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Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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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 Paperback edition.
About the Author
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.
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Herstory is a must to be handed down especially in light of the failure of our schools to educate our youth about the contributions of the females of our society. This documentation of the contributions of 2000 American women from 1580 to 2008, many of whom have not been previously celebrated or recognized, should be part of the public education system because Women are the majority in our society and to date we have been marginalized and sexualized in the eyes of our youth. Our children need to see female role models such as those that actually helped build America .
Among the many things that make Herstory distinctive is the inclusion of hundreds of lesser-known women, including their photographs, from all walks of life that have broken barriers and created paths of noteworthy and inspiring achievement.
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