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Children's LiteratureSome you will recognize instantly; a few you will know by name if not by picture; a few you have never heard of. The seven women are biologist Rachel Carson who first alerted the world to the dangers of DDT in Silent Spring; Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham; Mexican migrant worker organizer Dolores Heurta; the first woman Cherokee chief Wilma Mankiller; designer of the Vietnam War Memorial Maya Lin; National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice; and Kathleen McGrath, the first American woman to command a warship. Each chapter includes several photos, a short, easily understood text which focuses on the odds each woman had to overcome and the qualities it took to overcome them: Condoleeza Rice "was brought up to respect herself. She was brought up to believe she could do anything. She was taught to work hard." This is an interesting and eclectic selection of women. Their areas of interest are sufficiently diverse to appeal to all kinds of boys and girls. The small book is an excellent choice for casual reading of living American history or biographical research. 2004, Mondo Publishing, Ages 8 to 14.
— Karen Leggett