I would give this book ten stars if I could. While I was already well aware that African Americans face all sorts of prejudice and discrimination, this book opened my eyes to much of the history of racial bias and social and economic discrimination. It was incredibly inspiring to read the stories of these women who persevered with such grace and integrity as they worked their way against tremendous odds into a world that was overwhelmingly white and male. Reading this book helps me better understand what I’ve heard about how African Americans have to work twice as hard to get half as far. I wish everyone would read this to gain understanding and empathy and motivation to work for change, as well as inspiration from the examples of these amazing women.