Synopses & Reviews
Moving portraits of twelve independent women who helped make Oregon what it is today More than Petticoats: Remarkable Oregon Women
profiles the lives of twelve of the Beaver States most important historical figures—women from across Oregon, from many different backgrounds and from 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. Read about:
Marie Dorion, the “Madonna of the Oregon Trail,” whose exploits included a wintertime flight through the mountains to save herself and her sons.
Abigail Scott Duniway, the “Grand Old Woman of Oregon” who prevailed in her long struggle for her state to grant women the right to vote. Bethenia Owens-Adair, the “ignorant” child-mother abused by her husband who went on to become one of Oregons first female physicians.
Lola Greene Baldwin, who in 1908 became Americas first policewoman, and who was known for her aggressive and progressive programs to curb vice.
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. This edition includes new chapters on women who made a difference in the early twentieth century.
More than Petticoats: Remarkable Oregon Women, 2nd Edition celebrates the women who shaped the Beaver State. Short, illuminating biographies and archival photographs and paintings tell the stories of women from across the state who served as teachers, writers, entrepreneurs, and artists.
About the Author
Gayle C. Shirley
has written a dozen nonfiction books for children and young adults, including M Is for Montana, More than Petticoats: Remarkable Montana Women,
and Charlie's Trail: The Life and Art of C.M. Russell.
This book is part of a series she has written about animal legends from throughout the West. She has also written articles for magazines such as Boy's Life
and Big Sky Journal.
Gayle grew up in Colorado and Idaho and graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in journalism. She worked as a reporter and editor for daily Montana newspapers and as an editor for a publishing company before writing her first book. She is currently the public information officer for the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Resources. She lives with her husband, Steve, and sons, Colin and Jesse.