"As far back as I can remember, it was always on my bucket list, even before the term bucket list was coined,
to be a writer. It was a natural progression to want to go from reading books to writing one."
Still I Rise: The Persistence of Phenomenal Women
Published by Mango
When Nelson Mandela was imprisoned in South Africa’s brutal Robben Prison, he tirelessly turned to the poem "Invictus." The inspirational verse by the Victorian William Ernest Henley, penned on the occasion of the amputation of his leg. Still I Rise takes its title from a work by Maya Angelou and it resonates with the same spirit of an unconquerable soul, a woman who is captain of her fate. Just as "Invictus" brought solace to generations so does the contemporary classic. Still I Rise embodies the strength of character of the inspiring women profiled. Each chapter will outline the fall and rise of great women heroes who smashed all obstacles, rather than let all obstacles smash them. The book offers hope to those undergoing their own Sisyphean struggles. Intrepid women heroes are the antithesis of the traditional damsels in distress; rather than waiting for the prince, they took salvation into their own hands.
Celebrate girl power! Women leaders in history celebrated in this book include:
Madame C. J. Walker - first female American millionaire
Aung San Suu Kyi - Burma’s first lady of freedom
Betty Shabazz - civil rights activist
Nellie Sachs - Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize recipient
Selma Lagerlof - first woman Nobel Laureate
Fannie Lou Hamer - American voting rights activist
Bessie Coleman - first African-American female pilot
Wilma Rudolph - first woman to win three gold medals
Sonia Sotomayor - first Hispanic Supreme Court justice