Friday, March 22, 2013

Review # 289: Women Will Save the World by Caroline A. Shearer

Description: (from Amazon)
     Leading women across the nation celebrate the feminine nature through stories of collaboration, creativity, intuition, nurturing, strength, trailblazing, and wisdom in "Women Will Save the World." Inspired by a quote from the Dalai Lama, bestselling author and Absolute Love Publishing Founder Caroline A. Shearer brings these inherent feminine qualities to the forefront, inviting a discussion of the impact women have on humanity and initiating the question:
Will Women Save the World?

      At the Vancouver Peace Summit in September 2009, the Dalai Lama announced, "The world will be saved by the Western woman." Shearer was struck by this statement and immediately felt drawn to explore the subject. She joins essays from modern-day Olympians, Billboard-topping musicians, visionary media professionals, artists, authors, and more with profiles of historical women, such as Mother Teresa, Harriet Tubman, and the founder of Junior League, each who saved the world in their own ways.


  • Dozens of essays from leading women across the nation
  • Profiles of historical women who saved the world through the feminine qualities of collaboration, creativity, intuition, nurturing, strength, trailblazing, and wisdom
  • Affirmations to help strengthen these inherent feminine qualities
  • Little-known historical timeline with examples of how women have saved the world in myriad ways; and
  • Ways to celebrate your femininity.
     Women whose essays appear in the book include Kathleen Aston, Mary Ellen Ciganovich, Jenny Craig, Leslie Davenport, Rochelle Forrest, Sally Franz, Terry Grahl, Sarah Hackley, Elizabeth Harper, Michelle Hastie, Catrice Jackson, Kiva Leatherman, Sue Lee, Carmel Maguire, Katie McCorkle, Shannon Miller, Shirley W. Mitchell, Kate Neligan, Gayle Newhouse, Kathryn Peters-Brinkley, Dea Shandera, Becky Sheetz-Runkle, Lorelei Shellist, Beverly Solomon, Dr. June Stinchfield, Alicia Vargo, Donna Visocky, Tené Williams, and Amethyst Wyldfyre.


     In honor of Women's History Month, I decided to read a collection of essays that were by women, about women, and for women. The idea behind Caroline A. Shearer's Women Will Save the World immediately intrigued my feminine side. This unique and thought-provoking essay-driven anthology was easy-to-read, packed with womanly wisdom, and highly motivational. The short sections were perfect for reading on-the-go and could be read in any order; I read a section or two each morning, contemplating and discussing what I had learned throughout my day. The research was evident and I enjoyed reading the thoughts of both historical and modern women alike. I thought that most of the essays were well-written, inspirational, and uplifting, however I found that a small percentage of stories fell flat, lacking depth. I would have loved if some of the sections had been longer, allowing for more detail, especially the Historical Profiles. I enjoyed learning about the women who have truly changed the ways of the modern world - Louisa May Alcott, Mother Teresa, Florence Nightingale, Harriet Tubman, Nellie Bly, Anne Frank, Eleanor Roosevelt, and even Jenny Craig. I recognized the historical figures, but I really did not know much about the contributions of modern women. It is amazing that just a few wise words can inspire such a beautiful and meaningful collaboration. The Dalai Lama's words, "The world will be saved by the Western woman.", definitely hit a chord within me and with women across the nation. It is indeed a wonderful time to be a women, and I rejoice in the fact that the women who have gone before me paved the way, and made my dreams more than just a possibility. Every woman should know their gender-history because our pasts make us stronger. Highly recommended!

Rating: On the Run (4.5/5)

*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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