Tough mothers Amazing stories of history's mightiest matriarchs

Jason Porath

Book - 2018

Offers examples of 50 real-life matriarchs who gave everything to protect their children and causes, from Sojourner Truth's legal campaign against slavery to Irena Sender's advocacy on behalf of young Holocaust victims.

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Subjects
Genres
Biographies
Anecdotes
Published
New York, NY : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow [2018]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"A rejected princesses book."
Map on endpapers.
Physical Description
xii, 244 pages : color illustrations, map ; 27 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-240) and index.
ISBN
9780062796097
0062796097
Main Author
Jason Porath (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

In the follow-up to Rejected Princesses (2016), Porath compiles brief biographies about savvy, go-getter mothers whom history forgot despite their tangible impacts on today's world. These women—diverse in race, sexuality, and background—used their intelligence and passion to defy what society deemed impossible for women at the time. Mother Lü spent years clothing and feeding young, poor men in China. She then armed them and led a rebellion, avenging her son. A black woman in Jim Crow Mississippi, Fannie Lou Hamer passed absurd literacy tests and endured torture to register to vote. Despite Sacajawea's rough childhood and abusive husband, she cheerfully led Lewis and Clark's expedition with a baby strapped to her back. Porath describes these accomplishments and many more with respect and awe, and his witty writing makes even the most gruesome tales fun to read (I'm looking at you, Ranavalona I of Madagascar.) A former Dreamworks artist, Porath draws these moms in all their variety, creating cartoony illustrations that are cinematic, upbeat, and inspiring. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Offers examples of real-life matriarchs who gave everything to protect their children and causes, from Sojourner Truth's legal campaign against slavery to Irena Sender's advocacy on behalf of young Holocaust victims.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The author of Rejected Princesses returns with an inspiring, fully illustrated guide that brings together the fiercest mothers in history--real life matriarchs who gave everything to protect all they loved. Mothers possess the "maternal instinct"--An innate fierceness that drives them to nurture, safeguard, fight, and sacrifice for the most important things that matter to them. For some mothers, it's their children. For others, it's artistic expression, invention, social cause, or even a nation that theyhelped to birth. In Tough Mothers, Jason Porath brings his wisdom and wit to bear on fifty fascinating matriarchs. In concise, deeply researched vignettes, accompanied by charming illustrations, Porath illuminates these fearsome women, explores their lives, and pays tribute to their accomplishments. Here are famous women as well as lesser known figures from around the globe who have left their indelible mark as they changed the course of history, including: The Mother Who Sued to Save Her Children from Slavery--Sojourner Truth; The Mother of Rock n' Roll--Sister Rosetta Tharpe; The Mother of Holocaust Children--Irena Sendler; The Mothers of The Dominican Republic--The Mirabal Sisters; The Mother of Yemen's Golden Age--Arwa al-Sulayhi. A celebration of motherhood and female achievement, Tough Mothers reminds us of the power of women to transform our lives and our world.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The author of Rejected Princesses presents an uplifting, fully illustrated guide to motherhood that draws on the examples of real-life matriarchs who gave everything to protect their children and causes, from Sojourner Truth's legal campaign against slavery to Irena Sender's advocacy on behalf of young Holocaust victims. 75,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

The author of Rejected Princesses returns with an inspiring, fully illustrated guide that brings together the fiercest mothers in history—real life matriarchs who gave everything to protect all they loved.Mothers possess the "maternal instinct"—an innate fierceness that drives them to nurture, safeguard, fight, and sacrifice for the most important things that matter to them. For some mothers, it’s their children. For others, it’s artistic expression, invention, social cause, or even a nation that they helped to birth. In Tough Mothers, Jason Porath brings his wisdom and wit to bear on fifty fascinating matriarchs.In concise, deeply researched vignettes, accompanied by charming illustrations, Porath illuminates these fearsome women, explores their lives, and pays tribute to their accomplishments. Here are famous women as well as lesser known figures from around the globe who have left their indelible mark as they changed the course of history, including:The Mother Who Sued to Save Her Children from Slavery—Sojourner TruthThe Mother of Rock n’ Roll—Sister Rosetta TharpeThe Mother of Holocaust Children—Irena SendlerThe Mothers of The Dominican Republic—The Mirabal SistersThe Mother of Yemen’s Golden Age—Arwa al-SulayhiA celebration of motherhood and female achievement, Tough Mothers reminds us of the power of women to transform our lives and our world. 

Review by Publisher Summary 5

The author of Rejected Princesses returns with an inspiring, fully illustrated guide that brings together the fiercest mothers in history'real life matriarchs who gave everything to protect all they loved.Mothers possess the "maternal instinct"'an innate fierceness that drives them to nurture, safeguard, fight, and sacrifice for the most important things that matter to them. For some mothers, it's their children. For others, it's artistic expression, invention, social cause, or even a nation that they helped to birth. In Tough Mothers, Jason Porath brings his wisdom and wit to bear on fifty fascinating matriarchs.In concise, deeply researched vignettes, accompanied by charming illustrations, Porath illuminates these fearsome women, explores their lives, and pays tribute to their accomplishments. Here are famous women as well as lesser known figures from around the globe who have left their indelible mark as they changed the course of history, including:The Mother Who Sued to Save Her Children from Slavery'sojourner TruthThe Mother of Rock n' Roll'sister Rosetta TharpeThe Mother of Holocaust Children'Irena SendlerThe Mothers of The Dominican Republic'the Mirabal SistersThe Mother of Yemen's Golden Age'Arwa al-SulayhiA celebration of motherhood and female achievement, Tough Mothers reminds us of the power of women to transform our lives and our world.&8;