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The Book of Gutsy Women Audiobook

Women in History, Women's Studies

by Hillary Rodham Clinton
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Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea, her sister, tell the stories of the gutsy women who inspired them-women with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done.

She couldn’t be over eight years of age. “Go forward, ask your question,” her father urged. She smiled shyly, saying, “You’re my hero. Who’s yours?” Over the years, several people – especially girls-have asked us the same question. It is one of our favorite subjects.

HILLARY: I never met any girls growing up working outside the home. And I looked for inspiration at my wife, my teachers, and the Life magazine pages. I started a scrapbook of my own after hearing that Amelia Earhart kept a scrapbook featuring newspaper articles about successful women in male-dominated occupations. I continued to search for stories of women who seemed to redefine what was possible even after I finished clipping posts.

CHELSEA: This book is the continuation of a discussion that both of us had since I was little. My mom was also a hero to me; my grandmothers were like that. My early teachers were girls as well. But in a world that is very different from theirs I grew up. My doctor was a girl, so was Little Rock’s first mayor whom I remember from my childhood. Most of the moms of my close friends worked as nurses, doctors, teachers, and professors outside the home as well as in business. Yet women went into space here on Earth breaking records.

Ensuring women’s and girls ‘ rights and opportunities remains a major part of the 21st century unfinished business. While there is a lot of work to be done, we know that women have overcome the toughest resistance imaginable throughout history and around the globe to win victories that made progress possible for us all. That’s the accomplishment in this book of each of the women.

So how have they done that? The answers are as different as those of the women themselves. Civil rights activist Dorothy Height, trailblazer Edie Windsor from LGBTQ and swimmer Diana Nyad continued to push forward, no matter what. Writers like Rachel Carson and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie called something about which no one had previously dared to speak. Historian Mary Beard used wit to open once-closed doors, and Wangari Maathai, who sparked a tree-planting movement, understood the power of role modeling. Harriet Tubman and Malala Yousafzai stared in the eyes of apprehension and perseverance. For each of these women were intensely positive-they believed their efforts could make a difference. And they had the right thing.

They’re all gutsy people to us-leaders with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask tough questions, and get the job done. So we hope you will draw strength from these stories in the moments when the long haul seems terribly long. We do. Because if history shows one thing, the world needs well-being people.