If young girls get their hands, or their mothers force them to read, a children's book about Hillary Clinton, they might just walk away thinking no woman in history has ever been more important than this twice-failed presidential candidate.
Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead was written by Michelle Markel and is intended to reach a young audience between preschool and 3rd grade. Here’s how the book is described:
In the spirit of Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope and Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride comes an inspiring portrait of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the first female presidential nominee in United States history: a girl who fought to make a difference — and paved the way for women everywhere — from Michelle Markel and LeUyen Pham.
In the 1950s, it was a man’s world. Girls weren’t supposed to act smart, tough, or ambitious. Even though, deep inside, they may have felt that way. And then along came Hillary. Brave, brilliant, and unstoppable, she was out to change the world.
They said a woman couldn’t be a mother and a lawyer. Hillary was both. They said a woman shouldn’t be too strong or too smart. Hillary was fearlessly herself.
It didn’t matter what people said — she was born to lead.
Basically, this book suggests that Hillary founded the feminist movement and no woman before her ever accomplished as much. As an example, there is an illustration within its pages which shows many famous and influential men from the 1950s, including Elvis Presley, Albert Einstein, and Jackie Robinson. It reads:
“In the 1950s, it was a man’s world. Only boys could grow up to have powerful jobs. Only boys had no ceilings on their dreams. Girls weren’t supposed to act smart, tough, or ambitious. Even though, deep inside, they may have felt that way.
“But in the town of Park Ridge, Illinois, along came Hillary…”
Who went on to spectacularly lose two presidential elections, give new meaning to political corruption, defend her womanizing husband accused of raping several women, play a crucial role in the death of four Americans in Benghazi, and spend an entire year trying to figure out where it all went wrong. Of course, not that the book goes there, but here’s one person’s verified review of the book at Amazon:
I do not recommend this book.
It's not inspiring and lacks emotional connection. I can't figure out who the audience is supposed to be. Certainly not a 4 to 8 year old. Nothing about the language is relatable, special or appropriate. The text consists of a series of unexplained superficial fact statements using phrases and images you'd never use to teach a child about Hillary Clinton, sexism, public service or the world. It poorly raises questions for a young child/girl that you don't want to answer. What's a prestigious East Coast college Mommy? Are thick glasses and a sailor dress bad? What's a violent demonstration? What's the war in Vietnam? What's a top-notch law firm? Mommy, what's a threatening mob and a bulletproof vest? Get ready to explain abuse of young women and "the attack on September 11" to your 5- or 6-year-old. "Her speech was blacked out by the Chinese government." Mommy, why did Hillary know that reporters would make fun of her legs when she ran for president in 2007? By the way it ends before the second campaign and nomination. The one star is because no stars is not an option. I don't know what to do with it; I wouldn't even donate it to a library. My quotes don't convey how awful it is; read before you purchase. PS I am a professional mother and grandmother whose daughters were not allowed to be cheerleaders (my only rule), I write, I love good writing and I love Hillary.
Sadly, the book misses the chance to speak about many women who came before Hillary and accomplished great things in a man’s world, as noted by Daily Wire:
- Nobel Prize in Physics, 1903: Marie Curie
- Nobel prize in Literature, 1909: Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf
- Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1911: Marie Curie
- American women’s suffrage: 1920
- Nobel Peace Prize, 1931: Jane Addams
- Golda Meir, prime minister of Israel: 1969
- Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of England: 1979
But in the cult of Clinton, she is goddess, hear her roar.