Over, Under, Around and Through: How Hall of Famers Surmount Obstacles


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Over, Under, Around, and Through named a finalist in the 2022 International Book Awards – Biography Category. 

Over, Under, Around, and Through is a winner in Women’s Literature (Non-Fiction) for the 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. 

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Inspiring experiences from true American Leaders. Encouraging and compelling stories a must-read. 

Lilly Ledbetter—Inspiration for the “Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act” 


This is a must read that reveals and helps you understand the many women who solve the problems of their space, family, community, country and the world. Their tenacity, courage, passion, compassion and persistence are documented through these stories. The authors are authentic with intention…Enjoy! 

Carlotta LaNier, Congressional Gold Medalist; President, Little Rock Nine Foundation; Author: A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School 


Concerns about mental health, exacerbated or identified because of the pandemic, are leading many people to look for ways to become more resilient and to face and work through the obstacles in their lives. Over, Under, Around and Through: How Hall of Famers Surmount Obstacles (Fulcrum Publishing) provides the secrets of how Hall of Famers overcame the obstacles in their lives to become stronger, smarter and more resilient.

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Author Jill S. Tietjen, P.E., past CEO of the National Women’s Hall of Fame; an IEEE Senior Member; a past national president of the Society of Women Engineers; a past member of the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission; and she has served as a western zone vice-president for the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.  Tietjen has also been inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.  She offers readers a positive and upbeat account of her engineering career journey, with tips and lessons for everyone – in all fields – for recognizing and taking advantage of career opportunities in this Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ebook.

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Engineering Women:  Re-visioning Women’s Scientific Achievements and Impacts

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In a well-researched overview of the professional progress of women in the U.S. since its founding, the authors describe women’s struggle for political and professional opportunity in the pursuit of equality. Focusing on the ‘learned professions’ and set in the context of an ever-changing political climate, this book covers the challenges as well as the victories within the evolving workplace. This introductory text is the first in a series examining women’s progress in specific non-traditional professions. Geared specifically for young women choosing career paths, the series is a must read for anyone about to enter the workforce.

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Engineering is still predominantly a man’s world. Women, however, have made significant inroads in the past few decades. From groundbreaking inventions to path paving for other women, female engineers are dispelling stereotypes and misguided expectations about women’s abilities in the field and in the office. Focusing on the engineering profession. its history as well as its unique obstacles, this well-researched book provides historical context as well as encouragement for would-be female engineers.

“Your book will help young women still struggling for their place in the field and will help to have true integration happen more quickly.”
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