Women of Courage

They have been strong in the face of adversity, daring to stand up for what they believe and often standing alone to accomplish what at the time may not have seemed extraordinary or history-making but in the context of historical perspective is awe-inspiring.

The First Partner: Hillary Rodham Clinton

By Joyce Milton

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"...Joyce Milton examines this formidable, fascinating woman, giving probing insight into the First Lady's character, her values and her career. In The First Partner, Milton goes behind the scenes at the Clinton White House and explores the First Lady's involvement in Travelgate, Filegate, the Health Care Task Force fiasco and fund-raising for the 1996 presidential campaign, showing how these controversies grew out of the tensions in her political partnership with Bill Clinton. Milton also describes how Mrs. Clinton's defensive reactions to her husband's chronic infidelities have often misfired and have sometimes enabled his bad behavior. She examines the differing psychologies of the President and First Lady, yet shows that when faced with political accusations, they take a similar approach of telling only as much of the truth as is necessary--a reaction that has increasingly gotten them into trouble.

"Meticulously reported and researched, The First Partner offers keen new understanding of this complex woman who has infuriated and confounded as many people as she has inspired."

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The 100 Most Influential Women of All Time

By Deborah G. Felder

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"A ranking of the most influential women in recorded time, including Sappho, the Virgin Mary, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Lucille Ball. Readers may argue some choices, but the concise and insightful entries are excellent. Felder researched her compendium with the aid of women's studies professors and chairs from leading US universities. The range is impressive from the instantly recognizable to the virtually unknown in all fields: social reform, politics, literature, and entertainment."

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Shirley Temple, American Princess

By Anne Edwards

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A revealing portrait of Shirley Temple both as a child and as an adult. Follow her triumphs and disappointments as a child star, United Nations delegate, and ambassador.

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Rosa Parks

By Douglas Brinkley

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Read this short, concise biography to learn about the woman behind the myth. Far from being a tired seamstress, Rosa Parks was a bright and inquisitive woman, willing to risk everything for what she believed. The book chronicles her disappointments and disillusionment as well as her essential strength.

Also available on audio.

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Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature

By Linda J. Lear

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This biography shows how Rachel Carson, already a famous nature writer and determined woman, became an environmental reformer.

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Pearl S. Buck: A Cultural Biography

By Peter Conn

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This vivid biography of the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Good Earth recounts Buck's life in relation to the course of American and Chinese history and politics in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker

By A'Lelia Bundles

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The daughter of slaves, Madam C. J. Walker was orphaned at seven, married at 14, and widowed at 20. On Her Own Ground is a comprehensive biography of an unusual entrepreneur and philanthropist. Contains personal letters, records, and rare photographs from the family collection.

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Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: An Illustrated History

By Geoffrey C. Ward

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"With contributions by noted historians Ann D. Gordon and Ellen Carol Dubois, and dozens of evocative contemporary photographs, Not for Ourselves Alone provides a view of the suffrage movement through the eyes of the women who fought hardest for it. 'We are sowing winter wheat,' Stanton confided to her diary, 'which the coming spring will see sprout and which other hands than ours will reap and enjoy.' Indeed, neither Stanton nor Anthony lived to be able to cast a ballot. But Burns and Ward have assured them of a larger place in the American memory--as is their right."

This book was written in conjunction with Ken Burns' documentary.

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Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America

By Karenna Gore Schiff

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"This inspirational look at nine women who changed modern America profiles Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Mother Jones, Alice Hamilton, Frances Perkins, Virginia Durr, Septima Clark, Dolores Huerta, Dr. Helen Rodriguez-Trias, and Gretchen Buchenholz--women who in their own ways tackled inequity and advocated change."

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Marie Curie: A Life

By Susan Quinn

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Details the politics and prejudice of the society surrounding Marie Curie, whose study of radioactivity was a watershed of scientific discovery.

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