Lighting the Way by Karenna Gore Schiff
Nine Women Who Changed Modern America

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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 wasn't living up to its promise and fought to alter it.

The women she's 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 nation's 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.

 

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Published February 8, 2006 by Miramax. 544 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Young Adult. Non-fiction

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Important reading for young and old alike.

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Lawyer and activist Schiff resurrects nine little-known heroines who played a crucial role in America's humanitarian development.

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Karenna Gore Schiff profiles nine influential campaigners for social change.

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I jumped at the chance to read and review LIGHTING THE WAY, Karenna Gore Schiff's first book.

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