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The Van Buren Sisters vs. the Pants Police

A true story about two sisters, four wheels and hordes of angry fashion police! Addie and Gussie Van Buren were raised by their father to be confident, competitive and not much concerned with stuffy opinions about what women can and can’t do. So, when World War I broke out in Europe, the sisters believed women should be able to join the fight. To prove that women would make excellent battlefield messengers, they decided to drive their motorbikes across the country, dressed sensibly in leather coats and pants. Only, this was 1916, and women didn’t ride motorbikes. And women certainly did not wear pants! Despite being stopped repeatedly for wearing "men’s" clothing, the Van Buren sisters showed that "woman can, if she will"!

This irreverently told, inspiring story by J. F. Fox, part of the Head-to-Head History series, showcases one of the many battles in the history of the women’s movement. With plenty of fun back matter — including information about the descendants of the Van Buren sisters, who commemorate their accomplishments by re-creating the iconic ride with dozens of other women bikers — this will fascinate young readers who know that women can do whatever they dream of.

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Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author J. F. Fox
Illustrator Anna Kwan
ISBN 1525302485
Publication Date May 2, 2023
Publisher Kids Can Press
Series Name Head-to-Head History
Language English