In this luminous volume, New York Times bestselling writer Julia Pierpont and artist Manjit Thapp match short, vibrant, and surprising biographies with stunning full-color portraits of secular female “saints”: champions of strength and progress. These women broke ground, broke ceilings, and broke molds—including Maya Angelou • Jane Austen • Ruby Bridges • Rachel Carson • Shirley Chisholm • Marie Curie & Irène Joliot Curie • Isadora Duncan • Amelia Earhart • Artemisia Gentileschi • Grace Hopper • Dolores Huerta • Frida Kahlo • Billie Jean King • Audre Lorde • Wilma Mankiller • Toni Morrison • Michelle Obama • Sandra Day O’Connor • Sally Ride • Eleanor Roosevelt • Margaret Sanger • Sappho • Nina Simone • Gloria Steinem • Kanno Sugako • Harriet Tubman • Mae West • Virginia Woolf • Malala Yousafzai Open to any page and find daily inspiration and lasting delight. I envision giving this beautiful, fun and empowering book to my teen niece to inspire her. Like a traditional book of saints, each woman featured in the book has her own "feast day." Although not every day is covered, one can read about a couple powerful and inspiring women per week to get you thinking. There are about 99 "saints" featured in all. The diversity of women covered is tremendous - you have Oprah, Malala, Madonna - as well as some pretty fantastic women I've never heard of such as Wangari Maathai (from Kenya), matron saint of sustainability; and Yayoi Kusama (from Japan), matron saint of visionaries. From many ethnicities and many countries. Each "matron saint" gets a beautiful black and white portrait and a full page bio about her accomplishments.