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For the first 128 years of our country’s history, not a single woman served in the Senate or House of Representatives. All of that changed in November 1916, when Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress.Tracing the period between the women’s suffrage movement through the results of the 2012 election, a chronicle of women’s contributions to politics in the United States features archival photographs and portraits of such luminaries as Hattie Caraway, Patsy Mink and Shirley Chisholm.
Dare the Wind by Tracey Fern
Ellen Prentiss’s papa said she was born with saltwater in her veins, so he gave her sailing lessons and taught her how to navigate. As soon as she met a man who loved sailing like she did, she married him. When her husband was given command of a clipper ship custom-made to travel quickly, she knew that they would need every bit of its speed for their maiden voyage: out of New York City, down around the tip of Cape Horn, and into San Francisco, where the Gold Rush was well under way. In a time when few women even accompanied their husbands on board, Ellen Prentiss navigated their ship to set the world record for speed along that route.
When the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 blasted the United States into World War II, 101 American Army and Navy nurses serving in the Philippines were suddenly treating wounded and dying soldiers while bombs exploded all around them. The women served in jerry-rigged jungle hospitals on the Bataan Peninsula and in underground tunnels on Corregidor Island. Later, when most of them were captured by the Japanese as prisoners of war, they suffered disease and near-starvation for three years. This is their story of sisterhood and suffering, of tragedy and betrayal, of death and life.