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Join NWHM and authors Karen M. Greenwald, Nancy Churnin and Songju Daemicke on Friday 10/1/2021 for a very special Brave Girls Book Launch!

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Calling all Brave Girls! Join the NWHM on Friday, October 1 from 12-1pm EDT for a very special Brave Girls Virtual Story Time Book Launch! Join authors Karen M. Greenwald (A Vote for Susanna, the First Woman Mayor), Songju Daemicke (Tu Youyou’s Discovery: Finding a Cure for Malaria), and Nancy Churnin (Dear Mr. Dickens) for the first book release event as each author reads excerpts from their brand-new children’s books. The readings will be followed by a Q&A with all of the authors!

The National Women’s History Museum strives to provide programs that are accessible to all visitors. For questions, or to request accommodations such as an ASL interpreter or captioning, please email history@womenshistory.org at least 7 days in advance of the program.

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A Vote for Susanna, the First Woman Mayor - In 1887 the state of Kansas gave women the right to vote in municipal elections. But some men in the city of Argonia, Kansas didn’t think women should have a say in choosing their next mayor, so they put a woman on the ballot—as a joke. That woman was Susanna Salter—and soon the men would find the joke was on them! Narrated by a grandmother who remembered what happened on that election day, this is the true story of a woman who stood up for her right to vote and accomplished so much more.

Tu Youyou's Discovery: Finding a Cure for Malaria - Tu Youyou had been interested in science and medicine since she was a child, so when malaria started infecting people all over the world in 1969, she went to work on finding a treatment. Trained as a medical researcher in college and healed by traditional medicine techniques when she was young, Tu Youyou experimented with natural Chinese remedies. The treatment she discovered, Artemisinin, saved millions of lives, earned her a Novel Prize, and is still used all over the world today.

Dear Mr. Dickens - In Eliza Davis’s day, Charles Dickens was the most celebrated living writer in England. But some of his books reflected a prejudice that was all too common at the time: prejudice against Jewish people. Eliza was Jewish, and her heart hurt to see a Jewish character in Oliver Twist portrayed as ugly and selfish. She wanted to speak out about how unfair that was, even if it meant speaking out against the great man himself. So she wrote a letter to Charles Dickens. What happened next is history.

About the Authors:

Karen M. Greenwald worked as a policy analyst for a presidential campaign, founded an internationally award-winning brand strategy boutique, and has written articles appearing in print, online, and in The Washington Post before turning to children's books. Karen belongs to SCBWI, 12x12, and co-founded #SunWriteFun—a popular NF summer contest that raises money for kidlit charities. Her debut picture book, A VOTE FOR SUSANNA, THE FIRST WOMAN MAYOR (Albert Whitman) launches in October 2021. It has been ranked on Amazon’s government kidlit Hot New Releases list since appearing for pre-order in February.

Songju Ma Daemicke, a former software engineer with Motorola, grew up in China and is an award-winning children’s book author. Her picture book Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant was a Best STEM book, the Winner of 2018 CALA Best Juvenile Literature, an Outstanding Science Trade book, a Notable-Social-Studies book, and a Mathical Honor Book. When she’s not writing, she loves attending to her flowers and vegetables in her garden, hiking, swimming, and shooting her next special photograph. Songju lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and their daughters. She invites you to visit her at www.songjumadaemicke.com

Nancy Churnin, a former theater critic and journalist, is the award-winning author of ten picture books about people who persevered to achieve their dreams and make the world a better place. Among her awards: a Junior Library Guild selection, Kirkus Star, multiple National Council for the Social Studies Notables, multiple Silver Eureka Awards, multiple inclusions on A Mighty Girl list, Sydney Taylor Notable, Towner Award nominee, Sakura Medal finalist, Notable Book for a Global Society, Anne Izard Storytellers Choice Award and the South Asia Book Award. DEAR MR. DICKENS and A QUEEN TO THE RESCUE, THE STORY OF Henrietta Szold, FOUNDER OF HADASSAH, will be out in October 2021. A native New Yorker, Nancy lives in North Texas with her family, which includes a dog named Dog and two cantankerous cats.


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The National Women’s History Museum educates, inspires, empowers, and shapes the future by integrating women's distinctive history into the culture and history of the United States. NWHM is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the diverse historic contributions of women, and integrating this rich heritage fully into our nation's history. NWHM is a 501(c)(3) organization. Learn more about us at www.womenshistory.org.

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