In a 1776 letter cautioning her husband to "remember the ladies," Abigail Adams made one of the earliest pleas for women's rights in America. How could she have known, in the years to follow, just how many strong and independent women would step forward to forge new paths in their fight for equality? Cheryl Harness illuminates our nation's history from the early 1600s to the present by telling readers about the women "who, all along, have held up half of the American sky." From poet Phillis Wheatley and nurse Clara Barton to actress Lucille Ball and architect Maya Ying Lin, the author-illustrator portrays women of all talents, races, and eras, showing how the achievements of the present have grown from the courageous actions of women throughout our history. Cheryl Harness depicts the ever-changing face of America in beautifully detailed artwork. The passion and humor in her writing reflect the attitudes of pioneers who pushed the boundaries of the feminine sphere to the limits — and then pushed a little further.