What caught my eye was that several of the 7 women I had never heard of. The author made a great selection. My interest was piqued. That he started with Joan of Arc was perfect. A girl, age 14, did all that?
Also in the introduction this phrase caught my eye, “When I consider the 7 women I chose, I see that most of them were great for reasons that derive precisely from their being women, not in spite of it; and what made them great has nothing to do with their being measured against or competing with men. In other words, their accomplishments are not gender-neutral but are rooted in their singularity as women” .
Finally one of my favorite things about this book is that I don’t have time to read a full biography on all of these women, but I do have time to delve into a short bio. I was thoroughly pleased. This is a captivating book. Amazing lives of women who have been amazing with their circumstances and what life gave them. The author has made a classic work that will be discussed in book groups throughout the years. I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.