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Anthology of Amazing Women: Trailblazers Who Dared to Be Different

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Anthology of Amazing Women: Trailblazers Who Dared to Be Different

Do you know who Jeanne Baret was? How about Harriet Chalmers Adams? What about Stamata Revithi? To be honest,  I really had no knowledge of these women, all amazing, all gifted and all mostly unrecognized for their achievements. In Sandra Lawrence’s wonderful ANTHOLOGY OF AMAZING WOMEN, these and many other feminine heroines receive their stars of recognition.  Lawrence covers women in sports, science, history, medicine, politics, art and so much more as she sweeps through their stories. So again, who was Stamata Revithi? In 1896, although she had been banned from entering a marathon, she ran it in a long skirt and it took her 5.5 hours. Never heard of her? Now you have. Oh, and did you know that Felix Mendelssohn had a very talented sister named Fanny? Here’s another story you will love!

"Lawrence embraces and charges into her life like the remarkable women she writes about....Lawrence’s book belongs in school and public libraries --- not to mention every young girl's collection."

This totally delightful book has pages of these “trailblazing” women. Some you will know like Maya Angelou, Serena Williams, Oprah Winfrey and J.K. Rowling. But if you don’t recognize those names either…they are contemporary heroines who have persisted and achieved remarkable fame --- you can read about them in ANTHOLOGY OF AMAZING WOMEN. None of these women have been fame seekers. However, they have all fought for the right to achieve in fields almost exclusive to men.

Chapters are divided by areas of achievement along with descriptions the women's lives. The author explains that most of these women have faced incredible adversity and heartache to attain their remarkable feats. For example, the great 16th century warrior Ana Nzinga who fought against slave traders and eventually became the king of her tribe (she refused to be addressed as “queen”). Oh, you didn’t know about this Amazonian woman and her army of soldiers? You’ve got to read her story!

Lawrence provides both an informative glossary and a wonderful epilogue at the end of her book.  In the epilogue she explains that her book is for young women today and all that they can and will achieve. She urges that they “take advantage of opportunities they are given and create opportunities that don’t yet exist” (page 125). She herself is the author of several other history-oriented books such as the Grisley History and Twisted History book series. A journalist and a woman of great curiosity, Lawrence embraces and charges into her life like the remarkable women she writes about. Hopefully she will pursue more “Amazing Women” stories and another book will be in the future. Along with Chelsea Clinton’s SHE PERSISTED or RAD WOMEN WORLDWIDE by Kate Schatz, Lawrence’s book belongs in school and public libraries --- not to mention every young girl's collection.

Artist Nathan Collins fantastic illustrations add another great dimension to this book.

Get ready for a stimulating and informative time discovering these daring trailblazers.

Reviewed by Sally Tibbetts on February 26, 2018

Anthology of Amazing Women: Trailblazers Who Dared to Be Different
by Sandra Lawrence and Nathan Collins