Note from the Publisher:
On March 8, 2011, I was on the New York City committee for International Women’s Day. That was the day I met Norka Blackman-Richards and several members of 4 Real Women International. In the six+ years since, I have come to know and love this dynamic nonprofit organization and the fierce women who have built it.
This 100% volunteer-driven charity is celebrating its 10th anniversary in November, as they host the annual conference entitled Voices of Women (#VOWCON17). This year's theme is “Breaking Barriers in HERstory.”
As we honor the stories of women breaking barriers then and now, it is an ideal time to release Real Women’s Stories. This book reflects the incredible beauty and the burdens of life, the highs and lows of being a woman.
I am proud of the twelve brave women who are sharing their truths. There is no doubt that these deeply personal, revealing stories will prompt lively discussion in any book club.
2018 Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Mom & Me
Chapter 2: A Genuine Smile
Chapter 3: The Choice
Chapter 4: A Bundle of Love and Joy
Chapter 5: A Victory Over Violence
Chapter 6: The Historical Artist Goes Home
Chapter 7: Monica & Me
Chapter 8: Lion Lullabies
Chapter 9: Tough Girls Wear Anchors
Chapter 10: What Did I Get Myself Into?
Chapter 11: Surviving & Thriving
Chapter 12: Being Still, and Listening
Books have the power to unite strangers across time, distance, culture, and experience. They help us to feel less alone, and remind us that we are far more similar than different.
Real Women’s Stories will launch on November 12, 2017 in Brooklyn, NY (my hometown), at the Voices of Women Conference. 4RWI will receive 50% of net sales to support their innovative programs for women's independence and empowerment. For more information about VOWCON17, go to www.4rwi.org.
You can follow announcements and updates about the book at www.facebook.com/realwomensstories. Stay tuned and happy reading.
Beth Kallman Werner
Founder and President, Author Connections