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100 Most Important Women of the 20th Century Hardcover – October, 1998
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However, upon closer examination and further reading, a fundamental flaw present in this volume becomes obivious. Put simply, somehow it seems that some women in this book are simply not worthy of being named "most important." Before I go any further, I think it necessary to say that I understand that it's impossible to satisfy everyone when creating a book like this, but I still feel that selections could have been better. For example, why is Mary Quant included? I know that the mini skirt created quite a stir in the fashion world, but fashion is only so important. Sonja Heine? Revolutionizing the sport of figure skating is can hardly be considered a fundamental accomplishment of the century, at least by my book. Dorothy Parker? Maybe I'm missing something here, but when reading this book, it appeared that she basically drank, smoked, and told witty jokes. Madonna? I won't even go there.Read more ›
Still, the book introduces many women of the 20th century that readers would probably not have heard of before.
Some are these women one has read about; while others one has studied about in school. I think one is drawn to those women who have lived during one's lifetime or not too long before. Those who are not among my favorites are Gloria Steinem, Mary Quant, Martha Stewart, Jane Fonda, Madonna, and Helen Gurley Brown. Among those whom I admire the most are Mother Teresa; Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis; Diana, Princess of Wales; Eleanor Roosevelt; Betty Ford; Hillary Rodham Clinton; and Marilyn Monroe.
Hillary Clinton states on page 22, "Our global future depends on the willingness of every nation to invest in its people, especially women and children." Mother Teresa said, "Each of us is merely a small instrument; all of us, after accomplishing our mission, will disappear." -page 53. Eleanor Roosevelt is credited with the statement, "It is better to light a candle that to curse the darkness." - page 46
I highly recommend this book for everyone regardless of gender. Since I have subscribed to LADIES' HOME JOURNAL for many years, I have read about the more recent ladies. As a teenager, I can recall this magazine was always in my parents' home.
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This is an important look at the women of the 20th cent who have influenced women in ours...don't forget some of those 20th century women are still here and hopefully will continue... Read morePublished on April 27, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I bought this book to inspire my granddaughter with all of the strong and wonderful women whose stories made it. She picks it up and asks questions about these women, my heroes.Published on December 3, 2013 by Marilyn
my 11 yr old niece loves this book & it encourages her to think & act in ways inspired by the women she reads
My daughters, age 7 and 11, were captivated by this book and enjoyed reading the inspiring stories of so many amazing women.Published on November 22, 2012 by M. Bickerton
To lump Jane Fonda in with these other 99 women is a disgrace to those 99 women. Jane Fonda was nothing but a traitor and certainly not important to the 20th century. Read morePublished on February 11, 2010 by S. Barry
I cannot believe that any true American could possibly consider Jane Fonda as an Important Woman of the 20th Century. Read morePublished on January 28, 2009 by Amazon Customer
The Constitutional right to free speech and those who avail themselves of that right and make a difference beneficial to others is part of what America is all about. Read morePublished on May 16, 2007 by Sleeplessnashadow
As a young 40ish woman I looked to your book for inspiration. The title says "100 Most Important Women of the 20th Century", well I think you miss counted. Read morePublished on June 4, 2006 by Liz Steele