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Based on candid interviews with prominent artists and scientists over age 65, this audiobook provides inspiration, support, and guidance for young women entering careers, for midcareer changers, and for women reentering the workplace after time off to rear children.
Parents, guidance and career counselors, and gender studies professors will find this book invaluable in providing women with role models who share their life stories with humor, compassion, and zest.
The author conceived of this project while a visiting research scholar at Wellesley Centers for Women in the 1990s. The stories were so compelling that she decided they must be made available to the general public rather than merely to an academic audience. The audiobook is based on extensive interviews with highly successful women scientists and artists who were ages 65 to 95 when the author met them. It is comprised of five sections:

History of women and work from the early part of the twentieth century until now
Lives through time--traces the women's stories from their formative years through the times they realized their highest achievements
Common themes found in their stories
"Lives in context" presents in-depth stories of four of the women
"Looking ahead" offers insights about what the reader can learn from the stories of these exemplary women.

©2002 Karma Kitaj (P)2015 Karma Kitaj
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 02-23-15


Karma Kitaj chose twenty-six successful women who made their mark in the early twentieth century when the roles of women in most fields were more limited than they are today. She writes about the factors that contributed to their success and the hurdles they had to overcome. These women were all prominent in their fields of science, art, music, education. I was most interested in the science women particularly the two in physics and the physician that won the Nobel Prize.

The book is well written and informative. I enjoy learning how people over come challenges and use their gifts to success in their professions and Kitaj provided me with interesting examples.

I understand Kitaj turn her academic studies into work readable by the average reader. The book is narrated by Paige Allison.

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