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The Audacity by Melanie Crowder*****

A Russian Jewish immigrant named Clara Lemlich has come to New York City’s lower East side to better her life and her family’s while supporting them along the way. She is forced to go to work at garment stores and work for 7 days a week for 72 hours or more a week with only $4.00 worth of pay, where she learns about the appalling working conditions for girls and women of all ages. unlike any other girl she works alongside in the garment stores she doesn’t except anything less than what she’s been dealing with and the disrespect and treatment she’s being given. Clara decides to take a stand on a tireless fight for improvement for women rights in the workplace and so she takes a stand for all those who can’t speak out in fear of all that may happen in sake of there life. How far does Clara go for everyone’s independence and women’s rights, while handling her own? I loved this book personally because it showed me what anyone can do it motivated and driven to a direct purpose in life, although reading the book made me think could I ever imagine myself doing this at a young age instead of what was imagined of me to do in life.

Megan Hughes is in her third year as publications adviser at Park Hill South High School. She currently advises the View newsmagazine, South Paw yearbook and LitMag.