No Steps Behind: Beate Sirota Gordon’s Battle for Women’s Rights in Japan

2020 Winner – Children’s Literature

No Steps Behind:Beate Sirota Gordon’s Battle for Women’s Rights in Japan by Jeff Gottesfeld, Illustrated by Shiella Witanto (Creston Books)

Beate Sirota came to Japan as a young girl, learning its language, customs, and traditions. She loved her adopted country. When an extraordinary convergence of circumstances gave her the chance, she dared to do the unthinkable — write a clause for the new national constitution guaranteeing women equal rights.








Other Awards: 

  • National Jewish Book Award Finalist
  • Junior Library Guild Selection