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Lighting the way : nine women who changed modern America / Karenna Gore Schiff.

By: Schiff, Karenna Gore.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Miramax Books/Hyperion, c2005Edition: 1st ed.Description: xv, 528 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 1401352189; 9781401352189; 9781401360153; 1401360157.Subject(s): Women -- United States -- Biography | Social reformers -- United States -- Biography | Women social reformers -- United States -- Biography | United States -- Social conditions -- 20th centuryAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Lighting the way.; Online version:: Lighting the way.DDC classification: 920.720973 | B Online resources: Publisher description
Contents:
Ida B. Wells-Barnett -- Mother Jones -- Alice Hamilton -- Frances Perkins -- Virginia Durr -- Septima Poinsette Clark -- Dolores Huerta -- Helen Rodriguez-Trias -- Gretchen Buchenholz.
Summary: Provides a study of nine women who transformed modern America through their battle against inequity and social injustice, including Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Mother Jones, Alice Hamilton, Frances Perkins, Virginia Durr, and Septima Clark.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [435]-508) and index.

Ida B. Wells-Barnett -- Mother Jones -- Alice Hamilton -- Frances Perkins -- Virginia Durr -- Septima Poinsette Clark -- Dolores Huerta -- Helen Rodriguez-Trias -- Gretchen Buchenholz.

Provides a study of nine women who transformed modern America through their battle against inequity and social injustice, including Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Mother Jones, Alice Hamilton, Frances Perkins, Virginia Durr, and Septima Clark.

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In this spirited and engaging first book, Schiff, daughter of former Vice President Al Gore and Tipper Gore, profiles nine women who helped change the course of history by overcoming injustice in their own lives. Selected because they resonated with Schiff personally, these stories show how "political movements are built from the ground up, often by people who never receive credit for their eventual successes." The book is well researched and illustrated with black-and-white photographs throughout. Biographical details are placed in historical context, resulting in rich portraits that illustrate each woman's impact upon specific conditions of her day. For example, Schiff describes the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in her essay on Frances Perkins, FDR's secretary of labor, and explains the yellow fever epidemic of 1878 that orphaned Ida B. Wells, who became an antilynching activist and journalist. Schiff's other past and present women include the greater and lesser known: Mother Jones, Alice Hamilton, Virginia Durr, Septima Poinsette Clark, Dolores Huerta, Helen Rodriguez-Trias, and Gretchen Buchenholz, who founded the child advocacy organization where Schiff works. A prominent display of the dates of each woman's life would have helped general readers get oriented. Recommended for public libraries.-Donna L. Davey, Tamiment Lib., NYU (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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