Photographer Michael Cunningham (coauthor of Crowns)Â and author Connie Briscoe, a New York Times bestsellingÂ novelist, profile 50 women over the age of 50 who have been remarkably successful--whether in reaching the top of theÂ corporate ladder, finding fame in politics or the arts, orÂ raising a son to be proud of a single mother--and revealÂ the ways that they have prevailed despite daunting obstacles.Â Their stories are paired with Cunningham's intimateÂ portraits of the women.
JEWELS includes well-known and little-known womenÂ alike, from teachers and executives to artists, authors, andÂ entertainers. Among the celebrities profiled in the book areÂ Ruby Dee, Eleanor Holmes Norton, S. Epatha Merkerson,Â and Marion Wright Edelman. Coauthor Connie Briscoe alsoÂ appears here as one of the featured Jewels, telling herÂ inspiring personal story. World-renowned poet, writer,Â commentator, activist, and educator Nikki GiovanniÂ contributes an original poem to the book.