American Heroines: The Spirited Women Who Shaped Our Country by Kay Bailey Hutchison

By Kay Bailey Hutchison

So long as there was an the US, the indomitable spirit of yankee girls has formed either the country's historical past and society. whatever the time and position those ladies have been born each one excelled in her respective box, making it more uncomplicated for the subsequent iteration. this can be what makes them heroines.

In American Heroines, Kay Bailey Hutchison offers girl pioneers in fields as diversified as govt, company, schooling and healthcare, who overcame the resistance and prejudice in their instances and entire issues that no woman–and occasionally no guy –– had performed earlier than. Hutchison, a pioneer in her personal correct, turned the 1st girl elected to the U.S. Senate from the nation of Texas.

Interspersed with the tales of America's historical girl leaders are tales of today's girls whose successes are basically associated with these predecessors. could Sally journey were given the opportunity to orbit the earth had Amelia Earhart no longer flown solo around the Atlantic Ocean fifty years sooner than? Had Clara Barton now not nursed wounded squaddies on Civil warfare battlefields, relief would possibly not have reached the hundreds of thousands it did whereas the purple move used to be within the arms of girls like Elizabeth Dole and Bernadine Healy. Had Oveta Culp pastime now not been appointed the 1st Secretary of the dep. of well-being and schooling by means of President Eisenhower, the rustic can have been disadvantaged of such leaders as Secretary of nation Madeline Albright and nationwide safeguard consultant Condoleeza Rice.

As a tender lady, Senator Hutchison dreamed of an the US the place the qualifier "the first woman" had turn into out of date. The profiles contained in American Heroines, illustrate how her dream is coming actual, one brave step at a time.

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Ardía de inquietud y de cólera. Como ves, ahora también me enciendo al acordarme de la cinta morada. Espera, déjame los polvos, voy a arreglarme un poco. Así, gracias, ya estoy mejor. Después llegó el mozo y yo volví a meter todo en la cartera: las tarjetas de visita, el carnet del colegio de ingenieros, el dinero y aquella cinta morada que era tan importante para mi marido que había llamado desde la fábrica en un estado de alteración total para decir que mandaba al mozo a buscarla. A continuación me quedé allí de pie, considerando mi firme decisión y con una ardiente cólera hirviendo en mi corazón, sin entender nada.

Pregunté con vehemencia—. ¿Quién le ha hecho daño? El rostro de la anciana dama, aquella mujer inteligente y sensible, se ensombreció aún más. —Es difícil —respondió—. Es muy difícil responder a esa pregunta. Apartó las agujas de hacer punto con un suspiro. —¿Nunca te ha hablado de su juventud? —Claro que sí —dije—, a veces. A su manera... Con una risa nerviosa, extraña, como quien se avergüenza de hablar de cosas personales. Me ha hablado de algunas personas, de varios amigos... Pero nunca me ha dicho que alguien le hubiera hecho daño.

Por una vez era yo la que lo esperaba con paciencia. Se cambió en un momento y salimos. En el coche ninguno de los dos habló. Vi que estaba cansado, que tenía la cabeza en otra parte. El corazón me latía con fuerza, pero a la vez sentía una calma asombrosa. Sólo sabía que aquella noche se decidiría mi destino. Iba sentada a su lado con corrección, perfumada y mortalmente tranquila, con mi espléndido peinado, mi capa de zorro azul, mi vestido de seda blanco y el ramito morado encima del corazón.

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