Women and Adversity

Women and Adversity: Left to Chance by Amy Sue Nathan

July 12, 2018

Teddi Lerner, the protagonist in Amy Sue Nathan’s third novel Left to Chance, has much adversity to conquer: loss, grief, love and acceptance. The loss of her best friend, Celia, drives her t ...

Women and Adversity: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Poet

June 28, 2018

More recognizable than almost any other poem in the English language is Sonnet 43 from Sonnets from the Portuguese: “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Elizabeth Barrett Brownin ...


June 14, 2018

I featured Rula Jebreal and her background on this blog in August 2016 (link: https://wp.me/p4szxH-yQ) after reading her semi-autobiographical novel Miral ...

Women and Adversity: Beverly Sills, Opera Singer

May 24, 2018

Although Beverly Sills attained world-wide fame for her phenomenal singing ability as a coloratura soprano and opera singer, the tragic part of her life is that her two children had disabilities. ...

Women and Adversity: Louisa May Alcott, Author

May 10, 2018

Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, Little Women, The story of the four March sisters, which she based on her own family, is close to my heart because I have two sisters. My mother had four sis ...

Women and Adversity: Sue Grafton Novelist, Kinsey Millhone Alphabet series

April 26, 2018

The alphabet ended at Y for Kinsey Millhone and Sue Grafton in December 2017, much to the grief of all Sue Grafton’s fans for two reasons: Sue Taylor Grafton passed away of cancer Decembe ...

Women and Adversity: Dena and Rebecca Lindgren Fictional sisters in Outside the Limelight, Book 2 in the Ballet Theatre Chronicles series By Terez Mertes Rose

April 12, 2018

Somehow this book got into my Kindle, and I couldn’t ignore it. Tutu, plié and barre are about the only ballet terms I knew until I read Outside the Limelight, but this novel’s message ...

MARCH: WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH Women and Adversity: Zora Neale Hurston Anthropologist, Author, Civil Rights Activist

March 22, 2018

Crossword puzzle enthusiasts will recognize the name Zora Neale Hurston, although they may not know what her accomplishments are or why she’s to be remembered. She is another example of a wo ...

MARCH: WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH Women and Adversity: Harriet Tubman Famous “Conductor” on Underground Railroad

March 8, 2018

Harriet Tubman led hundreds of slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad, that complex system of safe houses to the north. Believing she was to be sold, she escaped slavery in 1849 and cam ...

Women and Adversity: Jane Stanford Co-founder, Stanford University

February 22, 2018

Jane Lathrop Stanford experienced heartbreak and tragedy during her lifetime and had a tragic death. Born Jane Elizabeth Lathrop in 1828 in Albany, NY, she received an education, part of whic ...


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