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Ordinary women, extraordinary lives : women in American history
Lindenmeyer, Kriste, 1955-
Publication Information:
Wilmington, Del. : SR Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
xix, 282 pages 24 cm.
Rebecca Dickinson: a life alone in the early republic / Marla R. Miller -- Susanna Haswell Rowson: America's first best-selling author / Patricia L. Parker -- Sacagawea: a historical enigma / Laura McCall -- Caroline Healey Dall: transcendentalist activist / Helen Deese -- Mary S. Gove Nichols: making the personal political / Jean Silver-Isenstadt -- Eliza Johnson Potter: traveler, entrepreneur, and social critic / Wilma King -- Ada Adelaine Adams Vogdes: "Follow the drum" / Michele Nacy -- Teresa E. Wooldridge Ivey: constructing an ideal southern lady / Angela Boswell -- Gertrude Osterhout: "I am independent" / Margaret Breashears -- Margaret Olivia Slocum, "Mrs. Russell Sage": private griefs and public duties / Ruth Crocker -- Nellie Wiegel: "How about that?!" / Katherine Osburn -- Ah Cum Kee and Loy Lee Ford: between two worlds / Sue Fawn Chung -- Catherine Kenny: fighting for the perfect thirty-sixth / Carole Stanford Bucy -- Willie Webb: one woman's struggle for civil rights during World War II / Andrew Kersten -- Ethel Thomas Herold: doing "women's work" in a Philippines at war / Theresa Kaminski -- Betty Flanagan Bumpers: an "ordinary mother" dedicated to peace / Paula Barnes -- Margarita "Mago" Orona Gandara: frontera muralist/artist / Miguel Juarez.

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CT3260 .O67 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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An introduction to the contrasts and continuities of American women's experiences through nearly four centuries. This book includes women's rights, suffrage, education, health, 'women's liberation, ' relations between the sexes, and marriage

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As the title implies, this is a crazy quilt of short biographies of largely unknown women whose lives failed to conform to the stereotypes, ideals, or easy generalizations about women in their time and place. Spanning the Colonial era to the present, these 16 women cross class, race, and ethnic boundaries but not those of sexuality--no lesbians are explicitly represented. Sacagawea is the best known, yet like other almost anonymous women her fragmented story must be pieced together from scattered sources in other's words. Between these extremes are lesser known authors, activists, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs whose own words and accomplishments are framed by the historical and historiographical context that helps readers understand their exceptionalism. The recurring theme in many stories is the extraordinary efforts that these women sometimes made to appear ordinary: a divorced Texas slaveholder who remained a respectable Southern lady; an army wife who maintained domestic ideals without children or a settled home; a political wife and peace activist who claimed to be an "ordinary mother." Each biography includes footnotes and a short essay on suggested readings. Recommended as appropriate supplementary reading for secondary and undergraduate students. K. Gedge; West Chester University of Pennsylvania