I've always been more interested in her stories than I am in histories—stories of women who have set out to do things, discover things, make their way in a man’s world, even change that world and the people in it. I was fascinated, recently, to learn about Aloha Wanderwell, the first woman to drive around the world. Like Nellie Bly and Amelia Earhart, Aloha was the product of a colossal, long-running publicity campaign that was managed by men. But quite independently of all that horn tootin', she was an amazing woman. There's more about her here--and more to the story than the Wanderwell expedition. Another woman who dreamed of a life without boundaries and never asked permission for anything.
My interest in her stories led me to Lorena Hickok, the first woman AP reporter and the woman who put Eleanor Roosevelt in the newspapers.
There's lots more about Hick and Mrs. Roosevelt in Loving Eleanor. The Kindle edition is on sale for 99 cents (such a deal!) June 9-13.
Reading note: Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.--Nora Ephron