JASMINE STIRLING at Books Inc. Chestnut

Author image of Jasmine Stirling and cover photo of her book Dare to Question

Local author Jasmine Stirling visits Books Inc. Chestnut for a meet & greet, celebrating her new picture book Dare to Questions! 

Jasmine A. Stirling, author of A Most Clever Girl: How Jane Austen Discovered Her Voice, delivers a powerful, poetic picture book biography about suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt, perfect for fans of I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark and the Rebel Girls series.

As a child, Carrie Chapman Catt asked a lot of questions:   How many stars are in the sky? Do germs have personalities? And why can't Mama vote? Catt's curiosity led her to college, to a career in journalism, and finally to becoming the president of The National American Woman Suffrage Association. Catt knew the movement needed a change--and she set to work mobilizing women (and men) across the nation to dare to question a woman's right to vote.

On August 18, 1920, Catt pinned a yellow rose to her dress and waited while lawmakers in Tennessee cast their deciding votes to ratify the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. After a seventy-year campaign, had women finally won the right to vote?

Stirling's suspenseful retelling of the dramatic final "yea" that changed the history of women's rights brings the past to life for young readers.


"This concise, insightful account allows readers to focus on the salient points of Catt's work and should inspire them to follow suit and support causes they are passionate about . . . . A captivating, respectful portrait of a dynamic American woman who made history." -- Kirkus Reviews

"For readers in search of envelope-pushing role models, Carrie Chapman Catt is hard to top, as Stirling demonstrates in this admiring tribute to a woman who led the final charge to the Nineteenth Amendment." -- Booklist, Starred Review


Jasmine A. Stirling is a proud voter and advocate for women's rights. She is also the award-winning author of A Most Clever Girl: How Jane Austen Discovered Her Voice. Jasmine lives in San Francisco with her spouse, two daughters, and their dog. Visit her at jasmineastirling.com.

Event date: 
Saturday, September 9, 2023 - 11:00am
Event address: 
Books Inc. in the Marina
2251 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
Dare to Question: Carrie Chapman Catt's Voice for the Vote By Jasmine A. Stirling, Udayana Lugo (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jasmine A. Stirling, Udayana Lugo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781454934578
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Please allow up to 48-hours for Curbside Pickup orders to be processed.
Published: Union Square Kids - July 11th, 2023