Women Who Dare

For more than 200 hundred years, the Library of Congress has been gathering the resources necessary to tell the stories of the world’s most extraordinary women. Drawing on the photographs, letters and archival material in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Women Who Dare series celebrates the lives of women who have changed the course of history through their courage and spirit, often in the face of overwhelming obstacles. Women such as:

  • Annie Etheridge, who followed her husband into the Michigan infantry during the Civil War and served as a nurse and color bearer, “standing fast under fire” at the battles of Antietam and Gettysburg.
  • Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, a fearless and electrifying speaker who scorned jail and threats on her life to help organize miners in West Virginia and Colorado.
  • Sara Bard Field, who carried a suffrage petition by car from San Francisco to President Woodrow Wilson in Washington, D.C. — before the Lincoln Highway was paved or even clearly marked.
  • Harriet Chalmers Adams, called the “foremost woman explorer of the century” by Who’s Who in America, was the only female war correspondent allowed on the frontlines in France during World War I.
  • Jo Ann Gibson Robinson, who started the boycott of Montgomery, Alabama’s buses by blanketing the city with flyers the morning after Rosa Parks’ arrest.

The Women Who Dare series is designed to give readers of all ages a spirited and entertaining introduction to the lives of notable women from the last two centuries.

Women of the Civil War chronicles the courage of women from both North and South who fought as soldiers, served as spies and worked as nurses on the war’s bloodiest battlefields.

Women of the Suffrage Movement profiles the women who gave birth to and led the struggle for equal rights and full citizenship for women – the largest reform movement in American history.

Women for Change celebrates two dozen women who spoke out, held high office, led strikes and rebelled against the status quo. Women whose personal lives were as inspiring as their public deeds.

Women of the Civil Rights Movement honors the contributions of many great women activists who may not have been in the most visible positions of the movement’s leadership, but whose work was crucial to its survival, growth, and eventual success.

Women Explorers is a lively look at the intrepid women who traveled alone to far-away places to dine with cannibals, camp with Nomads in the Sahara and climb the highest peaks on earth.

The Women Who Dare series also includes mini-biographies of Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Amelia Earhart, Marian Anderson and Margaret Mead

Contact: Lucinda Dyer




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