Portraits of 23 women from the Hebrew Bible (The Old Testament) are woven into the tapestry of the Eishet Hayil, The Woman of Valor poem from Proverbs.The characteristics of each of the women are linked to a verse from the Woman of Valor poem. Some of these women are so obscure they were not even given names; they're identified by their places of origin or their husbands. The stories are midrashim, Biblical stories that are elaborated upon in the Talmud/the Oral Torah or by writers or historians. At the end of each story the Biblical woman is given a voice of her own. I especially liked the story of Vashti who is often treated negatively. In this case she is given the chance to defend herself. Even though this book is written by Orthodox Jewish women it has feminist overtones.