American Heroines: The Spirited Women Who Shaped Our Country
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American Heroines: The Spirited Women Who Shaped Our Country

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As long as there has been an America, the indomitable spirit of American women has shaped both the country's history and society. Regardless of the time and place these women were born each excelled in her respective field, making it easier for the next generation. This is what makes them heroines.

In American Heroines, Kay Bailey Hutchison presents female pioneers in field...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 28th 2006 by Harper Perennial (first published November 1st 2004)
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Shirley Brosius
Firsts. That’s what this book is about. Women who faced the challenge to use their talents and skills to gain offices and honors that had never before been attained by a woman.

The first native-born American to be canonized (Elizabeth Seton); the first woman publisher (Elizabeth Palmer Peabody); the first woman to gain international recognition as a major artist (Mary Cassatt); the first woman to be elected to both houses of Congress (Margaret Chase Smith); the first African American to serve as...more
Brad Lucht
This book ... isn't good.

First I learned that her great-grandmother and other early relatives were "American Heroines".

Other American heroine was the inventor of Christian Science, who developed the religion based on the assumption you could heal using mental telepathy. In fact, many of the "heroines" in the first half of this book are religious zealots.

Oh, and we also learn that Elizabeth Dole and Lynn Cheney are also American heroines.

Hopefully you're starting to grasp what it takes to be a he...more
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This book is sectioned off into different fields, e.g., athletes, politicians, etc. There are examples from history followed by interviews with women currently in the field. The interviews are of a set format with questions, e.g., what was the persons biggest obstacle, how do they negotiate with the "opposition", who was the biggest influence on them, and what was the best advice they'd receive or pass on. It is well written and there is a bibliography listing further reading sources.
Tracie
It was cool to read about all of these amazing women in our country's history. But sometimes their life stories got bogged down by too many mundane details, so I felt like I was plowing through at points.
Donna
This is a good book about women who helped shape our country. It isn't one to finish quickly, however. It is one to pick up and read a little at a time - a coffee table book.
Carrie Lynne
Nice concept, but poorly written.
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