NEW YORK, N.Y. — Inspired by her participation in the 2017 Women’s March, one woman made it her mission to advance equal rights through children’s literature.
January 21, 2017 was an important day for many. Around the world, millions marched for equal rights. Adena Raub Dershowitz, a Clarks Summit native, attended the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., along with an estimated 400,000 to 500,000 other marchers.
The day after the march, she returned to her home in Queens and explained to her twins, who were infants at the time, where she had been the day before. Knowing that her children were then too young to understand, she had a realization. By translating what transpired at the Women’s March into child-friendly language, she could help make an impact on equal rights activism for years to come.
Over the course of the next year, she wrote, edited and rewrote. She hired an illustrator, Heather Workman, from Michigan, and they developed a 21st century partnership, collaborating completely online.
In February 2018, Raub Dershowitz released “Women Who March” on Amazon.com, and it quickly became the #1 New Release in the category of Children’s Books: American History.
Each month, the royalties from the sale of “Women Who March” will be donated to a different organization or candidate committed to advancing equal rights.
“My hope is that ‘Women Who March’ will spark conversations between children and the adults who read to them,” the author said in a news release. “The issues that fueled the Women’s March are not simple, and children may have strong feelings about them. This book is an entry point to help children start discussions about their feelings, and it is encouragement for children to change the world for the better – to inspire young activists to use their own talents to make a difference.”
Raub Dershowitz grew up in Clarks Summit and graduated from Abington Heights High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and a master’s in education from Harvard University. She first marched on Washington in 2004 during The March for Women’s Lives, and she is a vocal advocate for equal rights. She currently resides in Astoria, New York with her husband and two children. “Women Who March” is her first book.
“Women Who March” can be found on Amazon.com. The shortcut to the book is bit.ly/womenwhomarch. Bookstores and libraries can purchase “Women Who March” through Ingram.