19 Stars of Indiana

19 Stars of Indiana

Exceptional Hoosier Women
Michael S. Maurer
Foreword by Jo Ann Gora
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/15/2008
ISBN: 978-0-253-00270-9
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The 19 outstanding contemporary Hoosier women profiled by Michael S. Maurer—one for each star in the Indiana state flag—are leaders and pioneers who have excelled in a variety of pursuits, including law, business, philanthropy, government, medicine, music, art, athletics, religion, and education. Among the inspiring life stories are those of the first woman named chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Indiana, the first to establish a Holocaust museum in the state, and the first woman elected Indiana's lieutenant governor. Maurer also introduces international golf and billiards champions, opera singers, a rabbi, the founders of Vera Bradley Designs and For Bare Feet, and others. Many of these women led heart-pounding lives. All worked hard, and with zeal, to achieve their dreams. Indiana women of every generation will enjoy and appreciate their stories.

Sarah Evans Barker
Mary Bolk
Angela M. Brown
Alecia A. DeCoudreaux
Christel DeHaan
Nancy Shepherd Fitzgerald
Eva Mozes Kor
Jeanette Lee
Sylvia McNair
Patricia R. Miller
Nancy Noël
Mercy Okanemeh Obeime
Jane Blaffer Owen
Ora Hirsch Pescovitz
Ernestine Raclin
Sharon Rivenbark
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
Becky Skillman
Carolyn Y. Woo
Published in association with IBJ Media, Indianapolis

Author Bio

Michael S. Maurer served as Indiana Secretary of Commerce under Governor Mitch Daniels. He is a regular columnist for the Indianapolis Business Journal and an irregular contributor to the New York Times crossword puzzle. He is author of Water Colors: The Photographs of Michael S. Maurer. He lives in Carmel, Indiana.


"With all the remarkable women Indiana has produced, Mickey's toughest task had to be deciding whose stories to leave out. Any reader not already aware will emerge understanding what a governor sees every day; Indiana is home to America's greatest women." —Indiana governor Mitch Daniels

"The light and beauty of each of the
19 Stars are eloquently captured and radiate in the stories of these Exceptional Hoosier Women, who have truly made a difference within and beyond the borders of our state. Each of the women created possibilities and opportunities through a relentless commitment to excellence in spite of, or perhaps because of, the challenges and adversities she faced along the way. Their stories will inspire generations of young women who may follow in their footsteps or be emboldened to forge their own uncharted paths to excellence." —Jennifer Pope Baker, Director, Women's Fund of Central Indiana

"The women profiled in
19 Stars of Indiana are truly an inspiration to us all. Each is leading an extraordinary life and accomplishing amazing things. The success and dedication of these women prove that regardless of the challenges you face, if you are committed to what you believe, you can have great success and improve the community around you." —Angela F. Braly, President and CEO, WellPoint, Inc.

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Jo Ann Gora
Map of Indiana
1. Eva Mozes Kor: An Indomitable Survivor
2. Christel DeHaan: The Entrepreneurial Philanthropist
3. Sarah Evans Barker: The Role of a Lifetime
4. Sylvia McNair: Taking the Leap
5. Sharon Rivenbark: Sock it to Me
6. Alecia A. DeCoudreaux: Living Her Dreams
7. Jane Blaffer Owen: The Buckwheat Bride
8. Ernestine Raclin: First Lady of South Bend
9. Nancy Shepherd Fitzgerald: A Champion On and Off the Course
10. Carolyn Y. Woo: Breaking the Mold
11. Angela M. Brown: Lifetime of Preparation - Overnight Sensation
12. Ora Pescovitz: The Juggler
13. Mary Bolk: A Woman of Valor in an Army of Men
14. Nancy Noël: A Portrait of Beauty and Grace
15. Becky Skillman: Good Neighbor, Determined Leader
16. Sandy Eisenberg Sasso: A New Kind of Storyteller
17. Mercy Okanemeh Obeime: The People's Champion
18. Jeanette Lee: "The Black Widow"
19. Patricia R. Miller: It's in the Bag