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More than Petticoats: Remarkable Georgia Women (More than Petticoats Series) Paperback – October 1, 2002
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Meet Rebecca Latimer Felton, the first woman to sit as a U.S. senator; Juliette Gordon Low, the resilient founder of the Girl Scouts; Sarah Freeman Clarke, a painter who dared to pursue art and literature as a career; Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, the "Mother of the Blues," whose voice transcended race and class; and Margaret Mitchell, author of the enduring tale of survival, Gone with the Wind.
Pursuing her individual interests and desires, each of these women was, above all, true to herself. Discover their exceptional courage in this collection of brief and absorbing biographies.
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Who are these women? They are Native-American, African-American and Euro-American women from Georgia who defied all the odds. Some are household names while others are lesser known but the qualities all of them share are the ability to survive, making the best out of adversity, and creating a lasting heritage that survives today.
Meet Leila Ross Wilburn, the second woman in Georgia to be licensed as an architect. Such a woman in a field dominated by men was a rarity and this woman proved that she could not only compete with her colleagues but succeed way beyond her imagination.
Listen to the voice of Gertrude Pridgette who helped spread the sound of a distinctive art form beyond the confines of Columbus, GA. To many she was unattractive, flashy, and bisexual but she could belt out those Blues. We know her as Ma Rainey, the Mother of the Blues.
These are just a few of the colorful and imaginitive women profiled in this book. Rebecca Latimer Felton faced the destruction of her home, death of her children and great poverty. Yet this same woman became the first female senator representing Georgia.
This is an enjoyable book that gives excellent profiles on these outstanding women. Sara Hines Martin provides the reader with a good working bibliography of each woman for those who desire further study of these great achievers. I highly recommend it for young people and adults who are interested in the legacy and great achievement's of Georgia's women.
Don't buy this book expecting an in-depth look at each of these women. That would be impossible to do given the 192 page length. What this is a a good overview of these people, including the essential biographical data, key accomplishments, and personal highlights, but rarely delving into new territory.
I would recommend this book as an inspiration for young adults or perhaps a reader whose is acquiring a knowledge of Georgia history.