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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Iaso Books; First Edition edition (October 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979306191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979306198
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,623,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Butler and Bonnett encourage us to consider our worth and spend it wisely as powerful and empowered women. -- Martha Alderson, author, Blockbuster Plots Pure and Simple
Rosie's Daughters helps us understand the social contexts within which our stories have taken place. ... impressively conceived, vividly told. -- Susan Wittig Albert, best-selling author of the China Bayles mystery series
...a masterful job of weaving many voices into an easy to read text filled with "Aha!" moments. -- Beth Proudfoot, Dir., East of Eden Writers Conference


...you'll enjoy eavesdropping on the FW2 generation. -- The Story Circle Network Review, Karen Ryan reviewer

Butler and Bonnett encourage us to consider our worth and spend it wisely as powerful and empowered women. -- Martha Alderson, author of Blockbuster Plots Pure and Simple

Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett have given us a provocative personal history of our time. -- Christine L. Borgman, Professor & Presidential Chair in Information Studies, Univ. of California, Los Angeles

Rosie's Daughters helps us understand the social contexts within which our stories have taken place. ... impressively conceived, vividly told. -- Susan Wittig Albert, best-selling author of the China Bayles mystery series, founder of the Story Circle Network

a masterful job of weaving many voices into an easy to read text filled with "Aha!" moments. -- Beth Proudfoot, Director of the East of Eden Writers Conference

From the Publisher

Iaso Books is proud to present Rosie's Daughters, a tour de force showing the amazing changes that occurred in one generation. You will relate to the extraordinary timeline, the archival photographs, and the heartful personal stories that will inspire you and well as make you laugh and occasionally cry as you read the struggles and achievements of this remarkable generation of women who continue to influence our world. Learn from the lessons of their lives as you shape your future.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Karen Ryan on October 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
Rosie's Daughters is a delightful collection of stories written by and about the generation of women born during World War II (1940-45).
Psychologist Matilda Butler interviewed over 100 women from all over the country, and along with Kendra Bonnett, put her research into a collective memoir, placing personal stories within a cultural context. "In each story we find an individual; with a preponderance of stories we begin to see the patterns that define our generation."

Rosie's daughters were raised by the women who worked alongside the mythic Rosie the Riveter. They are known as the FW2 Generation for the sheer numbers of them who became the `First Woman To__. "They can claim more firsts in personal change, educational attainment, and career achievements than any previous generation"

The familiar face of Rosie herself graces the cover of this stylish book. A timeline runs along the bottom of each page beginning with 1940 in chapter 1 and ending with 2005. Each year lists some of the most memorable moments of the time highlighting women's achievements. Period black & white photographs pepper the pages like a well-worn family scrapbook. Famous FW2 women, like Linda Ellerbee and Cokie Roberts, share their words of wisdom in the margins for further reflection.
The core chapters of the book follow the chronology of a woman's life: Education, Marriage, Children, Work, Divorce, & Spiritual Lives.

Butler found herself changed by writing this book. "I may have started as a social scientist but I grew into a memoirist" She confirms what all of us who write our life stories come to realize. "Telling (or writing) one's life story is a transformative event. You will not be the same at the ending as you were at the beginning."

Whether you were born during WWII, or before, or are a Baby Boomer, like myself, you will enjoy eavesdropping on the FW2 generation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Roberts on October 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
Rosie's Daughters: The "First Women To" Generation Tells Its Story. Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett

Butler and Bonnett skillfully weave personal stories, history, and psychological knowledge and insight into this collective memoir of women born during World War II. Their premise is that, yes, individuals are shaped by the times in which they live, but females are additionally shaped by the females who preceded them. Consequently, as the title suggests, women who were born between 1940 and 1945--Rosie the Riveter's daughters--"claim more firsts in personal change, educational attainment, and career achievements than any previous generation of women of comparable size" (17).

Replete with photos, a running timeline, and sidebars by other famous Rosie's daughters, this book is engaging, readable, and insightful. It provides numerous "aha" moments about life and living. This is an important book. I give it two thumbs up and five stars!

Patricia Roberts, Hollis, NH
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Virginia W. Mcdonald on November 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
I just recently finished reading Rosie's Daughters and LOVED IT! I thought I might have some difficulty with the format as it is a little different than my accustomed reading, but I had no problem at all. In fact, it was great fun deciding how I would go at it and which part or section I would read first. I didn't really develop a pattern, but just did what felt best. The book is definitely a "page turner". Thank you for the amazing insight you have of our generation. The book certainly helped me figure out many things in my own life that I wouldn't have considered before reading this amazing book.
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