The book contains short biographies of 150 noteworthy women that from 1837-1901 who bucked the system in many different ways. Some of the them (like Louisa May Alcott, Nellie Bly, Emily Dickinson, and Carry Nation) were familiar to me. However, I thought the lesser-known females were even more fascinating. Like:
- Belva Lockwood, one of the first female lawyers in the United States who ran for President on an equal-rights platform
- Ah Toy, a San Franciscan call girl who appeared in court to sue her clients for failing to "make appropriate payment for services rendered".
- Annie Taylor, a schoolteacher who survived a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
- Amelia Bloomer, who gave her name to the divided garments for the lower body that revolutionized women's dress.
- Sarah and Adelaide Yates, who married Siamese Twins Chang and Eng Butler, and gave birth to 21 children between them