The valour of strong arms was recited everywhere, while the chinking of few bangles was shut inside the house. The harsh voice of the kings resonates till today. But the shrill yet powerful words of the queen still need to be dugout. This is the common structure of all historic events and their records. A man’s history has always been archived and read while a woman’s history still remains undiscovered. However, the efforts of various scholars have paid off by unearthing the lives of inspiring and strong women in History. A significant result of this collective effort of disinterring women history is.

The book, author(s) and publisher

On October 1, 2019, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will release The Book of Gutsy WomenFavourite Stories of Courage and Resilience, with Simon & Schuster UK. Hillary Clinton is the author of #1 Sunday Times bestsellers Hard Choices (2014).  While Chelsea Clinton has authored #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted13 American Women Who Changed the World (2017). Simon & Schuster is one of the largest book publishing companies in the UK, with sister companies in Australia, Canada and India.  It contains the history of more than 100 women who have inspired Chelsea and Clinton. Hence, the book is an archive of women’s history as an epitome of strength and freedom.

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The relevance of the book as a continuum

The women featured in the book are not only from history but also include contemporary yet historic women. The book talks about Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate activist of today along with Sor Juan Inés de la Cruz, a 17th-century nun and poet whose outspoken works brought women’s role in public. Simultaneously addressing the present and the past makes the book more relevant today. It shows a continuum of inspiring women, residing both the past and the present.

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Other such stories of maverick women featured in the book are the stories of Mary Edwards Walker, a Civil War surgeon who was arrested more than once for wearing trousers. Marie Curie and her daughter Irène, who worked side-by-side in their laboratory and Rosa May Billinghurst, the suffragette who lost the use of her legs and campaigned in a tricycle for the right of women to vote, and many such more lives will be featured.

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What the authors say

Commenting on the relevance of the book, Hillary Clinton said, “Each of these women has fought and won the kinds of victories that pave the way for progress for all of us. To us, they are all gutsy women—leaders with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done. This book is a continuation of a conversation Chelsea and I have been having since she was a little girl, and we are excited to welcome others into that conversation.”

The title, The Book of Gutsy Women, is significant for its content. Chelsea Clinton said,
“The gutsy women in this book share a fierce optimism that their work and lives will make a difference in the world. And, they’re right, we hope readers will draw strength from their stories as we have because if history shows one thing, it’s that the world needs more gutsy women.”

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Rudrani Kumari is an intern at SheThePeople.TV.

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