Women Making America Hardcover – Illustrated, October 31, 2014
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 3.87 pounds
- Hardcover : 379 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0982127111
- ISBN-13 : 978-0982127117
- Product Dimensions : 8.4 x 1.2 x 10.9 inches
- Publisher : Clotho Press; First Edition, First edition (October 31, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Reading level : 11 - 14 years
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,655,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Growing up as a woman for over six decades, I felt I had a good idea of what it was like to be a woman and have an understanding of women's issues. It was not until I picked up WOMAN MAKING AMERICA did I realize how much I owed to the many women who have preceded me. I stand at this juncture in time because of the thousands of women who toiled, most unrecognized, to give each succeeding generation new opportunities.
As a petite woman of Asian ancestry, I could easily be scrubbing laundry instead of being a school administrator and university professor had it not been for the women who incrementally opened the doors of opportunity for future generations. My classmates were the last to be cubbyholed into being only teachers, nurses, secretaries, or housewives. Succeeding generations flung open arenas that had been exclusively male dominated fields. So I have personally witnessed many transitions. WOMEN MAKING AMERICA helped me to step back and gain an overall perspective of this period.
History belongs to those who write it and most of them were men. The disenfranchised and the minorities were left out. The Hemming sisters have reminded us that America was more than white, aristocratic men. Painstaking research revealed people like Mumbet, a slave who sued for her freedom in 1780, Nan'yehi, a Cherokees widow who led her clan to victory in battle, Anna May Wong, actress, and Dorothy Kamenshek, baseball player in the All-American Girls Baseball League. The stories of real women are masterfully woven to tell the tale, instead of some dry narrative told by an ivory tower intellectual. A personal warmth permeates the skillfully written pages.
Reading the sidebars is a study in itself. Interesting tidbits lure you to read obscure, yet interesting facts about women who quietly made a difference. Historical photographs and drawings lace the book, so even the most hardened non-reader will be drawn to peruse it. Ideally from middle school onward, WOMEN MAKING AMERICA can be used as a textbook, or supplemental reading filling in the missing half of our American history.
As I read about these women, I thought of middle school girls and how many of them begin to lose their way as documented in Reviving Ophelia; Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher. Dynamic young girls get caught up in the peer culture which can be destructive. Exposure to women in various occupations and times can give them new role models that can dilute and counter the poisonous popular culture. Young girls can begin to see there are many ways to live a fulfilling life.
The stories touched me. When I finished WOMEN MAKING AMERICA I paused to utter a silent prayer of gratitude to all the women I shall never personally know, but who helped open the opportunities I have today. These are the Americans whose shoulders I stand on. These women helped make America!
This book is fun to browse through and allows a person to quickly learn important contributions made by women throughout this country's history. I believe this book could be a valuable tool enabling our young people to define women and their roles in a healthy light, and would likely encourage positive goals and perspective. I recommend this work as a text book, a table top book and for book clubs. There are other "women's history" books for young girls and others for older women but this is the first book I've seen where the fragile teenage years are the primary audience.