Young But Powerful


“In that early time, when women were expected to take their opinions ready made from [men], this little Quaker lady was able to hold her own with the best of them.” -Anne Hollingsworth Wharton, American Writer and Historian, 1920

Long ago, women didn’t have equal rights as men. Men were considered superior to women. They couldn’t make their own decisions without a man’s opinion. One woman changed it all.

It was the year of 1714, when at age 16 Susanna Wright began her journey with her family from england to the Newly born American colonies in search of religious freedom. From a very young age, Suzy- called by her friends and family, showed leadership which helped her get the respect of Quaker Leaders. These relationships were key to her life because she wasn’t viewed as a typical colonial woman, who were meant to be good wives and mothers. As an unmarried woman she was able to become a political adviser, lawyer, activist, and a representative for the indians.

The book takes you throughout the settlement of the Quakers and how they adapted to their new Quaker this text is organized with visuals such as maps and photographs. Author Teri Kanefield also uses many historical sources to get a better understanding about Suzy Wright’s life. Suzy has been an inspiration to me. She has shown me that you can develop a leadership skill at a young age. This was a challenging read for me because of the high vocabulary. I thought it might be an easy read because of all the paintings, illustrations, and photographs. I would recommend this book for kids crazy about history. As for me, I am not as passionate about history like others may be. Although, I still believe Suzy Wright is an “extraordinary” role model for girls.