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Lighting the way : nine women who changed modern America

by Schiff, Karenna Gore.

Format: Print Book 2005
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 8 copies
Available (8)
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Andrew Bayne Memorial Library Nonfiction 920.7 Schi H
Location  Andrew Bayne Memorial Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  920.7 Schi H
CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction CT3260.S35 2005
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  CT3260.S35 2005
Carnegie Library of Homestead Non Fiction 920.72 Schi
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  920.72 Schi
Cooper-Siegel Community Library Biography 920.72 LIG
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
Collection  Biography
Call Number  920.72 LIG
F.O.R. Sto-Rox Library Biography BIO 920.72 Sch
Location  F.O.R. Sto-Rox Library
Collection  Biography
Call Number  BIO 920.72 Sch
Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 920.72 SCH
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  920.72 SCH
Sewickley Public Library Nonfiction 920.72 SCH 2005
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  920.72 SCH 2005
Wilkinsburg Public Library - Eastridge Nonfiction 920.7 SCH HISTORY
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library - Eastridge
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  920.7 SCH HISTORY
In this highly readable, illuminating narrative that spans the twentieth century, Karenna Gore Schiff tells the remarkable stories of nine influential women who each in her own way tackled inequity and advocated a change. These women recognized our country wasnt living up to its promise and fought to alter it.

The women shes selected are as varied as they are inspirational. Ida B. wells-Barnett, who was born a slave and fought against lynching; Mother Jones, an Irish immigrant who organized coal miners and campaigned against child labor; Alice Hamilton, who pushed for regulation of industrial toxins; Frances Perkins, who established our social secruity program; Virginia Durr, a high society Southern belle who fought the poll tax and segregation; Septima Clark, who helped to register black voters; Dolores Huerta, who organized farm workers; Dr. Helen Rodriguez-Trias, an activist for reproductive rights; and Gretchen Buchenholz, currently one of the nations leading child advocates.

Karenna Gore Schiff delivers an intimate and accessible account of the nine trail-blazing women who deserve not only to be honored but to have their example serve as a guiding light for activists and leaders of tomorrow.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Schiff, journalist, lawyer, and daughter of former vice president Al Gore, highlights the lives of nine women who have had enormous impact on the social and political history of the U.S., though most of them are relatively unknown. Schiff acknowledges that her selections are entirely personal. The nine include Ida B. Wells Barnett, antilynching activist; Mother Jones, an advocate for coal miners; Dr. Alice Hamilton, a proponent of workers' rights in the chemical industry; Frances Perkins, who helped establish Social Security; Virginia Durr, who fought to end poll taxes; Septima Poinsette Clark, an advocate for the rights of black voters; Dolores Huera, farmworker organizer; Dr. Helen Rodrigues-Trias, a reproductive rights activist; and Gretchen Buchenholz, a child advocate. The elements tying these women's lives together are a strong sense of women's rights as well as a devotion to making social change while caring for family and friends. This is an inspirational collection of biographies of women of various social, ethnic, and racial backgrounds fighting for social justice. --Vanessa Bush Copyright 2005 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Schiff, who is most notably Al Gore's oldest daughter and a lawyer and journalist, has put together a collective biography of nine outstanding American women of the 20th century-some unjustly little known. The more celebrated are Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931), an African-American journalist who brought the horrors of lynching to public attention; Mother Jones (c. 1837-1930), an Irish immigrant and lifelong crusader for workers' rights; and Frances Perkins (1882-1965), the first woman Cabinet member, appointed by FDR. Schiff also illuminates less renowned but highly influential figures, including Alice Hamilton (1869-1970) a physician and pioneer in calling attention to the dangers of industrial poisons, and Septima Poinsette Clark (1898-1987), child of a former slave, who became a teacher and tireless advocate for racial equality. Several of the subjects are still alive, like Dolores Huerta, cofounder with Cesar Chavez of the United Farm Workers, and Gretchen Buchenholz, who established the Association to Benefit Children. Schiff has done excellent research, and though her prose isn't especially stylish, she shows her heroines as fully rounded figures. She points out, for example, that Wells-Barnett's feud with the NAACP was counterproductive and that Mother Jones's opposition to women's suffrage limited her reach. (Feb. 8) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Women -- United States -- Biography.
Social reformers -- United States -- Biography.
Women social reformers -- United States -- Biography.
United States -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Publisher New York :Miramax Books/Hyperion,2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description xv, 528 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [435]-508) and index.
ISBN 9781401352189
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