By A Correspondent
London: Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will publish The Book of Gutsy Women: Favourite Stories of Courage and Resilience on 1st October 2019, with Simon & Schuster UK.
Celebrating the women who have inspired them throughout their lives, The Book of Gutsy Women will feature portraits of more than 100 women, celebrating the histories that all too often get overlooked or are left unwritten.
The women featured in the book range from Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate activist whose Asperger’s syndrome has shaped her advocacy, to Sor Juan Inés de la Cruz, a 17th-century nun and poet whose outspoken views on women’s role in society scandalized audiences.
Other stories include: Mary Edwards Walker, a Civil War surgeon who was arrested more than once for wearing trousers; Marie Curie and her daughter Irène, who worked side-by-side in their laboratory; Rosa May Billinghurst, the suffragette who lost the use of her legs and campaigned in a tricycle for the right of women to vote, Shirley Chisholm, who ran for US president in 1972 and paved the way for generations of women in office; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first woman to lead an African country; Manal al-Sharif, who captured the world’s attention in 2011 when she filmed herself driving a car in defiance of Saudi custom; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, whose wry and wise observations about feminism have changed the conversation; Ellen DeGeneres, who broke barriers in media and entertainment while making audiences laugh; as well as heroines in the Secretary and Chelsea’s own circles of friends and family, and more.
Secretary Clinton said: “Each of these women has fought and won the kinds of victories that pave the way for progress for all of us. To us, they are all gutsy women—leaders with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done. This book is a continuation of a conversation Chelsea and I have been having since she was a little girl, and we are excited to welcome others into that conversation.”
“The gutsy women in this book share a fierce optimism that their work and lives will make a difference in the world. And, they’re right,” said Chelsea Clinton. “We hope readers will draw strength from their stories as we have, because if history shows one thing, it’s that the world needs more gutsy women.”
Ian Chapman, Simon & Schuster UK CEO said, “This book has some astonishing stories of inspirational women and, in sharing what they have meant to them, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton give us an insight into what has made them who they are. We could not be prouder to be publishing this book in the UK this autumn.”
Carolyn Reidy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Simon & Schuster, Inc. acquired world publishing rights in all formats of the book from attorney Robert B. Barnett of Williams & Connolly, who represents Secretary Clinton. Chelsea Clinton is represented by Tara Kole. THE BOOK OF GUTSY WOMEN will be edited by Simon & Schuster Inc Vice President & Executive Editor Priscilla Painton and Fritha Saunders, Editorial Director Non-Fiction, in the UK. Simon & Schuster UK publishes the book simultaneously with Simon & Schuster Inc, and its international companies in Australia, Canada, and India, and also as an audiobook read by the authors.
Secretary Clinton’s previous books include IT TAKES A VILLAGE (1996); DEAR SOCKS, DEAR BUDDY: Kids’ Letters to the First Pets (1998); AN INVITATION TO THE WHITE HOUSE: At Home With History (2000); LIVING HISTORY (2003); and #1 Sunday Times bestsellers HARD CHOICES (2014); and WHAT HAPPENED (2017). All of her memoirs have been instant #1 New York Times bestsellers.
Chelsea Clinton is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller SHE PERSISTED: 13 American Women Who Changed the World (2017); DON’T LET THEM DISAPPEAR: 12 Endangered Species Across the Globe (2019); SHE PERSISTED AROUND THE WORLD: 13 Women Who Changed History (2018); START NOW! You Can Make a Difference (2018); IT’S YOUR WORLD: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! (2015); and, with Devi Sridhar, GOVERNING GLOBAL HEALTH: Who Runs the World and Why?(2017).