The book of gutsy women

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Book - 2019

Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, share the stories of the gutsy women who have inspired them--women with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done. Ensuring the rights and opportunities of women and girls remains a big piece of the unfinished business of the twenty-first century. While there's a lot of work to do, we know that throughout history and around the globe women have overcome the toughest resistance imaginable to win victo...ries that have made progress possible for all of us. That is the achievement of each of the women in this book. So how did they do it? The answers are as unique as the women themselves. Civil rights activist Dorothy Height, LGBTQ trailblazer Edie Windsor, and swimmer Diana Nyad kept pushing forward, no matter what. Writers like Rachel Carson and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie named something no one had dared talk about before. Historian Mary Beard used wit to open doors that were once closed, and Wangari Maathai, who sparked a movement to plant trees, understood the power of role modeling. Harriet Tubman and Malala Yousafzai looked fear in the face and persevered. Nearly every single one of these women was fiercely optimistic--they had faith that their actions could make a difference. And they were right. To us, they are all gutsy women--leaders with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done. So in the moments when the long haul seems awfully long, we hope you will draw strength from these stories. We do. Because if history shows one thing, it's that the world needs gutsy women.

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Subjects
Genres
Biographies
Published
New York : Simon & Schuster 2019.
Edition
First Simon and Schuster hardcover edition
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
xii, 450 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781501178412
1501178415
Main Author
Hillary Rodham Clinton (author)
Other Authors
Chelsea Clinton (author)
  • EARLY INSPIRATIONS: First inspirations
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Anna Pavlova
  • Isadora Duncan
  • Margaret Chase Smith
  • Margaret Bourke-White
  • Maria von Trapp
  • Anne Frank
  • Rigoberta Menchú Tum
  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Florence Griffith Joyner ("Flo-Jo")
  • EDUCATION PIONEERS: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
  • Margaret Bancroft
  • Juliette Gordon Low
  • Maria Montessori and Joan Ganz Cooney
  • Mary McLeod Bethune
  • Esther Martinez
  • Daisy Bates
  • Patsy Mink, Bernice Sandler, and Edith Green
  • Ruby Bridges Hall
  • Malala Yousafzai
  • EARTH DEFENDERS: Marjory Stoneman Douglas
  • Rachel Carson
  • Jane Jacobs and Peggy Shepard
  • Jane Goodall and "The Trimates"
  • Wangari Maathai
  • Alice Min Soo Chun
  • Greta Thunberg
  • EXPLORERS AND INVENTORS: Caroline Herschel and Vera Rubin
  • Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper
  • Margaret Knight and Madam C.J. Walker
  • Marie Curie and Irène Jolior-Curie
  • Hedy Lamarr
  • Sylvia Earle
  • Sally Ride
  • Mae Jemison
  • HEALERS: Florence Nightingale
  • Clara Barton
  • Elizabeth Blackwell, Rebecca Lee Crumpler, and Mary Edwards Walker
  • Betty Ford
  • Mathilde Krim
  • Dr. Gao Yaojie
  • Dr. Hawa Abdi
  • Flossie Wong-Staal
  • Molly Melching
  • Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
  • Caccinators
  • ATHLETES: Alice Coachman and Wilma Rudolph
  • Junko Tabei
  • Billie Jean King
  • Diana Nyad
  • Abby Wambach
  • Michelle Kwan
  • Venus and Serena Williams
  • Ibtihaj Muhammad
  • Tatyana McFadden
  • Caster Semenya
  • Aly Raisman
  • ADVOCATES AND ACTIVISTS: Dorothy Height and Sojourner Truth
  • Ida B. Wells
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Elizabeth Peratrovich
  • Rosa Parks and Claudette Colvin
  • Coretta Scott King
  • Dolores Huerta
  • The Peacemakers
  • Victoria Mxenge
  • Ai-jen Poo
  • Sarah Brady, Gabby Giffords, Nelba Màrquez-Greene, Shannon Watts, and Lucy McBath
  • Nza-Ari Khepra, Emma Gonzàlez, Naomi Wadler, Edna Chavez, Jazmine Wildcat, and Julia Spoor
  • Becca Heller
  • STORYTELLERS: Maya Angelou
  • Mary Beard
  • Jineth Bedoya Lima
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • America Ferrera
  • Ali Stoker
  • Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
  • ELECTED LEADERS: Bella Abzug
  • Shirley Chisholm
  • Ann Richards
  • Geraldine Ferraro
  • Barbara Jordan
  • Barbara Mikulski
  • Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
  • Wilma Mankiller
  • Michelle Bachelet
  • Danica Roem
  • GROUNDBREAKERS: Frances Perkins
  • Katharine Graham
  • Constance Baker Motley
  • Edie Windsor
  • Ela Bhatt
  • Temple Grandin
  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • Maya Lin
  • Sally Yates
  • Kimberly Bryant and Reshma Saujani
  • WOMEN'S RIGHTS CHAMPIONS: Rosa May Billinghurst
  • The Suffragists
  • Sophia Duleep Singh
  • Fraidy Reiss
  • Manal al Sharif
  • Nadia Murad.
  • Introduction
  • Early inspirations
  • Education pioneers
  • Earth defenders
  • Explorers and inventors
  • Healers
  • Athletes
  • Advocates and activists
  • Storytellers
  • Elected leaders
  • Groundbreakers
  • Women's rights champions
  • Epilogue.
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton's joint venture starts with a dialogue during which they discuss their relationship with feminism and their experiences growing up in different eras. The only working women Hillary knew as a child, for example, were teachers, while Chelsea grew up surrounded by ambitious women in all fields. They talk about the women they knew personally, the fictional characters they admired, and the historical figures who inspired them from an early age, such as Harriet Tubman and Helen Keller, whose cultural impacts are often taught in schools.The rest of the book portrays gutsy women, categorizing them by their vocation, such as Education Pioneers, Athletes, and Storytellers, with each section highlighting multiple women who exemplify these values. The brief but informative biographies range from two to five pages as Hillary or Chelsea (or both!) describes when she first heard about the featured woman, provides context for her accomplishments, and explains the impact her work has on us today. Many of these names will be familiar, including Michelle Kwan and Maya Angelou; also included are young activists such as Emma González and Greta Thunberg. Regaled as these women may be, readers will find something new to discover about their personal histories, and the book encourages them to learn more on their own.Here, too, are a plethora of new role models. Dr. Flossie Wong-Stall, for example, was the first person to clone HIV, which lead to breakthroughs in research and treatment. After escaping sex slavery, Nadia Murad became a UN ambassador and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work for human rights. Thespians may have heard of Ali Stoker, but non-theatergoers will discover she was the first Tony Award-winning actor to use a wheelchair.The back-and-forth between mother and daughter adds a personal tone to these succinct profiles, and the sidebars include choice quotations from and about the featured women, celebrating their passion, verve, and influence. The table of contents and index make it easy for readers to navigate these many entries, but the photographs and brief biographies make it ideal for casual browsing as well. These gutsy women come from various backgrounds and embody a range of races, sexualities, and abilities. Women have been contributing to human history all along and will continue to do so—and this book demands their recognition. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, share the stories of the gutsy women who have inspired them—women with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done.She couldn’t have been more than seven or eight years old. “Go ahead, ask your question,” her father urged, nudging her forward. She smiled shyly and said, “You’re my hero. Who’s yours?”Many people—especially girls—have asked us that same question over the years. It’s one of our favorite topics.HILLARY: Growing up, I knew hardly any women who worked outside the home. So I looked to my mother, my teachers, and the pages of Life magazine for inspiration. After learning that Amelia Earhart kept a scrapbook with newspaper articles about successful women in male-dominated jobs, I started a scrapbook of my own. Long after I stopped clipping articles, I continued to seek out stories of women who seemed to be redefining what was possible.CHELSEA: This book is the continuation of a conversation the two of us have been having since I was little. For me, too, my mom was a hero; so were my grandmothers. My early teachers were also women. But I grew up in a world very different from theirs. My pediatrician was a woman, and so was the first mayor of Little Rock who I remember from my childhood. Most of my close friends’ moms worked outside the home as nurses, doctors, teachers, professors, and in business. And women were going into space and breaking records here on Earth.Ensuring the rights and opportunities of women and girls remains a big piece of the unfinished business of the twenty-first century. While there’s a lot of work to do, we know that throughout history and around the globe women have overcome the toughest resistance imaginable to win victories that have made progress possible for all of us. That is the achievement of each of the women in this book.So how did they do it? The answers are as unique as the women themselves. Civil rights activist Dorothy Height, LGBTQ trailblazer Edie Windsor, and swimmer Diana Nyad kept pushing forward, no matter what. Writers like Rachel Carson and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie named something no one had dared talk about before. Historian Mary Beard used wit to open doors that were once closed, and Wangari Maathai, who sparked a movement to plant trees, understood the power of role modeling. Harriet Tubman and Malala Yousafzai looked fear in the face and persevered. Nearly every single one of these women was fiercely optimistic—they had faith that their actions could make a difference. And they were right.To us, they are all gutsy women—leaders with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done. So in the moments when the long haul seems awfully long, we hope you will draw strength from these stories. We do. Because if history shows one thing, it’s that the world needs gutsy women.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, share the stories of the gutsy women who have inspired them'women with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done.She couldn't have been more than seven or eight years old. "Go ahead, ask your question," her father urged, nudging her forward. She smiled shyly and said, 'You're my hero. Who's yours?"Many people'especially girls'have asked us that same question over the years. It's one of our favorite topics.HILLARY: Growing up, I knew hardly any women who worked outside the home. So I looked to my mother, my teachers, and the pages of Life magazine for inspiration. After learning that Amelia Earhart kept a scrapbook with newspaper articles about successful women in male-dominated jobs, I started a scrapbook of my own. Long after I stopped clipping articles, I continued to seek out stories of women who seemed to be redefining what was possible.CHELSEA: This book is the continuation of a conversation the two of us have been having since I was little. For me, too, my mom was a hero; so were my grandmothers. My early teachers were also women. But I grew up in a world very different from theirs. My pediatrician was a woman, and so was the first mayor of Little Rock who I remember from my childhood. Most of my close friends' moms worked outside the home as nurses, doctors, teachers, professors, and in business. And women were going into space and breaking records here on Earth.Ensuring the rights and opportunities of women and girls remains a big piece of the unfinished business of the twenty-first century. While there's a lot of work to do, we know that throughout history and around the globe women have overcome the toughest resistance imaginable to win victories that have made progress possible for all of us. That is the achievement of each of the women in this book.So how did they do it? The answers are as unique as the women themselves. Civil rights activist Dorothy Height, LGBTQ trailblazer Edie Windsor, and swimmer Diana Nyad kept pushing forward, no matter what. Writers like Rachel Carson and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie named something no one had dared talk about before. Historian Mary Beard used wit to open doors that were once closed, and Wangari Maathai, who sparked a movement to plant trees, understood the power of role modeling. Harriet Tubman and Malala Yousafzai looked fear in the face and persevered. Nearly every single one of these women was fiercely optimistic'they had faith that their actions could make a difference. And they were right.To us, they are all gutsy women'leaders with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done. So in the moments when the long haul seems awfully long, we hope you will draw strength from these stories. We do. Because if history shows one thing, it's that the world needs gutsy women.