This valuable volume profiles nine unique American women who have made lasting contributions to our society. The authors precede each bio with a short fictional scene from the woman's childhood, making her easier to relate to, and helping to explain why each chose her vocation or profession. What follows are short but complete biographies. The women included here are Jane Addams, Alice Hamilton, ""Mother"" Jones, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Juliette Low, Rachel Carson, Margaret Mead, Marian Anderson, and ""Babe"" Didrikson. Addams, Hamilton (the founder of industrial medicine), Cady Stanton, and especially Jones are inspiring role models in the realm of social and political consciousness. Low's story provides social relevance. Carson and Mead represent the environmental, cultural, and intellectual spheres of achievement. Didrikson, the extraordinary super-athlete, is revealed as a quirky, fun-loving woman who excelled at any sport she chose. But perhaps the most revelatory and dramatic story is Anderson's. Her triumph over racial inequality is a movingly beautiful testament to hard work, determination, and patience. Triumph over race and sex are important themes here. Readers will get an excellent sense of each individual woman and her personal goals.