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Ladies for Liberty

January 9, 2012 | Karin

We are always looking for books to add to the NeW Book List.  John Blundell has published a book that includes some fascinating stories about American women, Ladies For Liberty: Women Who Made a Difference in American History.  The Amazon book description states:

Throughout the United States’ history, women have played an intrinsic role in the movement for liberty. John Blundell gives a lively portrait of more than 20 leading American women who spoke out, helping to shape the political and social fabric of the United States. Ladies for Liberty combats the myth that women want, and benefit from, big government. The underlying motivation of the women portrayed in these pages was that self-determination is a virtue, and that individuals should be allowed to pursue their own ends, free from the coercion of others.

With this collection of biographies, the author seeks to inform and inspire readers. We read so much about the Founding Fathers, but far less material has been made available to introduce the ladies, smart and strong in their own right, who have helped to form the political as well as the social universe that we are proud to call America.

His selection focuses on women of Conservative/ Libertarian views, whether they were active in politics, business owners, writers or other cultural figures. Black as well as white, these women were revolutionary, some directly influencing the colonial breakaway from great Britain, some fighting for Abolition, others breaking new ground professionally. Each one not only made women’s voices heard but made it clear that women have something to say that is both valid and valuable.

This book is intended for American and British readers alike, high school and above, and all who are interested in American history, Conservative/ Libertarian politics, or Women’s Studies.

Nicole Neily was recently on Stossel to discuss the book.  You can watch the clip here.  Who is your favorite woman in American history?  Do you think the book is missing any key women?

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