They made a good choice! We are proud to know Donna and to have published her award winning book, Porcelain On Steel | Women of West Point’s Long Gray Line. Donna is a staunch advocate for veterans and has worked tirelessly on behalf of women veteran’s rights. The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Lindenmeyer, one of the women profiled in Donna’s book, has also been appointed to this committee.
From Dennis Lowery |
One of our authors (Porcelain On Steel), and my friend, Donna McAleer, is seeking election to Utah’s 1st Congressional District. I believe she epitomizes the type of leadership we need at all levels of government.
Read this very interesting interview with her:
From Dennis Lowery
You can’t live without encountering fear. Fear of any number of things (to many to list here but I’m sure we each have an idea of what comes to mind). My friend, and author, Donna McAleer is one of the most interesting and powerful personalities I know. She spoke recently at a TEDx event in Park City, Utah. I think you’ll find interesting her thoughts (based on her experience) and observations about facing fear.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
From Buyer Maryann Watkins
I admire women who buck the system, women who do what society tells them they can’t – or shouldn’t. And, as a high school teacher, I tell my female students they CAN do whatever they want. I also know, however, as a historian, that women in this country have always taken a back seat … and that the struggle for true equality continues to this day.
“Porcelain On Steel” is rich with inspirational stories of women who decided (for different reasons) to “invade” the all-male bastion of West Point. Their successes during those years at West Point and after thrilled me. But the treatment they received while at school (and sometimes during their Army commitment) angered me beyond belief. I knew of it, but reading it and attaching it to real women gave it a new dimension. And to think … the powers-that-be allowed that treatment to continue. They even encouraged it! I hope that the cadets who treated their fellow students this way feel some sort of shame.
Having said all that, I enjoyed the book and I hope to use it to inspire my female students whether they want a career as a military officer, doctor, lawyer, architect, U.S. Senator.
I found “Porcelain On Steel” to be a bit cumbersome at times … way too much detail about military units, etc. and I skimmed those parts. The REAL story is about the women and not which unit is attached to which command.
All in all … my hats off to these women and all women who dare to be who they are!
With the recent Amazon posted review this title now has 23 five-star reviews and one 4-star review. We are so very proud of Donna McAleer and her book. To quote from one of the reviews:
I believe good books influence your opinions or views, excellent books change your views. …I thought this book was so eye opening and inspiring I bought copies for my daughter and niece in the hope that they will read it and be as inspired as I was reading it.