Herstory: Women Who Changed the World

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Philosopher, mathematician, teacher, and scholar, Hypatia was one of the leading minds of the fourth century. At the height of her career, she was assassinated, her works pulled from the great libraries and burned. Only a few of her students' letters survive to testify to her incisive mind and to hint at the wealth of knowledge and potential for discovery that were lost with her death. For thousands of years the achievements of women, if not actively erased from human history, have been largely ignored. History ...
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Philosopher, mathematician, teacher, and scholar, Hypatia was one of the leading minds of the fourth century. At the height of her career, she was assassinated, her works pulled from the great libraries and burned. Only a few of her students' letters survive to testify to her incisive mind and to hint at the wealth of knowledge and potential for discovery that were lost with her death. For thousands of years the achievements of women, if not actively erased from human history, have been largely ignored. History was written almost exclusively by men about men - men's wars, men's accomplishments, and men's discoveries. But today, as women around the world are forging ahead in industry, politics, and the arts and sciences, it is more important than ever to look back at those who laid the groundwork for our current achievements. The 120 biographical sketches in Herstory shed new light on women both familiar and little known, while exploring the complex forces that shaped their lives. These women represent the full range of female experience, from those who revolutionized traditional "women's work," such as Fannie Farmer, to remarkable women warriors, from the legendary Trung sisters of first-century Vietnam to Guatemala's Rigoberta Menchu, currently battling for native rights. Historical essays place these women in the context of their times, while sidebars highlight women's wit, wisdom, and work around the globe. For young women searching for where we have been and what we can become, or for anyone interested in the undiscovered wonders of world history, Herstory is an illuminating journey.
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Ranging from an ancient Egyptian ruler (Queen Hatshepsut) to a contemporary athlete (Billie Jean King), these highly readable thumbnail sketches cover areas from literature to politics, fashion to aviation, music to science. The 120 entries offer concise overviews of specific women's lives and accomplishments, with a thoughtful blend of professional and personal details. In addition to often-profiled figures (Susan B. Anthony, Eleanor Roosevelt), the collection also includes less well known but influential women like the seventh-century Chinese ruler Wu Chao and Vietnamese activist Nguyen Thi Binh. The team of nine women authors (including Ashby and Ohrn) employs a conversational tone that encourages leisurely browsing. Many selections are prefaced with a revealing excerpt from the subject's writings, and each is accompanied by a photograph or artistic likeness. Ages 10-up. (June)
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The 120 biographies collected here are intended to be representative of the many women whose lives have had an impact on the world. Women of all times, places, and professions are treated. Coeditors Ashby and Ohrn have written many books for young adults (this one is targeted for ages 10 and up) and admirably do justice to the topic and audience The book is divided into three periods: "The Dawn: Prehistory to 1750" ; "From Revolution to Revolution: 1750 to 1850" ; and "The Global Community: 1890 to the Present." Each section has an introduction by Ashby (who also wrote a majority of the entries) that summarizes the typical life of women and the status of women's rights in the period. Each two-page biography begins with a quote by or about the woman and includes a black-and-white portrait. The entry summarizes the woman's life and her influence. Sidebars either explain a detail about women's lives (footbinding, women and slavery) or provide information about another influential woman (Isadora Duncan in the entry on Martha Graham) or excerpts from work (Sappho, Zora Neal Hurston). To illustrate the wide variety of time periods, nations, and professions represented, other biographees include Sultana Razia, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Sacajawea, Lakshmi Bai, Mary Harris "Mother" Jones, Queen Liliuokalana, Anna Pavlova, Wilma Rudolph, Wilma Mankiller, and Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams. There is a nice balance between well-known and relatively unknown women. The book ends with a bibliography; books suggested for further reading are indicated by an asterisk. There are three indexes: geographic, alphabetical and occupational. They list only the biographees, not other names that may appear in entries, and use only the name used for the entry, not alternatives (e.g., "Didrikson, Mildred "Babe" " rather than "Zaharias"). Detailed indexing would make this book more useful, but lack of it does not take away from its ultimate value. This is an excellent choice for young adult collections in middle and high schools and public libraries. Its price and content put it on the A list for purchase.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780670854349
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1995
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.18 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2001

    Learning from them

    What an inspiring book! It can be just the begining of a fantastic experience. How? Well, you can read more about the fascinating women, briefly described here. This will make a big difference in how you see people and the world. Also, it will help you being a better person. That is the point! Being better... By respecting the world and other people will help you receiving the same intelligent treatment, as is it becomes evident your qualities...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2000

    Fantastic

    This book not only inspires and educates young females, but also educates young boys about the roles and accomplishments of the majority sex. It places women in historic context and describes their invaluable contributions to the world. A must read for every young girl and boy, or even for any adult who missed out on the true history of man an

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2000

    Very Useful book

    This book was great, not only because it helped me with my report, but also because it shows people that women are great, and not only men. There were many women who made a difference, and their biographies are in this book. They are short, but have information for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2000

    Short and Sweet

    Like any other person, I had to read history books for school. They were mostly dull clatter about wars, murders and important men (a lot like the news today.) This book was about the women in history that made a difference. It isn't one of those long books that totals in writting about three people, they have short one or two page summarys of their achievements, life and how they affected the world. They also don't tell you useless facts, they tell you what you would need to know about the person.

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