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Remarkable Utah Women (More Than Petticoats)by Christy Karras
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Moving portraits of thirteen independent women who helped make Utah what it is today
More than Petticoats: Remarkable Utah Women profiles the lives of thirteen of the states most important historical figures—women from across the Beehive State, from many different backgrounds and various walks of life. With enduring strength and compassion, these remarkable women broke through social, cultural, or political barriers to make contributions to society that still have an impact today.
Emmeline B. Wells, a leading journalist who served as president of the Woman Suffrage Association of Utah.
Martha Hughes Cannon, the doctor who made history in 1896 by being elected Americas first female state senator—defeating her own husband in the process.
Jodie and Anne Bassett, the hot-tempered and wily “Wild West Sisters” who helped Butch Cassidys Wild Bunch escape and rode with them on the Outlaw Trail.
Reva Beck Bosone, Utah congresswoman and the states first female judge, who voted against establishing the CIA and was smeared in the 1950s anticommunism crusade.
Each of these women demonstrated an independence of spirit that is as inspiring now as it was then. Read about their extraordinary lives in this captivating collection of biographies.
Book News Annotation:
Noting that Utah's unique culture helped them succeed, a Utah native profiles 13 diverse women (pictured) who contributed to the state's history in the 19th and 20th centuries. They include Jane Manning James, a Mormon African-American advocate for equality; Cornelia Paddock, author of anti-polygamy books; the Bassett sisters, who helped Butch Cassidy's gang escape; Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon, who beat her husband to become America's first elected female senator; and Dora Topham, a successful Ogden madam. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
More than Petticoats: Remarkable Utah Women tells the stories of twelve strong and determined women who broke through social, cultural, or political barriers. The women you'll meet in these pages include Emmeline B. Wells (1828-1921), president of the Mormon womens Relief Society, editor of Exponent, and president of the Woman Suffrage Association of Utah and Reva Beck Bosone (1895-1983), Utah Congresswoman and first female judge, she voted against formation of CIA and was smeared in the anti-communism crusade of 1950s.
Utah offers a paradox in womens history—a state founded by polygamists who offered women early suffrage and encouraged career education in the nineteenth century. More than Petticoats: Remarkable Utah Women tells the stories of twelve strong and determined women who broke through the social, cultural, or political barriers of the day. The women in these pages include Emmeline B. Wells (18281921), president of the Mormon Womens Relief Society, editor of Exponent, and president of the Woman Suffrage Association of Utah; and Reva Beck Bosone (18951983), Utah Congresswoman and the states first female judge, who voted against the formation of the CIA and was smeared in the anticommunism crusade of the 1950s. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in womens studies, history, and the story of Utah.
About the Author
Christy Karras is a Salt Lake Citybased journalist and freelance writer who has lived in Washington, D.C., Oregon, and England, but whose love of the outdoors always draws her back to Utah.
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