Women Who Changed the World: Their Lives, Challenges, and Accomplishments through History features 200 biographies of notable women and offers readers an opportunity to explore the global past from a gendered perspective. The women featured in this four-volume set cover the full sweep of history, from our ancestral forbearer “Lucy” to today’s tennis phenoms Venus and Serena Williams.
Every walk of life is represented in these pages, from powerful monarchs and politicians to talented artists and writers, from inquisitive scientists to outspoken activists. Each biography follows a standardized format, recounting the woman’s life and accomplishments, discussing the challenges she faced within her particular time and place in history, and exploring the lasting legacy she left. A chronological listing of biographies makes it easy for readers to zero in on particular time periods, while a further reading list at the end of each essay serves as a gateway to further exploration and study. High-interest sidebars accompany many of the biographies, offering more nuanced glimpses into the lives of these fascinating women.
- Provides full global coverage of women in world history, from earliest to contemporary times
- Covers the lives of famous and less-familiar women
- Presents each woman's life within the larger context of the era and region in which she lived
- Employs the conventional written sources of historians as well as the latest archeological and genetic research tools provided by science
- Includes numerous sidebars that highlight additional information of particular interest to readers