Lives of American Women Series

Carol Berkin, Series Editor

These brief biographies are designed for use in undergraduate courses. Rather than a comprehensive approach, each biography focuses instead on a particular aspect of a woman’s life that is emblematic of her time, or which made her a pivotal figure in the era. The emphasis is on a “good read,” featuring accessible writing and compelling narratives, without sacrificing sound scholarship and academic integrity. Primary sources at the end of each biography reveal the subject’s perspective in her own words. Study questions and an annotated bibliography support the student reader.

Julia Lathrop: Social Service and Progressive Government

Miriam Cohen

First Edition • February 14, 2017 • 192 pages

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This new biography of Julia Lathrop examines her life and career in order to illustrate the obstacles and challenges faced by women in politics, employment, and education in early 20th-century America.

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Mary Pickford: Hollywood and the New Woman

Kathleen A. Feeley

First Edition • February 23, 2016 • 192 pages

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Click here to read a sample from Mary Pickford. On screen and off, movie star Mary Pickford personified the “New Woman” of the early 1900s—a moniker given to women who began to demand more autonomy inside and outside the home. Well educated and career-minded, these women also embraced the new mass…

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Barbara Egger Lennon: Teacher, Mother, Activist

Tina Stewart Brakebill

First Edition • February 3, 2015 • 192 pages

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Facets of Barbara Egger Lennon’s life define her as an ordinary white Midwestern woman of her time: teacher, wife, mother. Her work as a union organizer and political activist, however, complicate that picture. The way in which she balanced these roles illustrates how many women of her time shaped their…

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Elizabeth Gurley Flynn: Modern American Revolutionary

Lara Vapnek

First Edition • February 3, 2015 • 160 pages

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In 1906, fifteen-year old Elizabeth Gurley Flynn mounted a soapbox in Times Square to denounce capitalism and proclaim a new era for women’s freedom. Quickly recognized as an outstanding public speaker and formidable organizer, she devoted her life to creating a socialist America, “free from poverty, exploitation, greed and injustice.”…

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Shirley Chisholm: Catalyst for Change

Barbara Winslow

First Edition • November 26, 2013 • 208 pages

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A staunch proponent of breaking down racial and gender barriers, Shirley Chisholm had the esteemed privilege of being a pioneer in many aspects of her life. She was the first African American woman from Brooklyn elected to the New York State legislature and the first African American woman elected to…

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Betsy Mix Cowles: Champion of Equality

Stacey M. Robertson

First Edition • November 26, 2013 • 176 pages

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Betsy Mix Cowles—a champion of equality whose circle of acquaintances included Frederick Douglass, Abby Kelley, and William Lloyd Garrison—is a brilliant example of what an educated and independent woman can accomplish. A staunch defender of abolitionism, Cowles also took up the cause of women’s rights and dedicated her life to…

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Rebecca Dickinson: Independence for a New England Woman

Marla Miller

First Edition • August 6, 2013 • 216 pages

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Rebecca Dickinson’s powerful voice, captured through excerpts from the pages of her journal, allows colonial and revolutionary-era New England to come alive. Dickinson’s life illustrates the dilemmas faced by many Americans in the decades before, during, and after the American Revolution, as well as the paradoxes presented by an unmarried…

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Alice Paul: Equality for Women

Christine Lunardini

First Edition • November 6, 2012 • 216 pages

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Alice Paul: Equality for Women shows the dominant and unwavering role Paul played in the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, granting the vote to American women. The dramatic details of Paul’s imprisonment and solitary confinement, hunger strike, and force-feeding at the hands of the U.S. government illustrate her fierce devotion…

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Lillian Gilbreth: Redefining Domesticity

Julie Des Jardins

First Edition • September 25, 2012 • 192 pages

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Lillian Gilbreth is a stunning example of female ingenuity in the early twentieth century. At a time when women were standard fixtures in the home and barely accepted in many professions, Gilbreth excelled in both spheres, concurrently winning honors as “Engineer of the Year” and “Mother of the Year.” This…

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Dolley Madison: The Problem of National Unity

Catherine Allgor

First Edition • September 25, 2012 • 192 pages

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First Lady of the United States and America’s “Queen of Hearts,” Dolley Madison fashioned an unofficial role for herself in the new administration of the United States, helping to answer the nation’s need for ceremony and leaving footprints for centuries of presidential wives to follow. Assisting her husband, James Madison,…

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