Votes for women!

Title: Suffragette: The Battle for Equality

Author and Illustrator: David Roberts

Source: Walker Books for review


2018 marks a century since the first women won the vote in the United Kingdom, and Suffragette tells the story of their fight. This is a tale of astounding bravery, ingenuity, and strength. 

David’s conversational style is accessible and his artwork full of rich detail, bringing to life the many vivid characters of the Suffragette movement – from the militant activist Rosa May Billinghurst to the world-famous Emmeline Pankhurst. Covering the whole range of suffragette experiences – from aristocrats to the middle and working classes, as well as a look at the global struggle for universal suffrage, Suffragette is a fantastic introduction to a fascinating topic.


I am writing this review on an important day for us here in Canada – Election Day!

I’m grateful for the brave women and men who fought for my right to have a voice and get out and vote.

Suffragette is a fabulous resource chronicling the history of women getting the vote with a focus on Britain. There is some American and international information as well, but for the most part we follow the story of our friends across the pond.

The illustrations on each page are beautiful, each one could be a print and stand on its own! They mesh perfectly with the text to enhance the narrative and keep little ones’ attention. The “suffrajitsu” page is amazing.

There’s even spread with a song with sheet music, called The March of the Women!

I thought I knew a decent amount about the suffrage movement, but I learned a lot more from this book! It goes over the differences between suffragists and suffragettes, the origin of the word “suffragette,” the violence they used (I had no idea how much destruction of property happened!), and the war.

This is a lengthy book, but is broken up into easily digestible sections featuring different women and events. We’re reading one a night with my daughter and that’s been just perfect.

Suffragette would be a perfect homeschooling book for older kids and an awesome addition to any classroom or home library.

Now if you’re a fellow Canadian and haven’t done it yet… get out and vote!