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Just what the country needs at this moment:
wisdom from women who have seen it all

An inspiring book based on this website

Amid the rancor of the 2016 presidential campaign, one uplifting story captured the media’s attention. A website called “I Waited 96 Years!” highlighted the voices of women born before August 1920—when the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. Now they were enthusiastically casting ballots to send a woman to the White House.


The election’s shocking result left many asking how the country could possibly overcome its division and move forward. We the Resilient: Wisdom for America from Women Born Before Suffrage offers compelling answers from those who know best—the same remarkable women, between 96 and 104 years of age, who have experienced so much and endured so long. Their wisdom offers much needed perspective, reassurance, and inspiration at this critical moment.

“Hang out with like-minded people who are positive and forward-looking.

Get an education. Get involved.”

- Dorothy Barton, 98

“It’s very important to keep a sense of humor.

It helps no matter how bad things get.”

- Florence Taub Stein, 100

“To live a long life, keep breathing.

To live a meaningful life, keep doing.”

- Rose Kaufman, 102

About the Editors:

SARAH BUNIN BENOR is Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies and Linguistics at Hebrew Union College. She received her PhD from Stanford University in Linguistics. Her award-winning books include Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism (2012) and Hebrew Infusion: Language and Community at American Jewish Summer Camps (2020). She has created several websites, including the Jewish English Lexicon.

TOM FIELDS-MEYER is the author of Following Ezra: What One Father Learned About Gumby, Otters, Autism, and Love from His Extraordinary Son and coauthor of Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism. Formerly a People magazine senior writer, he has written articles for The New York Times MagazineThe Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. He assists individuals in writing memoirs and teaches memoir writing in the UCLA Extension Writers’


About the Publisher:

Luminare Press is a personal, professional, affordable self-publishing company.

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