Women of Consequence

By Mark Hichens
July 2013
Book Guild
Distributed by Trans-Atlantic Publications
ISBN 9781846249402
233 Pages, Illustrated
$36.50 Hardcover

History is rich in the achievements of women. Here are eleven illuminating accounts of women who made a difference: of Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War and, later, as a top authority on public health, instituting improved standards of nursing. Elizabeth Fry braved the mayhem ofwomen's prisons in the nineteenth century and read stories from the Bible to the frenzied inmates. Marie Curie toiled determinedly in a ramshackle laboratory to make a historic scientific discovery. Mother Teresa, caring for babies rescued from the gutters of Calcutta, was once a nun with only pennies in her pocket. Also included are the stories of Ninette de Valois, Lilian Baylis, Emma Cons, Baroness Burdett Coutts, Emmeline Pankhurst, Edwina Mountbatten and Dame Edith Sitwell. Certainly the eleven accomplished much, especially since women's lives were closely restricted at that time, being regarded as fit only for domestic duties at home. They were truly women of consequence.

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