Particular Passions

Particular Passions: Talks with Women who Shaped our Times

Frances Steloff -- On writers.

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Frances Steloff portrait by Lynn Gilbert ©1981"It wasn't anything sudden. It was my attitude toward work that made Gotham Book Mart a success. I felt that writers were very important and I wanted to do all I could for them." Frances Steloff -- Particular Passions: Talks with Women Who Shaped our Times, by Lynn Gilbert Particular Passions: Talks with Women Who Shaped Our TimesThis is one of 42 oral biographies of the pioneering women of the 20th Century.

PARTICULAR  PASSIONS recounts the rich oral histories of pioneering women of the twentieth century from the arts and sciences, athletics and law, mathematics and politics.

We share their journeys as they pursue successful paths with intelligence and determination, changing the world for the millions of women and men who were inspired by them.

These stories will captivate, educate, and inspire you. Please purchase these stories at Apple or Amazon.

Billie Jean King -- On Change

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Billie-Jean-King-wborder"People don’t change overnight. It doesn’t matter what the law says. You can have a civil rights act, you can make abortion legal, but you still have to deal with what people feel and think. And that’s what it’s all about. You slowly have to persuade people and hope they are reasonable enough to see things in a logical, objective way." Billie Jean King -- Particular Passions: Talks with Women Who Shaped Our Times. For a limited time -- enjoy the oral biography of Billie Jean King from her days on the court.

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Billie Jean King -- On the Bobby Riggs Match

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Billie-Jean-King-wborder"Take the Bobby Riggs match, for instance. To beat a fifty-nine-year-old guy was no thrill for me. The thrill was exposing a lot of new people to tennis. But the most important thing about the match was that women liked themselves better that day. In Philadelphia a few weeks later, I walked into the offices of the Bulletin to meet the editor, and all the secretaries stood up and clapped. They just went berserk. The editor said, “You have no idea what you did. The day after you played Bobby Riggs,all of these women asked for a raise.” Billie Jean King -- Particular Passions: Talks with Women Who Shaped Our Times.

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Billie Jean King -- On Winning

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Billie-Jean-King-wborder"Working to change things gives me the most long-term happiness. Performing is very temporary. To me, winning is doing what I want, what makes me happy, doing the best I can at this given moment in my life. That’s all I can ask of myself. If each person does the best with what he has, that’s winning. He’s fulfilling his own potential." Billie Jean King -- Particular Passions: Talks With Women Who Shaped Our Times, By Lynn Gilbert. For a limited time -- enjoy the oral biography of Billie Jean King from her days on the court.

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Billie Jean King -- Herstory

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Billie-Jean-King-wborder"I do something because I want to do it, not because I feel a sense of responsibility. Sacrifice is doing something you don’t want to do. Yes, I get tired, cross, lose my temper, get ticked off, and sometimes I don’t feel appreciated, but as I told the women players when we started with Gladys and Joe, “If you think that we’re going to be appreciated ten years from now, I got news for you. You should get joy and gratification out of it now. You know that you’ve done it. If that isn’t enough for you, don’t bother.” Billie Jean King -- Particular Passions: Talks With Women Who Shaped Our Times, By Lynn Gilbert. For a limited time -- enjoy the oral biography of Billie Jean King from her days on the court.

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Billie Jean King -- Herstory

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Billie-Jean-King-wborder"I was eleven when I took up tennis at the public parks in Long Beach, California. The first day I hit the tennis ball I knew I’d found what I loved doing. There was something special about hitting the ball, the way it felt. There wasn’t a doubt in my mind." Billie Jean King -- Particular Passions: Talks With Women Who Shaped Our Times, By Lynn Gilbert. For a limited time -- enjoy the oral biography of Billie Jean King from her days on the court.

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Muriel Siebert on being the first women to buy a seat on the NYSE.

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"You know, whenever you break a tradition that’s 187 years old, not everybody’s going to love you. People who had volunteered to sponsor me, when the time came, ran out the door. On the other hand, some of the toughest people turned out to be my best friends. My two sponsors were both upstairs members. I could not get anybody from the floor to sponsor me, and some of those people had promised me. That was pretty tough. That’s hard to take." Muriel Siebert on being the first women to buy a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. From her oral biography, recorded in Particular Passions: Talks With Women Who Shaped Our Times, by Lynn Gilbert.

Muriel Siebert - an excerpt from her oral biography

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WHEN A FRIEND SUGGESTED to me that I buy a seat on the New York Stock Exchange I said, “Don’t be ridiculous.” He said, “There’s no law against it.” Then it became a challenge and a game. It took me about six months until I got up the guts to do it. I kept going over it in my mind: “Gee, I want to do it, no, I don’t want to do it.” I was “hocking” myself. Four hundred and forty-five thousand dollars is a lot of money for something that isn’t tangible. I also didn’t know how many of my customers would still continue to do business with me. I was earning my living on the commissions I got from institutions based on the research I did for them, and it would mean I would have to go from an existing brokerage firm, although a small firm, to being on my own. I would still clear through a major firm so there was no risk for my customers, but until you take a step like that you don’t know how people will react. You just don’t know." Muriel Siebert - Particular Passions: Talks With Women Who Shaped Our Times, by Lynn Gilbert.

Rosalyn Yalow -- On Eureka moments.

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Particular Passions: Talks with Women Who Shaped Our Times"If you ever have a new idea, and it’s really new, you have to expect that it won’t be widely accepted immediately. It is a long, hard process. Till my dying day I will remember Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon, in the film Marie Curie, coming back to the laboratory at night and seeing the glowing that meant they had discovered radioactivity. That was exciting! They knew they had it, but it was the culmination of a long process of blood, sweat, and tears. It was followed by a good deal more blood, sweat and tears. You don’t suddenly come out of your bath and say “Eureka!” Science is only in part like that." Rosalyn Yalow -- Particular Passions: Talks With Women Who Shaped Our Times, by Lynn Gilbert.

Particular Passions: Talks with Women Who Shaped Our Times

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Particular-Passion-wborder-WEBPARTICULAR  PASSIONS recounts the rich oral historiesof pioneering women of the twentieth century from the arts and sciences, athletics and law, mathematics and politics.

We share their journeys as they pursue successful paths with intelligence and determination, changing the world for the millions of women and men who were inspired by them.

These stories will captivate, educate, and inspire you.

Particular Passions is available on Apple   and Amazon.