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Gr 5 Up-Abigail Adams's admonishment to her husband to "remember the ladies" is the guiding principle for this volume. After a foreword by Madeleine Albright, the authors highlight more than 900 women who have impacted American history. Using a chronology that begins in 1587, noting the birth of Virginia Dare, the pages are filled with colorful illustrations, drawings, and historical photographs that underscore women's achievements up to 2011. The final entry is for surfer Bethany Hamilton. Some of the women will be well known to readers but others, such as Edith Clarke, who was one of the first three women fellows of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, will not, thus making the volume most enlightening. Scientists, authors, politicians, actors, athletes, and military officers are included, as are many "firsts," including Margaret Petherbridge Farrar, who was the first woman to produce a crossword puzzle book. The fascinating entries go on and on, and readers will find themselves saying, "I didn't know a woman did that." Lavishly illustrated pages, an absorbing selection of subjects, and a helpful professions index make this a great volume for browsing or for general interest.-Patricia Ann Owens, Illinois Eastern Community Collegesα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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For more than twenty-five years, Charlotte S. Waisman, PhD, has advocated for women as a professor, political activist, keynote speaker, and expert witness. She has co-authored several books, and is director of human resources for the Women’s Vision Foundation.



Author, speaker, and electrical engineer Jill S. Tietjen, PE, is one of the nation’s top historians on scientific and technical women. She is the CEO of Technically Speaking, a national consulting company specializing in improving technological career opportunities for women and girls.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; First Edition edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061246514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061246517
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 10.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,253,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jean E. Pouliot on June 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
Honoring over 420 years of signal achievements by American Women

If the purpose of "Her Story" was to impress the reader with the enormous number of talented and courageous women who have often passed unnoticed in American history, the authors have succeeded remarkably well. Each of the book's 220+ pages is crammed with 10 or more vignettes describing remarkable women who have changed history, whether we knew it or not. The books is laid out in chronological order, starting in 1587with the settling of Roanoke Island by Virginia Dare, among others and stretching to 2007, with the naming of Drew Gilpin Faust to the presidency of Harvard..

This is not a book about the wives and mothers of famous men, though such can be found here as well. The women in the book have each achieved some lasting fame on their own. Dolly Madison is included for saving paintings from a burning White House, not for being First Lady. The same goes for Jackie Kennedy, who is lauded for her efforts to highlight the place of the arts. There are many lesser-known women to celebrate as well. One surprise was to learn that the person behind the Apgar test given to newborns was Dr. Virginia Apgar. Women are positioned chronologically at the pinnacle of their careers, whether at the time of a great achievement or when their achievements were recognized. Nearly every one of the 2000+ descriptions here are accompanied by photographs or paintings made at the time of he women's work. The women included are artists and entrepreneurs, athletes and aesthetes, scientists and executives, cooks and advocates.

Criticisms? By necessity, the descriptions are very short, reducing a woman's life to one or two peak achievements. The progressive side of the ledger is also heavily represented.
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So many women! So little space! The strength and weakness of this book: hundreds of women listed--many unknown to the average citizen--who made a difference in this country. And, unfortunately, that large number of women and the timeline format limits how much information can be provided. This is a jumping off point to find out more about the women whose stories pique your interest. Yes, it's a good "coffee table" book, designed to be dipped in leisurely. It's also an eye-opening revelation about the contributions women have made to this country.
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This was fabulous!! So many women "heroes" I'd never known about. I have placed this book on the coffee table of our summer cottage so that all our guests/renters can learn from it as well. Beautiful collection of some incredible women.
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This book is filled with many great stories and pictures of women who have contributed so much to our country and so very often have not received the praise they should. This is an excellent gift for a young women starting her professional life.
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This is a superior resource book for people of any age to begin to look at women's contributions to United States history. Nine hundred women are listed on a timeline with a picture of a woman or an artifact that represents the woman or event. It is a beautiful book. The authors have thoughtfully provided both an alphabetical index and an index by profession. An excellent book for a gift for girls and boys and any adult who has an interest in history. There is a very nice f oreword by Madeleine Albright. It is well worth the very reasonable price.
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Photographs and accurate, relevant, and interesting information! My seventh and eighth graders loved choosing their own American woman in history to research from this book. One of the best I've read in a long time! The newest as well!
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I bought this book for every woman in my family, regardless of age, and continue to buy it for others. What a glorious informative synopsis, with images for each woman included in the Timeline! It is a beautiful and informative introduction to so many accomplishments by women in the United States, and heaven knows we can use the publicity. Lack of a good self-image and self-confidence plague women in this country, This book is a testament to the courage, intelligence, and power of women throughout history. It is a book you can glance through and get a fact about a woman you never knew and it just may lead you to do some further research into the life of a fascinating and world-changing woman. The timeline format and wonderful images are priceless. Thank you to the authors for putting together this wonderful Timeline for all of humankind to read. Bonnie Schriner
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The book arrived soon after I ordered it and is in perfect condition and was about half the price I was about to pay for at the Museum shop where I first saw it. It occurred to me that I should try Amazon when I returned home and I am very pleased with the product and the seller.
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