By the 1920s, women were on the verge of something huge. Jazz, racy fashions, eyebrow-raising new attitudes about art and sex; all of this pointed to a sleek, modern world, one that could shake off the grimness of the Great War and stride into the future in one deft, stylized gesture. The women who defined this age: Josephine Baker, Tallulah Bankhead, Diana Cooper, Nancy Cunard, Zelda Fitzgerald, and Tamara de Lempicka would presage the sexual revolution by nearly half a century and would shape the role of women for generations to come.
A provocative report on the state of the pro-choice movement discusses its real-world role in the lives of today's women in spite of enduring taboos, providing coverage of such topics as abortion-recovery counseling, crisis pregnancy centers, anti-choice tactics and the threats posed to abortion medical professionals.
A portrait of the modernist poet goes beyond popularized depictions to reveal her passionate and canny nature as well as her struggles between her devotion to family and desire for freedom.
Chronicles the return of Hillary Clinton from her 2008 primary defeat to her achievements as Secretary of State, covering such topics as her decision to join Barack Obama's cabinet and her relationship with the president.
Describes the life of a young Pakistani student who advocated for women's rights and education in the Taliban-controlled Swat Valley who survived an assassination attempt and became the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Explores the life and career of the 19th-century American journalist, intellectual, and advocate of personal liberation.
Cabinet-member and forty-year friend Jonathan Aitken discusses the importance of Thatcher's strong and sometimes difficult personality on political events and decisions and includes Aitken's witness perspective at both private and public episodes of her life.
Brilliantly combining social history and biography, this never-before-told story of the independent-minded and spirited white women of the black Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s, collectively referred to as Miss Anne, explores their motivations and often misunderstood choices.
Traces the steps of six women--author Fanny Trollope, actress Fanny Kemble, economist Harriet Martineau, homesteader Rebecca Burlend, traveler Isabella Bird ,and novelist Catherine Hubback--who came to America in the nineteenth century to start new lives.
A biography marking the fiftieth anniversary of Sylvia Plath's death captures a moment in time--the month she spent in New York City in June 1953 as a guest editor for the annual college issue of "Mademoiselle" magazine.
Describes the Pink Gang, an Indian women's grassroots vigilante group, 20,000-members strong, who fight for women's rights throughout the country and highlights the stories of the women they have helped and the tactics they used.
A collection of biographical sketches of historical princesses whose real lives were wholly devoid of fairy-tale magic includes the stories of Nazi spy Princess Stephanie von Hohenlohe, mass murderess Princess Olga of Kiev and warrior mom Princess Rani Lakshmibai.
A portrait of the Victorian-era writer and Anglo-Florentine colony doyenne covers her work for the London "Times," achievements as an avid agriculturalist, and relationships with such contemporaries as Mark Twain and Bernard Berenson.
Traces the story of world-famous trapeze artist Leitzel and her star-crossed love affair with Alfredo Codona of the famous Flying Codona Brothers, chronicling her disadvantaged youth, three marriages, and achievements with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Combining personal history with dramatic historical events, this extraordinary true story of America's first female rocket scientist shows how her talent for chemistry proved essential for America's early space program.
Describes the life of the Kennedy family matriarch using information culled from her newly-made-public diaries and letters from defying her father's wishes and marrying Joseph Kennedy through the crushing tragedies that seem to plague her extensive family.
Describes what lives were like for a group of military wives, including Annie Glenn, Rene Carpenter, Betty Grissom and Louise Shepherd, who were thrust into the spotlight when their husbands became Mercury Seven astronauts and made them stars.
A biography of the author's great-aunt, jazz patroness Nica de Koenigswarter, drawing on family records to examine the traditions that shaped her youth, her marriage to Baron Jules de Koenigswarter, and her role in supporting the New York jazz world.
Documents the story of the famous courtesan who was a muse and mistress to such figures as Alexandre Dumas and Franz Liszt, tracing her upbringing in Normandy and her reinvention in Paris before becoming one of the most adored women in 1840s France.
A celebration of the work of the late Academy Award-nominated author and screenwriter collects her writings on topics ranging from journalism and feminism to food and aging, in a volume complemented by her notorious Wellesley commencement address and her recent blogs about death.
A collection of the writer's personal correspondences includes teenage reports of her 1880s Red Cloud life, letters written during her early journalism years, and the exchanges penned in observation of World War II and her own struggles with aging.