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RULERS, REBELS (and What the Neighbors Thought)

"Well-behaved women rarely make history."
                --American historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Cast of Characters

Introduction Cleopatra Activities    Reviews  Trivia Quiz Activities

LIFE AT THE LIBRARY: CLEOPATRA
(69 BC-30 BC)
Queen of ancient Egypt, famous for glamorous love affairs, ambition, and political genius

ONE SHOCK AFTER ANOTHER: ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE
(1122-1204)
As Queen of France as well as England, Europe�s legendary central figure of the Middle Ages

A BLAZING LIGHT: JOAN OF ARC  More Links
(1412-1431)
French military heroine and the model of an inspiring leader

IN THE CHAPEL: ISABELLA I
(1451-1504)
Queen of Spain, who made her country a world power and leader in exploration

BEING OUTRAGEOUS: ELIZABETH I
(1533-1603)
Queen of England and one of the great rulers of the Western world

NO FEAR: NZINGHA
(1580-1663)
 West African Queen, ruler of present-day Angola, famous for resistance to slave-traders

EAGLE EYES: CATHERINE THE GREAT
(1729-1796)
Russian Empress for 34 years, during which Russia became a world power

DIAMONDS AND FEATHERS: MARIE ANTOINETTE
(1755-1793)
Queen of France for almost 20 years and a major catalyst for the French Revolution

SECRETLY AMUSING: VICTORIA
(1819-1901)
Queen of England for 64 years, the longest royal lifetime in history

MOVE OR DIE: HARRIET TUBMAN  More Links  Lesson Plans
(1820-1913)
American leader during the Civil War era, known as the queen of the Underground Railroad

BEHIND THE CURTAIN: TZU-HSI
(1835-1908)
Empress of China, ruler of one-third the world�s population during 47 years of great change

DUSTY FOR DAYS: GERTRUDE BELL
(1868-1926 )
British government official known as the "Uncrowned Queen of Iraq"

"NEXT TIME I'D BE NASTIER": JEANNETTE RANKIN  More Links
(1880-1973)
First woman elected to the U.S. Congress

LIGHTING A CANDLE: ELEANOR ROOSEVELT  More Links
(1884-1962)
Powerful American First Lady and one of the world�s foremost champions for human rights

STRONGMAN OR GRANNY?: GOLDA MEIR
(1898-1978)
Prime Minister of Israel and one of the country�s founders

TIGER AMONG MONKEYS: INDIRA GANDHI
(1917-1984)
Prime Minister of India, once one of the most popular leaders in the world

HAIR LIKE A HALO: EVA PERON
(1919-1952)
First Lady of Argentina and the most powerful woman in Latin America

DANCING ON THE ROOF: WILMA MANKILLER   Lesson Plan
(1945-  )
Longtime American Indian leader and Chief of the Cherokee Nation for ten years

A SPLINTER OF GLASS: AUNG SAN SUU KYI   Links
(1945-  )
Revolutionary leader in Burma (Myanmar), General Secretary of the National League for Democracy

WATER DRIPPING ON A ROCK: RIGOBERTA MENCHU
(1959-  )

Guatemalan leader who drew the world's attention to native Indian rights

All "Lives of" artwork copyright by Kathryn Hewitt.  Published by Harcourt, Inc. and reproduced with permission.  All rights reserved.

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