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women’s history into educational curricula, a Women’s History
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- The Double Lives of Black Women in America
by Charisse Jones and Kumea Shorter-Gooden
From the Publisher: Based on the African American Women's Voices Project,
Shifting reveals that a large number of African American women feel
pressure to compromise their true selves as they navigate America's
racial and gender bigotry.
Black women "shift" by altering the expectations they have
for themselves or their outer appearance. They modify their speech.
They shift "White" as they head to work in the morning and
"Black" as they come back home each night. They shift inward,
internalizing the searing pain of the negative stereotypes that they
encounter daily. And sometimes they shift by fighting back.
With deeply moving interviews, poignantly revealed on each page, Shifting
is a much-needed, clear, and comprehensive portrait of the reality of
African American women's lives today.
Women - Four Hundred Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines
By Gail Collins
America's Women tells the story of more than four centuries of history.
It features a stunning array of personalities, from the women peering
worriedly over the side of the Mayflower to feminists having a grand
old time protesting beauty pageants and bridal fairs. Courageous, silly,
funny, and heartbreaking, these women shaped the nation and our vision
of what it means to be female in America.
By culling the most fascinating characters -- the average as well as
the celebrated -- Gail Collins, the editorial page editor at the New
York Times, charts a journey that shows how women lived, what they cared
about, and how they felt about marriage, sex, and work. She begins with
the lost colony of Roanoke and the early southern "tobacco brides"
who came looking for a husband and sometimes -- thanks to the stupendously
high mortality rate -- wound up marrying their way through three or
four. Spanning wars, the pioneering days, the fight for suffrage, the
Depression, the era of Rosie the Riveter, the civil rights movement,
and the feminist rebellion of the 1970s, America's Women describes the
way women's lives were altered by dress fashions, medical advances,
rules of hygiene, social theories about sex and courtship, and the ever-changing
attitudes toward education, work, and politics. While keeping her eye
on the big picture, Collins still notes that corsets and uncomfortable
shoes mattered a lot, too.
"The history of American women is about the fight for freedom,"
Collins writes in her introduction, "but it's less a war against
oppressive men than a struggle to straighten out the perpetually mixed
message about women's roles that was accepted by almost everybody of
Told chronologically through the compelling stories of individual lives
that, linked together, provide a complete picture of the American woman's
experience, America's Women is both a great read and a landmark work
576 pages. 2003
by Mary Cantando
Whether you already own a business or are planning
to start one, The Woman’s Advantage: 20 Women Entrepreneurs Show
You What It Takes to Grow Your Business is the book for you. Author
and leading women’s business expert Mary Cantando shows you how
to harness often-overlooked resources—certification, referrals,
and mentorship—and achieve lasting rewards by learning the lessons
of top women entrepreneurs.
The women featured, all owners of multimillion-dollar (and billion-dollar)
companies, each started out small and grew their businesses through
smart choices and by connecting with the right networks. Their hard-earned
experiences offer a wealth of insights, including ideas on how to:
- Organize your business and position it for breakthroughs
- Differentiate your business from others in the
same market niche
- Leverage certification to reach companies eager
to do business with woman-owned enterprises
- Network to develop powerful alliances, partners,
- Enhance your business success by maintaining a
positive attitude, remaining healthy, and managing stress
Although millions of women own businesses, fewer
than 5 percent generate more than $1 million in annual revenue. The
Woman’s Advantage is THE comprehensive resource to both teach
and inspire you to grow your business.
one might expect from someone with Albright's resume, the former Secretary
of State speaks clearly, makes her points succinctly and doesn't stray
into speculation, fancy or whimsy. She begins with her childhood in
an intellectual Czechoslovakian family and moves fairly quickly through
her education, courtship, marriage and motherhood before arriving at
what can be considered the guts of the story-her impressive period of
service as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and, eventually, as
Secretary of State. Her no-nonsense tone is a perfect match for the
material, her voice at once serious and warmly maternal. There are a
few times when emotion seeps into her voice: when discussing her heated
run-ins with Colin Powell or when relating details of the Kenyan embassy
bombings and mass graves in Bosnia. An early passage in which she tells
of the poor health of her twin babies and how she didn't want to name
them until she knew they would survive, is particularly moving. Such
moments are necessarily rare in a memoir of this nature, but they help
paint a well-rounded picture of this remarkable lady.
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