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Here is the story of extraordinary leader Alice Paul, from the woman suffrage movement - the long struggle for votes for women - to the "second wave," when women demanded full equality with men. Paul made a significant impact on both. She reignited the sleepy suffrage moment with dramatic demonstrations and provocative banners. After women won the vote in 1920, Paul wrote the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) , which would make all the laws that discriminated against women unconstitutional. Passage of the ERA became the rallying cry of a new movement of young women in the 1960s and '70s. Paul saw another chance to advance women's rights when the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 began moving through Congress. She set in motion the "sex amendment," which remains a crucial legal tool for helping women fight discrimination in the workplace.

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Deborah Kops

Deborah Kops has written more than twenty nonfiction books for children and young adults. Her most recent title is Alice Paul and the Fight for Women's Rights: From the Vote to the Equal Rights Amendment (Calkins Creek, 2017) .
Kops has been in love with words - writing, reading, and listening to them - for as long as she can remember. When she was a child, her mother read her fairytales and her father told her stories. After she learned to read, Nancy Drew books became an early favorite. When she was in fourth grade, a wonderful teacher, Mrs. Silvers, set aside plenty of time for creative writing. Kops wrote long, dramatic stories, often with tragic endings.
As an adult, Kops discovered that she enjoyed doing research as much as she liked writing. Now she writes books on subjects she wants to learn more about herself, from The Great Molasses Flood: Boston, 1919 (Charlesbridge, 2012) to the story of Alice Paul, one of the great feminist leaders of the twentieth century.

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