Tough Mothers

Tough Mothers

Amazing Stories of History's Mightiest Matriarchs

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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Offers examples of real-life matriarchs who gave everything to protect their children and causes, from Sojourner Truth's legal campaign against slavery to Irena Sender's advocacy on behalf of young Holocaust victims.
Porath offers examples of real-life matriarchs who gave everything to protect their children and causes. The women covered range from Amanirenas, born 60 BCE in the Kingdom of Kush (the Sudan) to Benazir Bhutto, born 1952 in Pakistan. The book is arranged by maturity level, as some of the stories cover abuse, rape, self-harm, and child loss.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062796097
0062796097
Branch Call Number: 920.72 PORATH
Characteristics: xii, 244 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm

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SnoIsleLib_LindseyA Nov 06, 2018

"Your heroines were as messy and human as any of us. Love your edges and never let them go, dear reader."

Equally as delightful as Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics, this book focuses on mothers, both literal and figurative.

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In showcasing these historical mothers (both literal and figurative), Porath blends humor, irreverence, and Disney-like illustrations with respect and passion for his research. Suggested by Lindsey A.


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IrishMoon
Mar 21, 2019

This was such an interesting book! It was so good to read the history of so many amazing women, especially since the only woman I recall from my elementary school history lessons (I'm 65 years old) was Betsy Ross. I also appreciated that the book didn't only include those who would be viewed by most as female "heroes", it included strong female "villains, as well as the stories of how they grew up and much of what led to their choices in life. The artistic drawing are also amazing. I highly recommend it!

SnoIsleLib_LindseyA Nov 06, 2018

"Your heroines were as messy and human as any of us. Love your edges and never let them go, dear reader."

Equally as delightful as Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics, this book focuses on mothers, both literal and figurative.

In profiling these women, Porath blends irreverent humor with passionate respect. He has clearly done his research. I learned about many women I'd never heard of before. In fact, I'd say that over half of these names were new to me, which thrills my history-loving heart.

I think this book could have easily been titled "Rejected Princesses, Volume 2." In most cases the emphasis on motherhood is minimal. That said, I like that each woman is given a unique epithet (Juana Inés de la Cruz is The Mother of Mexican Literature, Sacajawea is The Mom Who Mapped America, Martha P. Johnson is The Godmother of the Trans Civil Rights Movement, etc.).

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