Women Who Dared

ISBN: 9781492653271

By: Linda Skeers

Published: 09/05/2017

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Women have been doing amazing, daring, and dangerous things for years, but they’re rarely mentioned in our history books as adventurers, daredevils, or rebels. This new compilation of brief biographies features women throughout history who have risked their lives for adventure—many of whom you may not know, but all of whom you’ll WANT to know, such as:

  • Annie Edson Taylor, the first person who dared to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel
  • Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman who dared to fly in space
  • Helen Gibson, the first woman who dared to be a professional stunt person
  • And many more!

This is the perfect read for anyone who wants to know what it means to explore, discover, play, climb, and fight like a girl!


Table of Contents

Anna Olga Albertina Brown (1858–1919(?)) Germany—Super Strength
Annie Edson Taylor (1838–1921) United States—Plunging into Peril
Bessie Coleman (1892(?)–1926) United States—Ace Aviator
Elinor Smith (1911–2010) United States—Fearless Flyer
Florence Chadwick (1918–1995) United States—Sensational Swimmer
Georgia "Tiny" Broadwick (1893–1978) United States—Petite Parachutist
Helen Gibson (1892–1977) United States—Stupendous Stuntwoman
Lillian Boyer (1901–1989) United States—Wing-Walking Wonder
Lillian Leitzel (1892–1931) Germany—Awesome Acrobat
Mary Lillian Ellison (1923–2007) United States—"Fabulous Moolah"
May Wirth (1894–1978) Australia—Outrageous Trick Rider
Mildred Burke (1915–1989) United States—"Queen of the Ring"
Shirley Muldowney (1940–) United Sates—Rad Racer
Sophie Blanchard (1778–1819) France—Brave Balloonist
Valentina Tereshkova (1937–) Russia—Cool Cosmonaut

Ada Blackjack (1898–1983) United States—Awesome Arctic Survivor
Barbara Hillary (1931–) United States—North and South Pole Sensation
Beatrice Ayettey (1955–) Ghana—Courageous Captain
Emma "Grandma" Gatewood (1887–1973) United States—Hiker with Heart
Dr. Eugenie Clark (1922–2015) United States—"Shark Lady"
Fanny Bullock Workman (1859–1925) United States—Courageous Climber
Fermina Sarras (1840–1915) Nicaragua—Marvelous Miner
Ida Lewis (1842–1911) United States—Lighthouse Keeper and Life Saver
Jeanne Baret (1740–1807) France—Super Sailor
Joan Bamford Fletcher (1918–1979) Canada—Remarkable Rescuer
Junko Tabei (1939–2016) Japan—Mountaineering Marvel
Libby Riddles (1956–) United States—Masterful Musher
Lillian Riggs (1888–1977) United States—Remarkable Rancher
Margaret Bourke-White (1906–1971) United States—Fearless Photographer
Mary Anning (1799–1847) England—Fossil Finder and Dinosaur Discoverer
Mina Hubbard (1870–1956) Canada—Exciting Explorer
Rosaly Lopes (1957–) Brazil—Daring Discoverer
Sylvia Earle (1935–) United States—Underwater Wanderer
Ynes Mexia (1870–1938) United States—Brave Botanist

Alia Muhammad Baker (1953–) Iraq—Lionhearted Librarian
Annette Kellerman (1887–1975) Australia—"Mermaid Queen"
Annie "Londonderry" Cohen Kopchovsky (1870–1947) Latvia—Bodacious Bicyclist
Belle Boyd (1844–1900) United States—Sly Spy
Bessie Stringfield (1911–1993) Jamaica—Amazing Motorcyclist
Ella Hattan (1859–1907(?)) United States—"Queen of the Sword"
Irena Sendler (1910–2008) Poland—Heroine of the Holocaust
Johanna July (1857(?)–1946(?)) Mexico—"Horse Whisperer"
Kate Warne (1833–1868) United States—Daring Detective
Keiko Fukuda (1913–2013) Japan—Amazing Martial Artist
Lyda Conley (1869–1946) United States—Proud Protector
Margaret "Molly" Tobin Brown (1867–1931) United States—Absolutely "Unsinkable"
Mary Edwards Walker (1832–1919) United States—Medal of Honor Winner
Mary Fields (1832–1914) United States—"Stagecoach Mary"
Minnie Spotted Wolf (1923–1988) United States—Marvelous Marine
Rose Fortune (1774–1864) United States—Courageous Cop
Susan La Flesche Picotte (1865–1915) United States—Heroic Healer
Sybil Ludington (1761–1839) United States—Heroic Horsewoman


“Young readers ages eight and up will find wonderful role models [in Women Who Dared], and the compelling stories in these pages may give them the impetus to try new things and ta...

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Format: Hardcover

Length: 9 in
Width: 7 in
Weight: 0.00 oz
Page Count: 128 pages


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