Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's pioneering career has made a profound mark on both American law and society. Now, in this definitive biography, meticulously ressearched and fifteen years in the making, admirers of this groundbreaking jurist can learn about the foundational moments of her life, work, and philosophy. When Ginsburg began her study of law, she was one of only a handful of female law students; as a law professor at Rutgers University, she had to hide her second pregnancy or risk losing her job. But her tireless efforts to fight for gender equality have continued to push progress forward. In this substantial work, author Jane Sherron de Hart has produced an intriguing portrait of a justice whose influence, particularly on the lives of American women, cannot be overstated.
Betty Reid Soskin has witnessed dramatic changes to American culture in her 96 years — and she's helped to create plenty of that change, too! Today, she's the oldest park ranger in the history of the National Park Service, sharing her perspective by leading tours of the Rosie the Riveter National Park. In this absorbing memoir, Soskin describes a life watching the course of American 20th century history, complete with tremendous strides in women's and civil rights. Conversational and fresh, this book will make you look at the world around you with new eyes.
Elizabeth Stuart, granddaughter of the martyred Mary, Queen of Scots, found herself thrust into the glittering world of British royalty when her father ascended to the throne of England — and then her world changed again he betrayed the commitment he'd made when he married her to a German count. Nicknamed the "Winter Queen," Elizabeth was forced into exile in Holland, where she and her four daughters found refuge and comparative peace. Author Nancy Goldstone depicts the determined former queen and her four defiant daughters with wit and admiration, and highlights how their refusal to give in changed the course of history.
It's a story that's all too familiar: a woman in pain, dismissed by doctors, has to find her own answers. In 2010, Abby Norman dropped out of college because of excruciating pain that her doctors wrote off as a urinary tract infection. It wasn't until years later, when she took matters into her own hands and spent hours reading in a medical library, that she received a diagnosis of endometriosis. In this important book, Norman uses her own story to illuminate the cultural and political context of how women's bodies — and women's pain — are treated. This eye-opening and infuriating book is a rallying cry for women's health.
Jane Austen and Dorothy Wordsworth were contemporaries, and while they shared many similarities — they were talented writers who struggled to express themselves, they both desperately desired financial security, and neither ever married — they took two very different paths. Austen decided to try to achieve financial independence through her writing, while Wordsworth turned her gifts to help her brother, poet William Wordsworth. In this unique dual biography, author Marian Veevers compares their lives side by side, creating an intriguing portrait of two brilliant women trapped by the conventions of their time.
Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, and Dolley Madison were America's first First Ladies, and they faced tremendous challenges: they had to define a role that had no official description, and maintain the dignity of the president's office while avoiding the aristocratic behavior of European nobles that was so contrary to their new republic's ideals. Their public personas had to buoy confidence and prop up their husbands' presidencies, no matter what challenges they were facing. Author Jeanne Abrams looks at these three First Ladies as a group, showing how they influenced one another — and created a new role for women in America.
Astrid Lindgren's life was often turbulent and difficult: she faced life as an unwed teenage mother, poverty during the war, and battles with depression. Then, as the creator of beloved book characters like Pippi Longstocking and Ronia, she was suddenly launched into fame, giving her a voice for causes that mattered deeply to her, like women's and children's rights. In this first English-language biography of Lindgren, author Jens Andersen draws on primary sources and letters to create a detailed and accessible account of Lindgren's life, and also explores how her characters still resonate with children today.