trying to avoid talking about trans and non-binary genders. One of the pages in this book says "Today, no American can be held back from living out their dream because of their gender." While this is an important goal we should all strive for, it's just not true about America today, and feels disrespectful to the many transgender, gender non-conforming people, and women of color who are absolutely still held back from living out their dreams due to gender-based discriminations, or discriminations occurring at the intersection of race and gender.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alissa Tsaparikos

    I highly recommend this nonfiction picture book that explains the Law Title IX. The beginning of the books explains in very simple terms what it was and how it shaped America with positive change. The last few pages of the book go into more detail for more advanced readers, including the women and men who are the reason Title IX came to be as well as the progress and work that still needs to be done. I absolutely love that it recognizes the current issues and problems still very prevalent in our I highly recommend this nonfiction picture book that explains the Law Title IX. The beginning of the books explains in very simple terms what it was and how it shaped America with positive change. The last few pages of the book go into more detail for more advanced readers, including the women and men who are the reason Title IX came to be as well as the progress and work that still needs to be done. I absolutely love that it recognizes the current issues and problems still very prevalent in our society and government today. Too many children's books about American government suffer from rose colored glasses. Sometimes it is understandable, as things are being made accessible to younger students and it is hard to put in problematic things without it muddying the water and increasing the reading level. However, Becker does an amazing job of keeping it simple while also showing a true picture and empowering readers to continue to push for changes for the better. I highly recommend this book for all public and school libraries.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Margie

    There was a time in schools and colleges when girls and young women did not participate in varsity or intercollegiate sports. For most of us there was only the Girls Athletic Association and intermural athletics. In educational institutions, girls and young women were blatantly denied equality. In fact, there was a rise in feminism in the 1960s and 1970s as women on a larger scale sought equality in all aspects of their lives. Fortunately, opportunities for women have improved in the United Stat There was a time in schools and colleges when girls and young women did not participate in varsity or intercollegiate sports. For most of us there was only the Girls Athletic Association and intermural athletics. In educational institutions, girls and young women were blatantly denied equality. In fact, there was a rise in feminism in the 1960s and 1970s as women on a larger scale sought equality in all aspects of their lives. Fortunately, opportunities for women have improved in the United States of America. This is due to a law signed on June 23, 1972. An Equal Shot: How the Law Title IX Changed America (Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt and Company, February 23, 2021) written by Helaine Becker with illustrations by Dow Phumiruk chronicles the obstacles faced by girls and women and how this congressional legislation removed roadblocks based on gender. My full recommendation: https://librariansquest.blogspot.com/...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lorie Barber

    Thank you to MacKids for a copy of this MAGNIFICENT book. The stellar team that brought you COUNTING ON KATHERINE is back at it again, this time sharing the story and impact of Title IX. My two favorite part were the “less is more” text approach, with concise abs direct explanations of what can be a fairly complex topic, and the illustrations that elevate the text & tell a large part of the story. Don’t skip the backmatter: extensive and informative, it is organized beautifully so the reader can Thank you to MacKids for a copy of this MAGNIFICENT book. The stellar team that brought you COUNTING ON KATHERINE is back at it again, this time sharing the story and impact of Title IX. My two favorite part were the “less is more” text approach, with concise abs direct explanations of what can be a fairly complex topic, and the illustrations that elevate the text & tell a large part of the story. Don’t skip the backmatter: extensive and informative, it is organized beautifully so the reader can easily skim and find what they might be searching for. It includes mini-bios of the law’s 4 main architects (all women: Black, Asian-American, and 2 white,) progress made, and work that still needs to be done. A stellar edition to any library and one that I can’t wait to read aloud to my students.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    Kind of disappointing, honestly. The entire focus is on what the "thirty-seven words" that make up Title IX are and what they mean figuratively, rather than on how the law came to be, its struggles, and its impacts. There's little mention of the history of the law or the people who influenced it other than some brief back matter. And one sentence in the back matter claims that Title IX "opened doors for girls and for those who identify as LGBTQ" but does not expand on this claim or explain the m Kind of disappointing, honestly. The entire focus is on what the "thirty-seven words" that make up Title IX are and what they mean figuratively, rather than on how the law came to be, its struggles, and its impacts. There's little mention of the history of the law or the people who influenced it other than some brief back matter. And one sentence in the back matter claims that Title IX "opened doors for girls and for those who identify as LGBTQ" but does not expand on this claim or explain the many issues the LGBTQ community still face despite Title IX. It's fine for a very, very basic understanding Title IX (if all you want is the basic definition of the law for young children), but if you're looking for any more information than what it says on the surface, you'll need to look elsewhere.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Karen Yin

    What is Title IX, why do we need it, what has it accomplished, and what more needs to be done? Powerful in its simplicity, An Equal Shot answers these questions as it quietly champions the 37 words that changed the U.S. forever. The beautifully rendered illustrations bring this not-too-long-ago history to life, helping us imagine ourselves as the girls and women who faced seemingly insurmountable challenges in a culture steeped in systemic sexism. The back matter continues to illuminate by featu What is Title IX, why do we need it, what has it accomplished, and what more needs to be done? Powerful in its simplicity, An Equal Shot answers these questions as it quietly champions the 37 words that changed the U.S. forever. The beautifully rendered illustrations bring this not-too-long-ago history to life, helping us imagine ourselves as the girls and women who faced seemingly insurmountable challenges in a culture steeped in systemic sexism. The back matter continues to illuminate by featuring the four main women behind Title IX, including Patsy Mink, the first Asian American woman elected to Congress, and Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress. My favorite line: "Your words can change the world. What will they be?"

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    I worked as a congressional staffer when Patsy Mink was a member of Congress from Hawaii in the 1990s—and I had no idea she had been so instrumental to the passage of Title IX during her first tenure in Congress during the 1960s to 1970s. I am so grateful to her and the other individuals who added those important words that led to the prohibition of sex discrimination in education. This book, with its sparse but powerful words, does a masterful job of conveying just how important Title IX is and I worked as a congressional staffer when Patsy Mink was a member of Congress from Hawaii in the 1990s—and I had no idea she had been so instrumental to the passage of Title IX during her first tenure in Congress during the 1960s to 1970s. I am so grateful to her and the other individuals who added those important words that led to the prohibition of sex discrimination in education. This book, with its sparse but powerful words, does a masterful job of conveying just how important Title IX is and the tremendous impact it has had for both girls and boys, women and men. The illustrations carrying the theme of young women following the passage of Title IX and seeing its effects are tremendously moving, while the back matter adds to the educational richness of the book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Karla Valenti

    This is a brilliant account of how Title IX changed America and the lives of countless girls, women, boys, and men. Helaine Becker and Dow Phumiruk expertly outline the facts that led to enactment of this law in a way that is informative and easily accessible , while also being engaging and - most importantly - directly relevant to young readers. The back matter includes extensive details and information about key players who made this law possible, as well as additional information about the la This is a brilliant account of how Title IX changed America and the lives of countless girls, women, boys, and men. Helaine Becker and Dow Phumiruk expertly outline the facts that led to enactment of this law in a way that is informative and easily accessible , while also being engaging and - most importantly - directly relevant to young readers. The back matter includes extensive details and information about key players who made this law possible, as well as additional information about the law actually accomplished and what we have yet to do. An important read for anyone (young or old) and an excellent addition to all schools and libraries.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn Aronson

    A wonderful book that manages to communicate the importance of Title IX through a concise and accessible text. Young readers will understand how a history of gender discrimination in America was forever changed by the passing of this law in 1972. An important read for both girls and boys in the championing of social justice, with the powerful reminder at the end that words can be used to right injustices and to change the world for the better. Helpful back matter details the four women responsib A wonderful book that manages to communicate the importance of Title IX through a concise and accessible text. Young readers will understand how a history of gender discrimination in America was forever changed by the passing of this law in 1972. An important read for both girls and boys in the championing of social justice, with the powerful reminder at the end that words can be used to right injustices and to change the world for the better. Helpful back matter details the four women responsible for bringing this law into being.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Julie Abery

    I love the spare language in this book! In fact, I feel the sparse language really allows the book to speak for itself and shine! Excellent! An Equal Shot does exactly what the title says, it explains how the Law Title IX changed America in a clear and concise way. Back matter explains the impact the law had on many girls/women's lives in more detail. Wonderful book for classrooms, libraries, and homes. I love the spare language in this book! In fact, I feel the sparse language really allows the book to speak for itself and shine! Excellent! An Equal Shot does exactly what the title says, it explains how the Law Title IX changed America in a clear and concise way. Back matter explains the impact the law had on many girls/women's lives in more detail. Wonderful book for classrooms, libraries, and homes.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Andersen

    An Equal Shot by Helaine Becker and Dow Phumiruk is a powerful book with an important message. The language is sparse and impactful. The illustrations are detailed, give perspective, and will make the reader want to linger on each page. This book will spark important conversations and should be prominently displayed on every classroom bookshelf!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stef Wade

    With simple, informative text and beautiful illustrations, this is a great book to teach about how America has changed and what Title IX has done for the people of our country. I love how the illustrations show the girls looking back in time at the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and show the broad range of possibilities that exist. I also love the short biographies in the back!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    Reads very clearly, if simply, and the backmatter provides much needed context, further explanation, and additional reading. The illustrations belie the racial inequality within feminist movements past and present.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Marcia

    An excellent introduction to this important law and the impact it had on women.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emily Myhren

    Could use a bit more depth.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Susan Rose

    Excellent and informative book to remind girls where we came from and how we need to never go back. History is critical. Girls need to remember so that they don't have to go through this again. Excellent and informative book to remind girls where we came from and how we need to never go back. History is critical. Girls need to remember so that they don't have to go through this again.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    EARC provided by Mackids This addressed a topic of which I knew next to nothing. It will make a great addition to class and school libraries

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    I received an electronic ARC from MacMillan Children's Publishing Group. An informative book about Title IX and how it changed lives. Becker brings readers along the journey starting with why it was important and finishing with where we are now. The illustrations offer so many details and examples of why this was needed and how we peacefully work to create a difference. The information text at the end offers further data and provides resources to learn more. It also makes readers aware that maint I received an electronic ARC from MacMillan Children's Publishing Group. An informative book about Title IX and how it changed lives. Becker brings readers along the journey starting with why it was important and finishing with where we are now. The illustrations offer so many details and examples of why this was needed and how we peacefully work to create a difference. The information text at the end offers further data and provides resources to learn more. It also makes readers aware that maintaining rights and responsibilities is an ongoing need.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Nickel

    With its opening salvo of "It takes just three words to say, 'It isn't far,'" An Equal Shot packs a punch that only justice and equality can carry off. It combines spare text and elegant illustration to tell the story of Title IX and the power of its 37 words. "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." Ev With its opening salvo of "It takes just three words to say, 'It isn't far,'" An Equal Shot packs a punch that only justice and equality can carry off. It combines spare text and elegant illustration to tell the story of Title IX and the power of its 37 words. "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." Even more than this, An Equal Shot encourages children--all of us, really--to use words to change the world. It does this through a beautiful combination of text by Helaine Becker and illustrations by Dow Phumiruk. It is both moving and empowering.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Bedia

    Empowering! This brilliant picture book highlights the importance of Title IX and the immense impact it had on the lives of women and girls. Helaine Becker’s ingenious sparse text paired with Dow Phumiruk’s distinct and astute illustrations invite the reader to linger on page after page through the development of Title IX, the important people behind the legislation, and the lasting impact it has on all individuals. The extensive back matter provides additional learning opportunities and ways th Empowering! This brilliant picture book highlights the importance of Title IX and the immense impact it had on the lives of women and girls. Helaine Becker’s ingenious sparse text paired with Dow Phumiruk’s distinct and astute illustrations invite the reader to linger on page after page through the development of Title IX, the important people behind the legislation, and the lasting impact it has on all individuals. The extensive back matter provides additional learning opportunities and ways that Title IX continues to work toward equality today. A wonderful book for schools, homes, and libraries.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Reeves

  25. 5 out of 5

    Katy Punch

  26. 4 out of 5

    Angela

  27. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kerri Hall

  29. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Vallejos

  30. 4 out of 5

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