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Summary

Discover the stories of 12 women who heard the call to settle the West and who came from all points of the globe to begin their journeys.

As a slave Clara watched helplessly as her husband and children were sold, only to be reunited with her youngest daughter as a free woman six decades later.

As a young girl, Charlotte hid her gender to escape a life of poverty and became the greatest stagecoach driver who ever lived.

As a Native American, Gertrude fought to give her people a voice and to educate leaders about the ways and importance of America's native people.

These are gripping miniature dramas of good-hearted women, selfless providers, courageous immigrants and migrants, and women with skills too innumerable to list. Many were crusaders for social justice and women's rights. All endured hardships, overcame obstacles, broke barriers, and changed the world. The author ties the stories of these pioneer women to the experiences of women today with the hope that they will be inspired to live boldly and bravely and to fill their own lives with vision, faith, and fortitude. To live with grit.

©2016 Marianne Monson (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc

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Lessons will be learned or will they?

Another book about female power but this one is different from those that deal in role reversal though they might pretend otherwise. These women are gutsy and resilient. the book is a series of short stories about frontier women with lessons to be learned or morals to be drawn at the end of each which I personally find stultifying which why it doesn’t get five stars. The naration is a bit childish for my taste as well. I don’t go in for feminism seeing that really it hides a reater truth that being that women generally only want a slice of the power they so despise in the hands of men but this one is interesting in its way as well as promoting girl power when it really did make a difference. It’s a feminist’s book but better than most you’ll find I think.

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  • Kathie Waters
  • 02-02-19

enjoyable and relevant

I enjoy true stories about people's lives. These did not disappoint! I like how the author discussed each at the end of the chapters. The narration was also very well done.

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  • Dana - @shebeketo
  • 07-12-17

Great stories

I enjoyed this book so much, and felt each chapter brought to life important women. I found this book very inspiring.

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  • Jane Orr
  • 14-06-21

only ok

I am not interested in the authors attempt to teach lessons on racism. Just tell the stories, your opinions are unnecessary.
The reader should just read and NOT try to do voices that she thinks the person sounded like, so phony and irritating. That works for fiction, not true stories.

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  • Faith Davis
  • 22-12-20

AMAZING Stories!!

These women's stories are inspiring & motivating! Hard work is the key. Women are AMAZING!!

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  • Andrea M. Lowry
  • 29-11-20

So very obviously a white author

I liked learning about some amazing women I did not know about before, but this book is so ethnocentrically white. It’s not explicitly racist, but it’s so white. I am white and have only recently developed am ability to even notice this. At all. I certainly do not have a full appreciation of these issues, but this particular writing stands out.

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  • Todd D. Varner
  • 19-10-20

Miss Aligned Dates

Thought this was historical, but story stated one of the subjects traveled from San Francisco to Washington DC via the Panama Canal - to see Lincoln during the Civil War. We’re some other misses too so quit listening.

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  • kai.tanaka
  • 01-09-21

Women heroes of the past

I loved everything about this book. At times it was hard to hear about issues such as human trafficking but the stories are well told and held my interest. I liked that each chapter was a short story on its own. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the women of our country who were unique in so many ways.

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  • Grigoria
  • 21-08-21

Interesting stories

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  • 16-08-21

An agenda book

The stories are interesting, but it’s another book where the author has to put in her feminist agenda.

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  • Mrs. A
  • 28-07-21

Very enjoyable

I liked all the stories and the message to be a decent human. The narration wasn't dry.