Description: While many of us can quickly name five top-achieving men of our time, many of our forefathers, and a glut of masculine trail blazers, the gap certainly exists between the presence of accomplished, world-changing career women, and the availability of books which represent their powerful voice and life giving stories.

This book is a kaleidoscope look at the lives of women who have humbly and tenaciously pushed past bristly beginnings and daunting opposition to improve systems and circumstances for those in their midst. They have defended the innocent, nurtured selflessly, and proceeded graciously, yet fearlessly past what they thought was possible. Dr. Shufeldt gathers their insights and advice through thought-provoking interviews and uncovers expert tips, and the potent truths that carried these women beyond their wildest expectations.

The women in this book include:
- Award-winning novelist Jane Hamilton, who reveals how she was discovered, writing from an apple orchard in Wisconsin and became the author of The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World, which selected as part of Oprah’s Book Club.
- World renowned environmental journalist, wildlife photographer, and TEDx Presenter, Sharon Guynup, whose investigatory pieces on wildlife conservation have been published in publications like The Smithsonian, National Geographic, and USA Today, exposing human health and endangered species issues
- Mentor, philanthropist, Attorney-CPA and 2014 Arizona Gubernatorial Candidate, Christine Jones, who served as Chief Counsel for the world’s largest domain registrar, advocating for policy that would make the internet a safer for children
- Passionate full-time physician assistant, mother of nine, and former star of WEtv’s Raising sextuplets Jenny McClendon, who balances a career and medical missions, while keeping family as her top priority
- Prolific humanitarian, minority student advocate, physician leader in the field of ophthalmology and academic, Mildred MG Olivier, MD, who is known for her work in Haiti and expert panelist appearances on the Dr. Oz Show.
- Attorney and Former Iowa State Chief Supreme Court Justice Marsha Ternus, who began as a bank teller and became the first woman to serve as chief justice in Iowa’s highest court, and fought for children and those lost in the justice system, remaining active in her community and family.

Read now and take advantage of the opportunity to get to know this diverse group of accomplished women, and let their expertise and leadership pave the path for your pursuit of excellence.  Join the ranks of the women outliers who embody empowerment and strive after greatness.


I really enjoyed this book. These women were incredibly inspirational. The book is very easy to read, perfect for a plane ride. The question-and-answer format made it super easy for me to keep focused (I can get a bit distracted when leadership books get too verbose).

Many of these women talk about gender equality, work-life balance and other contemporary issues. I especially loved Marsha Ternus and Christine Jones’ chapters. Seeing the obstacles that these women overcame in their lives was amazing. It was very easy for me to get practical tips from these women.

I am a teacher, and this book would be perfect for a women’s studies course or even a book club. Overall, it was a great read. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

Teacher by Trade

This book is primarily a question-and-answer type format, which was not what I initially expected, but it works well. I like that it highlights successful women, which we need more focus on. I will look up the other books in the Outliers series.

Amazon Customer

Loved this book. Quick, easy read. It was inspiring to read about women in so many different fields who have defied what others set out as possible for them. Sarah Buel’s chapter was by far my favorite. I am now her biggest fan. The question-and-answer format of this book kept my interest and made this book super easy to read.

Amazon Customer

Charles T. Franklin