Preethi Burkholder inspires women, men, and children to achieve their dreams, find success, and lead meaningful lives. Originally from Sri Lanka, she does humanitarian work there to improve the lives of underprivileged women and children.
17 Women Who Shook the Worldby Preethi Burkholder
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to achieve success effortlessly while others just don't? In this motivational and historical book, discover how you, too, can master the inner abilities to become successful. Becoming informed about the thinking and behavioral patterns of 17 of modern history's most amazing women will drive you, too, to take action to
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to achieve success effortlessly while others just don't? In this motivational and historical book, discover how you, too, can master the inner abilities to become successful. Becoming informed about the thinking and behavioral patterns of 17 of modern history's most amazing women will drive you, too, to take action to attract success into your life. Learn a dynamic and attainable program for changing your inner model of achievement with a formula that supports your happiness. Read about accomplished women such as Shirley Chisholm, Esther Morris, Wilman Rudolph, Aung San Suu Kyi, Valentina Tereshkova, Harriet Tubman, Madam C.J. Walker, Meryl Streep, and Victoria Woodhull. Like the 17 women showcased here, build your own Global Positioning System (GPS) for success.
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When I agreed to review this book, I was under the impression that it was a book for kids, as it was listed under children's nonfiction. I was thrown off when I started reading it. The beginning is more of a self-help guide to empowering women. Preethi Burkholder has a list of 24 steps to "program into your internal GPS." All of these are great ideas to build a woman toward success. And most children will not understand this "program" as it is written. The next part of the book gets into the history of women in society over the past few centuries. It shows the evolution of women's rights, ending with an argument for why a woman should be in the White House. The third part of the book focuses on the biographies of women who were movers and shakers in their time. Some of them are expected to be on the list, such as Susan B. Anthony, who opens the section, and Amelia Earhart. Others are more contemporary and not ones I would have necessarily thought of, such as Suze Orman and Meryl Streep. Still others, such as Aung San Suu Kyi, help to represent the whole world. The biographies in and of themselves are interesting. I was surprised that not all of them had an accompanying photograph. I appreciated the emphasis on certain quotes and the summary of each woman's specific strides made for women. This area felt more like it was written for the younger generation. I can understand what the author was trying to do with her book, but it felt more like I was reading three separate books put under one cover. The first part definitely felt more like it was meant for the adult or late teen audience. The second and third parts were more like a history section that could possibly appeal to middle school and up. It is definitely very researched. I just think it would have done better being separated into different works, or with a better wrap-around section. I would give it 2.5 stars, based on the B&N rating system. I received an eARC in exchange for my honest review.
Preethi Burkholder is a Sri Lankan-born graduate of Tufts university. She has devoted her entrepreneurial skills to improving the lot of women in her home country and abroad. In 2006 she started a website called Gifted Hands Writing where she gives advice about writing and student financial aid. To be honest, I was not impressed with the website. It looks a bit janky and is hard to navigate. The number of tabs at the top is overwhelming, making it difficult to discover what it is that Burkholder actually does. I was not blown away by 17 Women Who Shook the World either. Like the website, the book has an unpolished, unprofessional tone, both in the writing itself and in the book's overall structure. In the introduction, Burkholder states that the purpose of the book is to "Become informed about the thinking and behavioral patterns of 17 of modern history’s most amazing women will drive you, too, to take action to attract success into your life.” At first glance 17 Women comes across as a minimalist overview of some famous chicks we all learned about in our middle school text books. That’s about the depth of the biographical information provided for each woman. On the other hand, the information is posed as a sort of self-help book. “Have you ever wondered why some people seem to achieve success effortlessly while others just don’t?” This book has the answer for you! Or does it? The approach that one can become successful by learning about successful women is far too simplistic. 17 Women Who Shook the World is worth a flip-through. It might be worth checking out at the library if you happened to come across it and you happened to pick it up and you happened to be in the mood for a middle school self-help book about Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt. However, if you are a Katharine Hepburn scholar interested in the complex feminist theories of film, history, and literature, I would recommend Who Cooked the Last Supper: The Women's History of the World by Rosalind Miles or Gail Collins’ America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines.
Preethi Burkholder's "17 Women Who Shook the World" truly altered my perspective of what women before our time have undergone to make it possible for me to enjoy the benefits that I have in my life today. From Harriet Tubman freeing the slaves to Victoria Woodhull becoming the first woman to run for President of the United States in 1872, Preethi Burkholder very effectively enlightens the winding journeys that women all over the world have taken to become champions. The childhood details of the women were very interesting. For example, Eleanor Roosevelt's mother made her feel less than beautiful while her father was an alcoholic, and was in an out of sanitariums. Eleanor Roosevelt was raised by her grandmother, something that we are seeing more and more of in the United States. Marie Curie had unimaginable financial problems. She came from an educated family with no money. Marie Curie's inventions continue to be used in cancer treatments even today. Preethi Burkholder touches on many fields: science, politics, history, arts, acting, astronomy, sports, and more. What balances the historic component of the book is the motivational part. Reading the chapter on "GPS For Success" and the 24-Step Program for Achieving Your Dreams truly transformed my life. The steps were very useful and drives home the point that any woman, man, or child, can dream great things- IF they set their minds to it. I bought a copy of "17 Women Who Shook the World" and I bought another copy for my younger sister, who needs to to read an inspirational book like this, in order to have hope.This book is ideal for anyone who wants to invite healthy change into their lives. Preethi Burkholder gives an entire section on the common character traits embraced by all seventeen women, that helped them to become great human beings. Any person who embraces these traits can become powerful and make a positive difference. The language of the book is easy to understand, it is not overly academic; the size of the book is great as it is light and easy to carry; the font size is great; and there are photographs. Each chapter has several side bars with inspirational quotes. I have started to read one of these quotes every morning, in order to set the right tone for the day. Preethi Burkholder obviously has clearly written this book to inspire women all over the world. According the biography, she attended a school that produced the world's first female head of state, in her native Sri Lanka. As a bi-cultural woman now living in the United States and spending time in her native Sri Lanka, Preethi Burkholder shares a unique perspective of women and the setbacks that they have to overcome in order to become successful. Preethi Burkholder has done an outstanding job with her book "17 Women Who Shook the World." It is a book that you can read over and over agin and has a long shelf life. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to feel inspired, enlightened, and empowered. Five stars all the way. Way to go Preethi Burkholder. A success story of a great woman indeed. .
Note: I received this book from Schiffer Publishing via Netgalley. The different biographies of the seventeen women were interesting at times. The book as a whole would have been better with just the history of the people and without the motivational parts. They seemed to be drawn out and preachy.