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The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  3,521 ratings  ·  579 reviews
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 favourite topics.

HILLARY: Growing up, I knew hardly any women who worked outside the home.
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Published October 1st 2019 by Simon & Schuster Audio
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Derek Lynch
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this. Hillary and Chelsea are clear, concise, thoughtful, funny writers and I’m thrilled about the diverse group of women they included in this book. I’ve added so many memoirs from the women featured in this to my Want To Read list. I learned a lot from this book.
I was very excited to know about the release of this book when I think I first saw Hillary and Chelsea on Stephen Colbert’s show and have been waiting to read it since then. Obviously it had a bit of a waitlist at my library(why am I surprised), so it took me this long to get to it.

As someone who doesn’t know much about American history (because I never studied it), the only knowledge I have gained is through TV shows, documentaries, articles and maybe a few books, in the past 5-6 years. And it
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a phenomenal collection of essays about women who have made a lasting difference in the world. Some of them I had heard of before. Many of whom I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't. This collection of their stories is rich with diversity of race, nationality, physical abilities, time in history, and reason for celebrating their accomplishments. I honestly think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to consider themselves well educated in the achievements of women across t ...more
Mariah Roze
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am so glad that the Clinton ladies wrote this book about amazing women. There currently has been lots of books for young children about amazing women, so I am so glad that the Clinton's wrote one directed at adults. This was definitely a feel good book that taught me the history of women. It was very empowering to read!

"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
Fountain Of Chris
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is, essentially, an encyclopedia. If you approach as such - and as a stepping off point for further exploration of prominent and influential women - you will avoid some disappointment others might feel.

We are all going to have certain women we think should be in a book like this, but who don't make it, for whatever reason. I won't hold that against Clinton^2, because it is an inherent limitation to any project of this sort. My biggest criticism is that the book doesn't do enough with the ma
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic! I saw Hillary and Chelsea's interview on CBS Sunday Morning and realized I needed to learn more about these Gutsy Women. I picked it up at the library and was discouraged by it's heft. It's more like a coffee table book, not one I could easily stuff in my bag to read at lunch. But it was the perfect book to read during commercials and I thought I'd just skim. I couldn't put it down. Every gutsy woman was about 4 pages; a length I could manage and packed with interesting facts that cap ...more
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the kind of book that I would actually buy then keep on reading again and again. Written by a dynamic mother daughter duo, they have listed so many wonderful examples of female protagonists from whom I can learn and want to learn much more. I am enjoying listening to both Hilary and Chelsea’s voices and their personal experiences as well as those selected females trail blazers and heroines. While they talk about many well-known figures such as Nightingales, Amelia Earhart, Madam Curie, a ...more
“Each of these women has fought and won the kinds of victories that pave the way for progress for all of us,” said Clinton.
Maybe, but she lost the 2016 Presidential election. She lost it. That's What happened.

Maybe she thinks she's the gutsiest of them all....


The next edition of this book should include Tulsi Gabbard. She's really gutsy.


I wanted to love it. I really, really did. But this 400+ page book, stuffed full of amazing women from hundreds of different creeds, feels a little...ordinary. The Clinton's have a great writing style, but it presents a 'quantity over quality' issue through this book. I definitely learned a lot and found some new interesting women in history, but I never quite felt connected to it. And whilst the book contains many women who have worked in the fields of politics, lawmaking, sport and general act ...more
Nicole Fogg Hudson
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Was looking forward to learning about the stories of these women, unfortunately the entire book was tainted with Hillary's bitter political comment through out. This could of been a completely totally enjoyable audio book, but instead I would cringe and seriously consider if I even wanted to listen to any more every time I had the listen to her bitter political digs. ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a good book to give to young women. Young women are often given the message that they are not good enough. Or, they can't do this or that because they're girls. I have young nieces and it breaks my heart when I hear them spout these things that they hear. This book is the perfect antidote. You get listings of wonderful women who have accomplished great, even "impossible" things. It's inspiring and gives hope. I listened to the audiobook and it's always a bonus to listen to the authors na ...more
Donna Lewis
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful informative look at the gutsy women of the world. I did not know:
• On her third trip to the south to rescue her husband, Harriet Tubman found that he had remarried, so she decided that “if he could do without her, she could do without him.” She went on to bring hundreds of slaves to freedom.
• Helen Keller confounded the ACLU.
• When “Sesame Street” aired on PBS in 1969, a Mississippi state commission voted to ban the show. Public outcry forced its reinstatement.” I had the good
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The stories are interesting and personal, and the structure of the book is well done.
Margaret Montalvo
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book about women who have made a huge impact not just in the U.S. but across the world. These gutsy women came from all walks of life and affected not just women but mankind in areas such as medicine, civil rights, science, etc. Some names are well-known and others we've never heard of and will likely never hear of again.

I listened to the audio which was read by the authors, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton. They really did their homework. It was also interesting getting a little slic
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Truth is, I only read about 40 pages when I realized this is probably a book best read by 6th to 9th graders. Two or three pages devoted to each woman, very simplistic language and just not worth time for me to read it alone. However, I most likely will be reading it along with my 9 y/o granddaughter, who is a bit young to red it all by herself, but probably will enjoy reading it together and talking about each woman's accomplishments. ...more
Kassy MacPherson
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am giving this book a 3.5 star review for the novel “The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience” by Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton.

I loved the biographies of all the “Gutsy” women in this book. The history was fascinating. I even found myself reading some of them over again. A lot of the women mentioned in the book are people in the news or historical figures that I knew about already. But a lot of the women mentioned, I had never heard about and loved to read ab
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
When I first heard this book was being released I had such high hopes for it. I love reading books about strong women who paved their own path when the odds were stacked against them.....this book left me feeling like there could have been more....something. I cannot put my finger on it exactly but I think I have a good idea of why I struggled to finish a book that otherwise I would have zipped through. I just did not appreciate how Hillary compared herself throughout this book to the other wome ...more
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone needs to read this book. It was fantastic. The majority of the women listed in this book I’ve never heard of which is fantastic. I requested countless books from my library about the women listed in this book. I won’t lie, I got emotional reading about what some of these women have done. I feel proud of them.

Coming from a historian background I liked the conciseness of the writing about each women. It provided enough background and explained why they left an impact while not feeling lik
Rebecca Gregory
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a truly important book. It raised my respect for Hillary and Chelsea Clinton even higher. I learned things about them that I didn't know. Both truly remarkable women.
But more than that they paid homage with the stories of so many women of courage. I'm happy to know their stories.
The book inspired me to ask my friends what their "Gutsy" time was and have been inspired by the stories, many of them I didn't know. I think the best legacy of this book is for us to tell our stories of courage
This was a great book to listen while I walked each morning.
I did know a little bit here & there about many of the women in this book, but the background was a little deeper & more personal. Chelsea & Hillary took turns talking & gave some personal insight about many of the women.

The book was split into sections depending on where these "gutsy" women made their name in history- Athletes, Healers, Education was pretty lengthy.

I enjoyed learning "more" about the women I was familiar wit
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is amazing!! I love this book!
Marianne K. Benvenuti
So many stories of courage

This is a very long book, justifying so. Women, especially women of color have historically been taught to remain silent. Thanks to Hillary and Chelsea for bringing their stories to the light of day. I would add a few more names for consideration, possible for another book: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Oprah Winfrey, Chanel Miller, Sister Joan Chisiter (sp?), Dorothy Day, Mother Teresa, and, hopefully soon, the first woman President of the United States
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book! There are so many wonderful women featured, and it was refreshing to read about them! The particular selection of each women is excellent and enlightening. Women have come a long, long way thanks to the brave, resilient, courageous, hardworking, and marvelous lives dedicated to enabling women to shine. to further complete equality, to be valued and treasured, and to succeed. We must keep up the great work!
Lauren McDonald
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was such an inspirational read that I would recommend to any and everybody man or woman. While it covers the names that we all know and respect such as Anne Frank, Florence Nightingale, Jane Goodall and so many others, it covers even more names that I ashamedly did not know but was eager to learn about. The amount of women that have positively impacted the world is astounding, and if you read this I hope that you become inspired to do your part (however small it may feel) too.
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I appreciate the Clintons’ including both well-known historical figures and everyday women in this amazingly inspiring book. After I finished, I had two thoughts. One, the sheer determination of women to constantly break boundaries, challenge the status quo, and improve their own and countless others’ lives speaks of courage beyond words. Two...compared to these women, I haven’t accomplished anything much of note. Yet.
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the range of persons they presented and the personal manner of their presentation. I listened to the book and also enjoyed the their voices.

Their work is most likely targets young persons who are learning the names of important leaders. It is a good first resource as it allows the reader to learn about these women quickly and in a personal manner.
Excellent anthology of great women over time. From the 19,20and 21 centuries. Hillary and Chelsea Clinton are very good writers and their list of women who had “guts” is very extensive and well worth reading. A very important read. Very enjoyable too!
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Jammed full of great information including the achievements of brilliant and strong women. I learned a lot and it made me very proud to be who Iam.
I just had a problem with the narration. It was stiff and seemed to have no life to it.
Megan Bogert
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So many of my heroes' stories are in this book, as well as the stories of many women of whom I'd never heard. Brave, independent, fierce women need to be celebrated and learned from and this book highlights them all. ...more
A great compilation of all kinds of gutsy women throughout history.
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Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born October 26, 1947) was the 67th United States Secretary of State, serving in the cabinet of President Barack Obama. In 2016, she became the first woman in U.S. history to win a major party's presidential nomination, and the first woman to win the popular vote in a presidential race - despite losing the election.

She was a Senator from the state of New York from 200

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