"Forgetting-and belatedly remembering-women is a historiographical tradition as old as history itself. The Women Who Made New York positions itself as an antidote to that process...With its romantic illustrations and requisite three pages dedicated to Joan Didion, it would be easy to dismiss The Women Who Made New York as mere gifting bait for anyone with a niece at Barnard College. (And to be clear, your niece probably will love this.) But for every tale that makes you pump your fist in triumph, there is one that makes you clench your jaw in anger."
―New York Times Book Review
"From artists to activists, an homage to the unheralded hands and hearts who built one of humanity's most iconic cities... Rigorously researched and elegantly written."
"A beautifully packaged volume full of heart, moxie, and wonder."―BUST Magazine
"This book on New York City history is more than a pretty cover. It is a testament to the lives of impressive women in the Big Apple."
"Paired with striking illustrations by artist Hallie Heald, The Women Who Made New York offers a visual look at some of the most vibrant women in the history of one of the world's most vibrant cities."
About the Author
Julie Scelfo is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, where she was a staff member from 2007 until 2011. Previously, she was a Correspondent atNewsweek, where she covered breaking news and wrote about social trends. Scelfo was one of the first journalists to arrive at the World Trade Center on September 11, and her reporting was featured inNewsweek and news outlets around the country. For several years afterwards, she continued to cover the events emotional and environmental aftermath forNewsweek. During her time at there, Scelfo also became known for feature stories exploring societys expectations of women, changing attitudes towards mental health, and parental overindulgence. She appeared as a guest at Feminist Camp, founded by Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards. Her stories about society and human behavior, including articles on homebirth, Skype holidays, and kids construction, routinely topped theTimess most e-mailed list.
Scelfo attended Barnard College, where she designed her own major in Political Communications, and also earned a Masters degree in Media Ecology from New York University. After decades in Manhattan, Scelfo recently moved to Brooklyn, where she (unknowingly) bought an apartment from a member of the Gambino crime family, began sending her children to NYC public school, and learned to ride a push-scooter to ease travel back and forth between boroughs.
More information about her work can be found at juliescelfo.com.
Hallie Heald is freelance illustrator & stylist living and working in New York City. She's worked as an intern for NY designer Nanette Lepore, was an assistant designer and stylist making faux leather handbags, and been a face painter for fancy birthday parties in Santa Barbara. You can follow her at hehdesignsny.com.