- Age Range: 12 and up
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Viking Juvenile; First Edition edition (June 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670854344
- ISBN-13: 978-0670854349
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Herstory: Women Who Changed the World Hardcover – June 1, 1995
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Did you know that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had an older sister who was another musical genius? Musicologists even speculate that some compositions attributed to Mozart were actually the work of his sister. Nannerl Mozart is just one example of how women and their accomplishments have been ignored or erased entirely from world history. This important book seeks to amend that gaping absence in history books and popular culture by acknowledging the countless women whose contributions have made a difference to modern society. Arranged chronologically, Herstory offers compelling biographies of 120 women from "The Dawn" (prehistory to 1750) to "Revolution to Revolution" (1750-1850) to "The Global Community" (1890 to the present). The famous, not-so-famous, and infamous are here, including Cleopatra, Sacajawea, Qui Jin, and Golda Meir. Showcasing women's achievements in the arts, politics, science, and medicine--and with an inspiring forward by Gloria Steinem--this book serves up a healthy portion of education, enlightenment, and enjoyment, and should be an essential reference for young women and young men alike. (Ages 11 and older) --Brangien Davis
From Publishers Weekly
Ranging from an ancient Egyptian ruler (Queen Hatshepsut) to a contemporary athlete (Billie Jean King), these highly readable thumbnail sketches cover areas from literature to politics, fashion to aviation, music to science. The 120 entries offer concise overviews of specific women's lives and accomplishments, with a thoughtful blend of professional and personal details. In addition to often-profiled figures (Susan B. Anthony, Eleanor Roosevelt), the collection also includes less well known but influential women like the seventh-century Chinese ruler Wu Chao and Vietnamese activist Nguyen Thi Binh. The team of nine women authors (including Ashby and Ohrn) employs a conversational tone that encourages leisurely browsing. Many selections are prefaced with a revealing excerpt from the subject's writings, and each is accompanied by a photograph or artistic likeness. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Each woman has some sort of illustration to accompany her biography. Some are photos, others are illustrations. The book contains several diagrams and charts. All illustrations are black and white.
Layout of type:
The type is organized in a single column, as a novel would traditionally be formatted. Each biography is preceded by large, bold fonts, which contains the subject of the biography. A quote from the woman introduces each entry and is set in italics. Illustrations contain captions in italics. There are several text boxes and sidebars throughout the book presenting information on topics related to the subject of the biography.
Seeking out the invisible woman by Gloria Steinem
Preface by Ruth Ashby
The dawn: Prehistory to 1750
From revolution to revolution: 1750-1850
The global community: 1890 to present
The introduction is written by Gloria Steinem. There are biographies for women of many nationalities and ethnicities, beginning with Queen Hatshepsut and ending with Rigoberta Menchu. The chronological organization allows readers to understand these women in the context of the time period in which each lived. There is a lengthy bibliography covering 4 pages. There is a list of contributors and acknowledgments. The index is organized geographically, alphabetically, and occupationally.
As a resource, this is a reliable reference. The bibliography shows the extent to which the author went to conduct her research. The book contains biographies for 120 richly varied and diverse women.