This is a fascinating account of some of history's most inspiring women. Among the female firsts are Pharaoh Hatshepsut, a woman who ruled as king, not as queen; Christine de Pisan, Europe's first professional female writer; and Valentina Tereshkova, Russian astronaut and in 1963 the first woman in space.
History's Female Trailblazers
Author: Lynn Santa Lucia
This comparative study explores the lives of some of the women who first initiated challenges to male exclusivity in the legal professions in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Their challenges took place at a time of considerable optimism about progressive societal change, including new and expanding opportunities for women, as well as a variety of proposals for reforming law, legal education, and standards of legal professionalism. By situating women's claims for admission to the bar within this reformist context in different jurisdictions, the study examines the intersection of historical ideas about gender and about legal professionalism at the turn of the twentieth century. In exploring these systemic issues, the study also provides detailed examinations of the lives of some of the first women lawyers in six jurisdictions: the United States, Canada, Britain, New Zealand and Australia, India, and western Europe. In exploring how individual women adopted different legal arguments in litigated cases, or devised particular strategies to overcome barriers to professional work, the study assesses how shifting and contested ideas about gender and about legal professionalism shaped women's opportunities and choices, as well as both support for and opposition to their claims. As a comparative study of the first women lawyers in several different jurisdictions, the book reveals how a number of quite different women engaged with ideas of gender and legal professionalism at the turn of the twentieth century.
A Comparative Study of Gender, Law and the Legal Professions
Author: Mary Jane Mossman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
The first of its kind in English, this collection explores twenty one well established and lesser known female filmmakers from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Chinese diaspora. Sixteen scholars illuminate these filmmakers' negotiations of local and global politics, cinematic representation, and issues of gender and sexuality, covering works from the 1920s to the present. Writing from the disciplines of Asian, women's, film, and auteur studies, contributors reclaim the work of Esther Eng, Tang Shu Shuen, Dong Kena, and Sylvia Chang, among others, who have transformed Chinese cinematic modernity. Chinese Women's Cinema is a unique, transcultural, interdisciplinary conversation on authorship, feminist cinema, transnational gender, and cinematic agency and representation. Lingzhen Wang's comprehensive introduction recounts the history and limitations of established feminist film theory, particularly its relationship with female cinematic authorship and agency. She also reviews critiques of classical feminist film theory, along with recent developments in feminist practice, altogether remapping feminist film discourse within transnational and interdisciplinary contexts. Wang's subsequent redefinition of women's cinema, and brief history of women's cinematic practices in modern China, encourage the reader to reposition gender and cinema within a transnational feminist configuration, such that power and knowledge are reexamined among and across cultures and nation-states.
Author: Lingzhen Wang
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Category: Performing Arts
Through an examination of the individual life trajectories of youth who participated in an educational exchange project between Mozambique and East Germany, this book offers an alternative reading of Mozambique’s socialist past and makes a significant contribution to studies of post-socialist transitions.
East Germany in Mozambique
Author: Tanja R. Müller
Publisher: Lexington Books
Category: Social Science
"Ann Meyers Drysdale has been one of the greatest stars in the history of basketball. But her rise wasn't without controversy. Her 1979 NBA bid to play with the Indiana Pacers brought a barrage of criticism. But Ann simply wanted to play among the best. She had always competed with the guys, and she never let anyone keep her down. A female first in many categories, Meyers Drysdale was the first woman ever signed to a four-year athletic scholarship to UCLA, where she remains the only four-time Bruin basketball All American, male or female. Ann competed in five ABC Sports' Superstars, winning three in a row for the women. She became the only woman to be asked to compete in the Men's Superstars. After her athletic career Ann did color commentary for national stations, and the 1984 Olympic games with ABC. She covered the 2000, 2004, and 2008, 2012 Olympics for NBC. Ann has worked for ESPN for over 25 years, broadcasting men's and women's basketball and Championship games, and has also worked the Men's NCAA Tournament games on CBS. She continues to do work with FOX Sports and others. She and her husband Don Drysdale, legendary pitcher & announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, became the first married couple enshrined in their respective sports' Halls of Fame. Ann is the only female Vice President in the NBA (Phoenix Suns) and the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, which has won two WNBA Championships since she took over four years ago. The New York Times featured her prominently in a piece in August called "Pioneers Continue to Shepherd Women's Basketball." Time Magazine recently named her one of the ten greatest female athletes of all time"--
The Story of Ann Meyers Drysdale
Author: Ann Meyers Drysdale
Publisher: Behler Publications
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Bringing to bear a commanding knowledge of Hebrew Scripture, Osherow presents a series of case studies of biblical heroines who engage in poetry and in song. The author investigates how the cultural requirement for feminine silence informs early modern readings of these biblical characters, and furthermore, how they were used to counteract cultural constraints on women's speech. The book's chapters focus on Miriam, Hannah, Deborah, and a feminized King David.
Author: Michele Osherow
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Category: Literary Criticism
This book is the second of a two-volume anthology of primary source documents on feminism in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Unique in its extensive treatment of the first-wave feminist movement in Canada, it highlights distinct elements of its origins and evolution. The book is organized into thematic rubrics that address key issues, debates, and struggles within the first wave in Canada, as well as international influences and Canadian engagement in transnational networks and initiatives. Documents by Indigenous, Anglophone, Francophone, and immigrant female activists demonstrate the richness and complexity of Canadian feminism during this period. Together with its first volume, Documenting First Wave Feminisms reveals a more nuanced picture, attentive to nationalism and transnationalism, of the first wave than has previously been understood.
Volume II Canada - National and Transnational Contexts
Author: Nancy Forestell,Maureen Moynagh
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Category: Social Science
CHOICE OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC TITLE 2015 Do women national leaders represent a breakthrough for the women’s movement, or is women’s leadership weaker than the numbers imply? This unique book, written by an experienced politician and academic, is the first to provide a comprehensive overview of how and why women in 53 countries rose to the top in the years since World War II. Packed with fascinating case studies detailing the rise to power of all 73 female presidents and prime ministers from around the world, from 1960 (when the first was elected) to 2010, the motives, achievements and life stories of the female top leaders, including findings from interviews carried out by the author, provide a nuanced picture of women in power. The book will have wide international appeal to students, academics, government officials, women’s rights activists and political activists, as well as anyone interested in international affairs, politics, social issues, gender and equality.
Half a century of female presidents and prime ministers worldwide
Author: Skard, Torild
Publisher: Policy Press
Category: Political Science
Women Leaders of Europe and the Western Hemisphere offers short biographical entries on women, both famous and obscure, holding the reins of power from ancient times up to the present day on three continents. In addition to these alphabetically and regionally arranged entries, two essays present often astonishing anecdotes concerning many of these forgotten women, bringing them to life and imbuing their stories with all the flamboyance and drama of an epic movie. Its companion book covers women leaders from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific.
A Biographical Reference
Author: Guida M. Jackson
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Publisher: Canadian Centre Policy Alternatives
Category: British Columbia
Flags of the Fifty States is an indispensable historical reference and a fascinating, beautiful pictorial guide to the rich diversity of America's fifty states. It provides a colorful way to learn about how the United States grew and prospered and shaped itself and its banners over the years. With stunning, full-color reproductions of each flag, this book offers a thorough and eminently readable account of how and why each flag was designed, what the various symbols and figures in the flags mean, and how each flag evolved. Throughout are interesting facts and sidebars that answer such questions as why Alaska is represented by the Big Dipper, what significance the diamond has in the flag of Arkansas, which state features the Union Jack on its flag, and what impact the Civil War had on designs of the state flags of the South.
Their Colorful Histories and Significance
Author: Randy Howe
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Between 1850 and 1950, at least 115 women were lynched by mobs in the United States. The majority of these women were black. This book examines the phenomenon of the lynching of women, a much more rare occurence than the lynching of men. Over the same hundred year period covered in this text, more than 1,000 white men were lynched, while thousands of black men were murdered by mobs. Of particular importance in this examination is the role of race in lynching, particularly the increase in the number of lynchings of black women as the century progressed. Details are provided—when available—in an attempt to shine a light on this form of deadly mob violence.
The Recorded Cases, 1851–1946
Author: Kerry Segrave
The Amazing Life Story of Rhona and Rhoda Wurtele, Canada's Olympian Skiing Pioneers
Author: Byron Rempel
Publisher: Twinski Publications, SHGPH
Madam President? The question is not if, but rather when the United States will elect a female president - but timing may be the only certainty involved in shattering this most visible glass ceiling in U.S. society. Who will be included in the field of candidates for Madam President, and why? How will she have to position herself for a viable run at the Oval Office? Once in office, will she encounter gender-based biases in her handling of military and foreign affairs? Will Madam President blend seamlessly with the long line of Mr. Presidents - or will the very nature of the presidency be irrevocably changed? Anticipating Madam President's insightful blend of analysis, profiles, and interviews with prominent political women illustrates the realities of women in the upper echelons of public life, as well as the challenges likely to face a woman in one of the world's most powerful political positions.
Author: Robert P. Watson,Ann Gordon
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers
Category: Political Science
Author: University of California, San Francisco
Herald it as the coming of age of woman power or shrug it off as mere symbolism to placate all and sundry - the fact is that the glass ceiling at the highest level has been shattered. Even so, with the passage of time the novelty of having a woman President is bound to wear off, and the sole benchmark to evaluate Pratibha Patil would be her performance as the first citizen of the country. A seasoned politician and proven Congress loyalist, Pratibha Patil has the unique distinction of having won every election that she has contested in the 34 years of her long political career. Till recently Governor of Rajasthan, she will need to muster all the skills honed in the rough and tumble of politics, in the professional arena of the courtroom, and in sports stadia to uphold the dignity and decorum of the hallowed office of the President of the country. This book traces the journey of President Pratibha Patil from the small town of Jalgaon to the majestic Rashtrapati Bhawan on Raisina Hill as she assumes office as the twelfth President of India, after one of the murkiest, no-holds barred presidential elections ever, making history in the sixtieth year of India's independence.
India's First Woman President
Author: Ritu Singh
Publisher: Rajpal & Sons
Examines the political status of women in the world's governments and challenges the view that women in the United States and other countries are breaking through traditional barriers to achieve unprecendented political power. The factors that exclude women from power are detailed.
New Ways to Political Power
Author: Bella S. Abzug
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Category: Political Science
Forty-four women. Forty-four stories of incredible lives, each different from the other, but linked by the same leitmotif of excellence, perseverance and passion. This book aims at being a homage to all the women whose revolutionary discoveries and works have forever changed the history of humankind. It is for that reason, that they received the most prestigious prize of all - the Nobel Prize. By reading these biographies, you can feel to what extent society has changed from the beginning of the twentieth century to today. You will also understand how complicated it was for women born at the turn of the century to enter higher education and to be considered by their male colleagues. Unfortunately, in many fields, this attitude is still present and stronger than ever. Proportionally, only a small percentage of women have received the Swedish medal, a sign that the path to gender equality is still long. Many of them had to fight to establish themselves and make their talent known, often going against their families who saw them exclusively as wives and mothers. But they believed in themselves, had a dream, and with determination overcame every difficulty. Notwithstanding their work, all of these women, scientists, writers, organizers and spokeswomen demonstrate that with perseverance and an openness towards others, you can get where you want. As the great Rita Levi-Montalcini (Nobel Prize in Medicine) said, "The key to human existence is not love, but curiosity".
Author: Massimo di Terlizzi
Publisher: SEM - Servizi Editoriali & Multimediali
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Why are so few women in positions of power? Why are government, business, the institutions and so much of British life dominated by men? Eva Tutchell and John Edmonds find the answers by interviewing over a hundred successful women and discovering what it takes for a woman to get to the top. The statistics are startling. Britain is an 80/20 nation: 80 per cent of the most powerful jobs are occupied by men and only 20 per cent by women. Tutchell and Edmonds uncover the cultural and historical reasons for this extraordinary imbalance of power. Their book is entitled Man-Made because men have made the rules and women must do their best to fit in. In spite of its claim to be a modern nation, Britain is conditioned by a legacy that views men as doers and leaders and expects women to be helpers and supporters. Many men still judge women more by their appearance than by their ability. Most shocking of all, Man-Made reveals that the birth of children pushes the careers of most women into crisis. Mothers are paid less and promoted less. Ambitious women are tempted to make their children ‘invisible’ to employers. Man-Made provides a rigorous and convincing analysis of the inadequacy of current policy and proposes a more thoroughgoing programme to achieve fairness and equality. Tutchell and Edmonds speculate about whether a new generation of female activists can produce the political pressure to change the culture of Britain.
Why So Few Women Are in Positions of Power
Author: Eva Tutchell,John Edmonds
Publisher: Gower Publishing, Ltd.
Category: Business & Economics
From the author of Holding up the Universe and the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places. After Pearl Harbor, Velva Jean signs up for service and gets her wings, risking her life—and her heart. Velva Jean Hart, the fiercely independent heroine of Jennifer Niven's (Becoming Clementine) spectacular debut novel, Velva Jean Learns to Drive, returns in a captivating adventure that literally sends her soaring. Bristling at the limitations faced by a woman in rural Appalachia and fuelled by the memory of her late Mama telling her to "live out there," Velva Jean hits the road to pursue her dream of singing at the Grand Ole Opry. But after a string of auditions, she begins to lose hope—until her brother pays her a surprise visit and treats Velva Jean to a flying lesson that ignites a brand-new dream: to become a female pilot. Funny, poignant, and utterly unforgettable, Velva Jean Learns to Fly will have fans cheering all over again.
Book 2 in the Velva Jean series
Author: Jennifer Niven