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More than Petticoats: Remarkable Oregon Women (More than Petticoats Series) Paperback – November 1, 1998

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Traditional history texts often skim the surface of women's history or leave it out all together. With in-depth and accurate coverage, this series pays tribute to the often unheralded efforts and achievements of the women who settled the West. Pioneer Anna Maria Pittman Lee, (1803-1838), suffragette Abigail Scott-Duniway (1834-1915), and physician Bethenia Owens-Adair (1840-1926) are among the 12 women featured in this collection of intriguing and inspiring biographies.
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Product Details

  • Series: More than Petticoats Series
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: TwoDot; 1st edition (November 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560446684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560446682
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,500,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
I'm a rather reluctant history-book reader, but I found this book thoroughly compelling! My husband and I read the stories out loud on our trip through Oregon and watched the past come alive. If you are tired of the same, old dusty Western tales, give this one a try. It's sure to enchant you! And thanks to the author for putting these stories together.
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This book portrays the lives of 10 women who successfully made the transition from the "doll or drudge" category of the sterotypical Pioneer Woman. They become independent women leading successful lives in their own right, in spite of being dealt very poor hands when they came to Oregon.
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Women’s contributions to the growth and development of cities, states, and the nation have always been partly or wholly hidden from history. Whether on the frontier or in courtrooms, hospitals, schools, and civic organizations, women have shaped the course of their communities. Often they did so by overcoming formidable obstacles, yet their stories have largely remained untold in the public records, newspapers and histories. The last few decades has seen a considerable turnaround with more volumes about women specifically and with greater inclusion of women’s lives in accounts of the region’s history. Gayle C. Shirley, author of More Than Petticoats, provides here an early, important contribution to this trend.

Shirley profiles ten women from Oregon’s past. Most of them were unknown to the majority of Oregonians at the time. So here they can read of Mary Leonard, the state’s first woman admitted to the Oregon bar to practice law. She became a character to many, and readers will have to seek other biographies to find examples of effective, powerful women who made a name for themselves in the state’s legal history. There are other “firsts” in this volume: one of the first women doctors, Bethenia Owens-Adair; the first urban policewoman, Lola Green Baldwin; and an early homesteader and author, Alice Day Pratt.

The brief profiles of these women serve as introductions to their lives. Much complexity and nuance awaits readers who seek additional sources to understand them better, and especially to appreciate the depth of opposition and the breadth of restrictions these women encountered. More Than Petticoats presents a good start, especially for younger readers.

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