They are impressive artists, scientists, businesswomen, and intellectuals. These women stand up for their ideals even when they meet resistance; they see things through and do what they think is important and right. They set the tone, challenging the status quo, and in so doing become icons and role models for the next generation. There's a good reason the women profiled in Original Woman provoke such admiration. Their pioneering, lifelong achievements in art and culture, in science and technology, politics and society set them apart from the rest, and their self-confident outlook on the world is utterly inspiring. Whether heroines from days past or contemporary women who've got what it takes to be an icon, the women featured in this book define the modern woman in all her glamour and complexity. Original Woman traces these women's stories, shining a light on their singular attitudes and revealing their secrets. The book reports on their careers and the distinctive way they lead their lives. Featuring sumptuous photographs, it takes you on an exciting journey through their biographies, their work, and their public image. Original Woman is also the tale of great courage, dedication, and hard-earned opportunities grasped and used to the full. These women are different and stand out because they are bold enough to do things in ways others haven't dared, pushing their limits and those of the people around them.