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Discover the stories of 12 women who heard the call to settle the West and who came from all points of the globe to begin their journeys.

As a slave Clara watched helplessly as her husband and children were sold, only to be reunited with her youngest daughter as a free woman six decades later.

As a young girl, Charlotte hid her gender to escape a life of poverty and became the greatest stagecoach driver who ever lived.

As a Native American, Gertrude fought to give her people a voice and to educate leaders about the ways and importance of America's native people.

These are gripping miniature dramas of good-hearted women, selfless providers, courageous immigrants and migrants, and women with skills too innumerable to list. Many were crusaders for social justice and women's rights. All endured hardships, overcame obstacles, broke barriers, and changed the world. The author ties the stories of these pioneer women to the experiences of women today with the hope that they will be inspired to live boldly and bravely and to fill their own lives with vision, faith, and fortitude. To live with grit.

©2016 Marianne Monson (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc

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  • Kathie Waters
  • 02-02-2019

enjoyable and relevant

I enjoy true stories about people's lives. These did not disappoint! I like how the author discussed each at the end of the chapters. The narration was also very well done.

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  • Dana - @shebeketo
  • 07-12-2017

Great stories

I enjoyed this book so much, and felt each chapter brought to life important women. I found this book very inspiring.

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  • Faith Davis
  • 22-12-2020

AMAZING Stories!!

These women's stories are inspiring & motivating! Hard work is the key. Women are AMAZING!!

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  • Todd D. Varner
  • 19-10-2020

Miss Aligned Dates

Thought this was historical, but story stated one of the subjects traveled from San Francisco to Washington DC via the Panama Canal - to see Lincoln during the Civil War. We’re some other misses too so quit listening.

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  • Jane Orr
  • 14-06-2021

only ok

I am not interested in the authors attempt to teach lessons on racism. Just tell the stories, your opinions are unnecessary.
The reader should just read and NOT try to do voices that she thinks the person sounded like, so phony and irritating. That works for fiction, not true stories.

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  • Selena Dalrymple
  • 27-04-2021

waste of time

The author is very politically motivated. I wasted my time on this book. I would have rather watched paint dry.

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  • Rachel
  • 20-03-2021

Informed range of experience chronicled

I really enjoyed the wider than usual range of pioneer experience chronicled in this book. Many of the stories shared points of view and perspective that has continued to stay with me and make me reevaluate the world I live in now

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  • Toni
  • 30-12-2020

Diverse and beautiful

Refreshing look into history from a female perspective. I felt motivated and elated after hearing each one. So much emotion and love in each story!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-12-2020

Worth it

Fascinating and well read. Each chapter is a different frontier woman and can be read alone or in sequence. The author has a nice voice and way of reading. Overall very rhought provoking as well. Skip the intro notes and just start at chapter 1 though.

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  • Andrea M. Lowry
  • 29-11-2020

So very obviously a white author

I liked learning about some amazing women I did not know about before, but this book is so ethnocentrically white. It’s not explicitly racist, but it’s so white. I am white and have only recently developed am ability to even notice this. At all. I certainly do not have a full appreciation of these issues, but this particular writing stands out.

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  • Rose
  • 21-03-2018

Lessons will be learned or will they?

Another book about female power but this one is different from those that deal in role reversal though they might pretend otherwise. These women are gutsy and resilient. the book is a series of short stories about frontier women with lessons to be learned or morals to be drawn at the end of each which I personally find stultifying which why it doesn’t get five stars. The naration is a bit childish for my taste as well. I don’t go in for feminism seeing that really it hides a reater truth that being that women generally only want a slice of the power they so despise in the hands of men but this one is interesting in its way as well as promoting girl power when it really did make a difference. It’s a feminist’s book but better than most you’ll find I think.

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