NC Literary Hall of Fame



Women and Adversity, Honoring 23 Black Women by Jo Ann A. Mathews

Jo Ann A. Mathews
$2.99, e-book
February, 2020
Anthology: American History / Women
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Women and Adversity, Honoring 23 Black Women, is comprised of sketches of Black women through America’s history up to this very day who have faced overwhelming obstacles. 

These brief sketches are not biographies and do not include all pertinent facts. They cover a meager sampling of admirable Black women, but they are examples of what the author's goal is: motivate readers to learn more about these women and to achieve their own goals no matter how challenging they seem.

The author welcomes all women, especially Black girls and young Black women, to look at these examples of strong Black women who forged ahead and cleared the path, and are still clearing the path, for those coming after them.

Throughout history women have fought for equal rights and recognition. This book makes readers aware that women have suffered and overcome adversity for centuries. The author includes icons such as Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks, as well as women forging their paths now. Grade school girls, teens and young women must have role models they can look to and say, “Yes, I can do that, too. I want to be like that person.”

Jo Ann Mathews grew up in Joliet, Illinois, and taught English and Spanish in high school before becoming a full-time freelance writer. This is her first book. She and her husband, Steve, live in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. They have two grown sons.

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