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First Achievements by Women, Told in Their Own Words
Inspirational women tell their stories in their own words in this young people’s edition of FIRSTS: Women Who Are Changing the World, the groundbreaking book of pioneers based on the multi-platform documentary project from TIME Magazine. She Changed the World is essential reading for girls who crave information about their sheroes, including Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Aretha Franklin, Selena Gomez, Rita Moreno, Nancy Pelosi, Shonda Rhimes, Serena Williams, Mo'ne Davis, and Oprah Winfrey. More than 30 women are profiled in this gift book showcasing women in all spheres of life: business and politics, the arts and sciences, sports and academics.
Distilled for young audiences from an online project and its earlier print spinoff, [She Changed the World] offers both third-person biographical thumbnails and original one- or two-page statements from women in a range of professions. As role models, the usual suspects (Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, Maya Lin) are interspersed with some venturesome choices (Kellyanne Conway, Rachel Maddow, transgender TV actor Candis Cayne), but common themes emerge in their experiences—being "the only woman in the room," for instance, and the struggle to overcome "the curse of perfectionism." If some remarks read like aspirational boilerplate, there is enough individual voice in most to convey strength of character and steadiness of purpose. Each entry features a recent, formal color portrait; most also include additional, sometimes early photos. Reasonably inclusive if parochial in geographic scope and with a message that Aretha Franklin puts most pithily: "We're coming."— Kirkus Reviews