Mary Walker Wears the Pants

The True Story of the Doctor, Reformer, and Civil War Hero

Mary Edwards Walker was unconventional for her time: She was one of the first women doctors in the country, she was a suffragist, and she wore pants! And when the Civil War struck, she took to the battlefields in a modified Union uniform as a commissioned doctor. For her service she became the only woman ever to earn the Medal of Honor. This picture book biography tells the story of a remarkable woman who challenged traditional roles and lived life on her own terms

  • 32 Pages
  • 8" x 10"
  • 9780807549902
  • March 2013

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  • Molinari’s images are richly colored and drawn in an old-fashioned but very compatible style…this is a welcome window into an important American life.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • The child-friendly text, peppered with colorful quotes and descriptions, works both as a read-aloud and a read alone to bring this little-known heroine to life.

    - School Library Journal

  • This biography of Walker, a little-known women’s rights advocate, presents a smart portrait of an unconventional woman.

    - The New York Times

  • In detailed prose, Harness describes Walker caring for the war wounded, being captured as a suspected spy…and eventually receiving a Medal of Honor.

    - Publishers Weekly

  • Readers will be carried along by the story of Mary’s bravery and her constancy in thinking of herself despite mockery and ridicule.

    - Booklist

  • What a great combination of social issues in one volume…It is a great story for students and a wonderful instructional resource for teachers.

    - Library Media Connection

Awards & Accolades

  • 2014 Amelia Bloomer list


    Common Core

    RL.3-5.1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10


    • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
    • ATOS Level: 5.50