With Courage: Seven Women Who Changed America

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At first they may seem to have little in common. But look again. They are all Americans. They all became well-known during the last fifty years or so. Most importantly, each of these women was a pioneer. They didn't set out to change their worlds ... but that's what happened. Each of these women had the courage to go beyond the limits that society had set for her. Despite resistance from others, they each kept going. They had the courage to believe in themselves and their abilities. This courage is the link that ...
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Overview

At first they may seem to have little in common. But look again. They are all Americans. They all became well-known during the last fifty years or so. Most importantly, each of these women was a pioneer. They didn't set out to change their worlds ... but that's what happened. Each of these women had the courage to go beyond the limits that society had set for her. Despite resistance from others, they each kept going. They had the courage to believe in themselves and their abilities. This courage is the link that draws these women together. Because of their courage, they each had a part in changing America.
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Children's Literature
Some 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
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Courage is the theme that ties together the achievements of these seven pioneers in their fields. The six-page profiles of Rachel Carson, Katharine Graham, Dolores Huerta, Wilma Mankiller, Maya Lin, Kathleen McGrath, and Condoleezza Rice focus on each woman's public life, the challenges she faced, and her accomplishments. Coming from a variety of ethnic, economic, and educational backgrounds, these individuals have succeeded in professions traditionally dominated by men. Education, parental encouragement, and a sincere desire to help others are some of the forces that influenced them. Each chapter begins with a clear photograph of its subject as an adult and includes several smaller photos. While Bowdish provides a good introduction to these women, readers will have to look elsewhere for more in-depth details. Unfortunately, there is no bibliography or list of resources. Still, these brief profiles may inspire students to investigate further the lives of these intriguing women.-Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A title with a lot of promise focuses on a superb and diverse selection of women. The chapters featuring Wilma Mankiller, the first woman selected a chief of the Cherokee tribe, Dolores Huerta who continues to work with the migrant workers, Condoleezza Rice, an adviser to the president; and Maya Lin, the creator of the Vietnam memorial wall will acquaint readers with their struggles and challenges. Additional chapters focus on Rachel Carson, environmentalist; Katharine Graham, a woman who shaped the Washington Post into a newspaper with national impact; and Kathleen McGrath, a military woman who became the first woman to command a warship. Disappointingly, any level of excitement and energy takes a backseat to the pedestrian writing and mundane facts. The information, however, is accessible and will serve to acquaint readers with the general background of seven women whose names should be in mainstream history books. (Biography. 6-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593362805
  • Publisher: Mondo Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Chapter 1 Rachel Carson: Saving the Spring 6
Chapter 2 Katharine Graham: Facing New Challenges 12
Chapter 3 Dolores Huerta: Making It Happen 18
Chapter 4 Wilma Mankiller: Finding the Way Home 24
Chapter 5 Maya Lin: Healing a Nation 30
Chapter 6 Kathleen McGrath: Seeing the World 36
Chapter 7 Condoleezza Rice: Overcoming the Odds 42
Index 48
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