Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Amazingly Extra-Ordinary Women, written by Emily-Jane Hills Orford, is a non-fiction book that pays tribute to some of the most amazing women in history. Unfolding with tales of the early years of noted map draftswoman Phyllis Isobella (Grosz) Pearsall, artist Georgia O’Keeffe, and Benedictine nun Hildegard von Bingen, it goes on to talk about women pioneers like Shaaw Tláa, Marie Curie, Louisa Sarah Collins, and Kate Carmack. Part three of the book touches on the lives of some of the most influential women teachers like Jane Anne (Downer) Hills, Agnes Gützlaff, and Frances Hawkins. Then we learn about women who made their mark as caregivers and mothers that includes Saint Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine I, Lydia Maria Child, Anna Marie Jarvis, and
Elizabeth Harpham. In Part five, we meet women who made their mark as politicians and civil right activists like Brigitte Kwan, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Rachel Carson. The last part is a tribute to creative women in history like Anne, Duchess of Brittany, Edith Watson, Clara Schumann, and Margery Kempe.
In her book Amazingly Extra-Ordinary Women, Emily-Jane Hills Orford honors the countless women who have made a difference in the lives of others. Throughout history, there have been millions of women all over the world who have done so and in millions of different ways so that writing this book must have been a dilemma for the author. Ms. Orford, however, found a beautiful solution out of this conundrum by simply identifying the fields where these women made their marks and zeroing in on the personalities that must have made the most unforgettable impression on her.
The result is a book that is an easy, informative and enjoyable read. Although this is not a voluminous book, it surprisingly offers a wealth of information about extraordinary women in history and it is one that we are not likely to forget. This is because the author presents her subjects in such a way that we get to know these amazingly extraordinary women as real people and not just as footnotes in history.