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Ten very different disabled women, from neurosurgeon Dr. Karin Muraszko to environmental activist Greta Thunberg, who are making a difference in the world.

Around the world, people living with disabilities face barriers in the built environment, in employment and education, and in social attitudes and policies that can make it hard to live a full and satisfying life.

The ten women we meet in this book face physical and mental health challenges, some from birth and some who became disabled later in life. But they all share the determination to make the world a better place, not just for themselves but for those who will come after them. Their fields are as diverse as elite sport, neurosurgery, architecture, and environmental activism, and while some have devoted themselves to disability policy, others prefer to lead by example. In either case they have proved themselves to be unstoppable.

Learn about:

  • Bonnie Sherr Klein, Canadian filmmaker

  • Christa Couture, Canadian singer-songwriter

  • Greta Thunberg, Swedish environmental activist

  • Haben Girma, American lawyer

  • Karen Braitmayer, American architect

  • Dr. Karin Muraszko, American neurosurgeon

  • Malavika Iyer, Indian education and accessibility advocate

  • Maysoon Zayid, Palestinian-American stand-up comic

  • Zhang Haidi, Chinese rehab and accessible sports advocate

  • Yetnebersh Nigussie, Ethiopian lawyer and social activist


 Helen Wolfe’s forty-year career has spanned across education, publishing, and social work. She has written over thirty teachers’ guides for books, as well as for a documentary about blind adults. Her first non-fiction chapter book for young readers is Terrific Women Teachers. Helen also has a lifelong physical disability, which requires her to use crutches, a wheelchair, and a scooter. In writing Unstoppable, Helen has instilled her empathy, life experiences, and insights about being a person with a disability.

Karen Patkau graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours degree, and became interested in visual storytelling while studying for her Master of Visual Arts degree at the University of Alberta. She has been writing and illustrating for many years. Her work appears in children’s picture books, educational publications, posters, advertisements, magazines, package designs, greeting cards and art exhibitions. Karen also has a life-long disability and walks with a prosthetic leg. Karen lives in Toronto.

 "An eclectic, accessible, and upbeat introduction to accomplished disabled women."-- "Kirkus Reviews"

"These brief biographies, insightfully presented by an author with a physical disability herself, may motivate readers to do further research on these inspiring women." - Booklist

“Unstoppable: Women with Disabilities is an inspirational showcase of female role models, highly recommended for both school and public library children's collections.” - Children’s Bookwatch (Midwest Book Review)

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