This book is an excellent academic account of the first women in Buddhism. It shares stories of those women who pushed to create the first order of Buddhist nuns and who became renunciants and wanders durring the time of the historical Buddha, Sidharthra Gautama. It includes poems about and authored by those women that were passed down orally until they were transcribed. The book explains these poems and stories and puts them into the societal context of that historical period.
Very interesting read for anyone interested in learning about Buddhism and the history of Buddhism, as well as anyone interested in feminist history. Being someone interested in both, this is proving to be fascinating for me. At the most basic level, it also provides some lovely stories.