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Rendered by women artists and writers, these intimate portraits illuminate the most influential women of our time. Liv Ullman marvels at Anne Frank's tenacious faith in the face of atrocity. Claudia Roth Pierpont explores how Virginia Woolf's atypical persona informed literature for the next hundred years. Camille Paglia champions Amelia Earhart as a pioneer who invaded the male world with gusto. The book also celebrates the fire of Angela Davis, the courage of Aung San Suu Kyi, the brains of Eleanor Roosevelt, and the brio of Ella Fitzgerald. The essays are accompanied by striking duotone photographs by such eminent photographers as Alfred Stieglitz, Man Ray, and Cecil Beaton.
"These essays on fifty women who changed the world stand out for their subjects and contributors. If Alice Walker on Zora Neale Hurston and Gloria Steinem on Marilyn Monroe don't entice you, the images by Cecil Beaton, Alfred Stieglitz, and Man Ray will."
— Marie Claire Magazine