This well-constructed if somewhat overwritten collective biography profiles eight Jewish women of this century. From Rose Schneiderman, a union activist in New York City who founded the ILGWU in 1903, to Yael Arad, Israel's first Olympic medalist (in judo, in 1992), Segal highlights the accomplishments of remarkable women. Among her varied heroines: Ida Kaminska, queen of the Yiddish theater; Henrietta Szold, a founder of Hadassah; and Nehama Leibowitz, one of the most influential teachers of Torah in the world. Valuable for bringing the lives of these women to the attention of middle-school children, Segal's book synthesizes material not otherwise readily available to this audience. With contemporary black-and-white photographs.