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Remember the ladies : 100 great American women
Harness, Cheryl.
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Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
A chronologically arranged collection of profiles of 100 notable American women, ranging from Virginia Dare to Oprah Winfrey.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.2 1.0 46314.

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HQ1410 .C67 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
HQ1410 .C67 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
HQ1410 .C67 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
HQ1410 .C67 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
HQ1410 .C67 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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In a letter cautioning her husband to "Remember the Ladies," Abigail Adams makes a plea for women's rights. She realized that women had the potential for greatness if only their brethren would, as Sarah Grimke wrote in 1838, "take their feet from off our necks."

Cheryl Harness introduces readers to 100 illustrious American women. From colonial poet Phillis Wheatley and Civil War nurse Clara Barton to comic actress Lucille Ball and Vietnam Memorial architect Maya Ying Lin, she highlights ladies of all talents, races, and eras.

Cheering the advancements of recognizable leaders, the author also introduces readers to less familiar but equally important women. Her passion and humor reflect the attitudes of pioneers who pushed the boundaries of the feminine sphere to the limits -- and then pushed a little further.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-7. Here's an ambitious project: profiles of 100 great American women with no more than a few lines of introduction. The concept has both pluses and minuses. Some of the negatives are obvious: so little space for each woman that sometimes the information raises more questions than it answers ("Mother Ann" Lee led a religious group, but what exactly were Shakers?) There will be questions about the women who were left out, and also a few about those who were included (Martha Stewart?). For the most part, however, the short paragraphs do convey some sense of the women's accomplishments, if not of the women themselves. In an afterword, Harness acknowledges that readers may disagree with her list and invites them to make lists of their own. The well-conceived oversize format shows off Harness' watercolor art, which sweeps across two-page spreads as portraits of the subjects nestle in the text. Native and African American women are well represented across the centuries; other minorities less so. There's plenty of interesting back matter to propel readers forward. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

"In her signature style, the author/artist offers brief biographies within a larger history of women," wrote PW. Beginning with Virginia Dare, the first English child born in America in 1587, she proceeds to Pocahontas, Abigail Adams (whose quote inspires the title), and closes with Ruth J. Simmons, the African-American president of Smith College. Ages 8-up. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-Borrowing her title from a statement made by Abigail Adams to her husband, Harness has carefully selected 100 women deserving of such remembrance. Twenty double-page spreads take readers through American history, from the "New World" through the "Turn of the Millennium." Each chapter offers a paragraph about the era covered and introduces a few of its important women. The watercolor paintings are colorful, inviting, and lighthearted. At the end of the book, the author muses about what Abigail Adams might think about the United States in the 21st century. In the illustration, Adams gazes into a computer monitor, surrounded by such "pals" as Eleanor Roosevelt, Emma Hart Willard, and Maya Angelou. A pictorial time line showing all of the women standing in chronological order sums up the book. Brief lists of historic sites and women's organizations are appended. This easy-to-browse title offers a broad yet cursory look at exemplary American women. As such, it is a lively overture to well-known (and should be well-known) historical figures. Students, however, will need to look elsewhere to find the real nitty-gritty on the individuals covered here. Sue Heinemann's The New York Public Library Amazing Women in American History (Wiley, 1998) is another accessible overview of the subject. While not a primary choice, Remember the Ladies should inspire classrooms focusing on women in American history.- Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.