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The remarkable women profiled in this anthology made the trek to Arizona from the big cities of Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.; from the green hills of Wisconsin, and from backwater towns in Oklahoma and Pennsylvania; by covered wagon, automobile, and, later, airplane. They came with their parents or their husbands, or as single women, with and without children. They came seeking health in the sun-blessed dryness of the desert, a job, a better lifestyle.
What these women had in common was their love of writing and journalism, and their ability to use the written word to earn a living, to argue a cause, and to promote the virtues, beauty, history, and people of the Southwest.
The narratives in Skirting Traditions move forward from the beginning of statehood to the modern day, describing daring feats, patriotic actions, and amazing accomplishments. They are women you won't soon forget.
Written by award winning members of Arizona Press Women: Gail Bornfield, Vera Marie Badertscher, Carol Osman Brown, Jan Cleere, Jane Eppinga, Marion E. Gold, Carol (Cain) Hughes, Carol Jean La Valley, Barbara Bayless Lacy, Elizabeth Bruening-Lewis, Lois McFarland, Patricia Myers, June P. Payne, Marion Peddle, Sheila Roe, Pam Knight Stevenson, Arlene Uslander, and Brenda Kimsey Warneka.
Posted August 21, 2012
Skirting Traditions is a compilation of incredible stories of incredible women making incredible history about incredible Arizona. Yes, it does deserve that many "incredible" and more! This book should be mandatory read in all Arizona schools if we want the next generation to appreciate their state. In a time when women journalists raised eyebrows in a men's world, several of them took the closed door and taboo job as a challenge, proving women are as good journalists and writers as any other pants out there. They were fierce, tenacious and courageous, traits reflected so well in their work conserved admirably in their books, poems, novels, or any other creative way they became famous for. From Sharlot Mabridth to Anna Moore Shaw, to Billie Williams to name a few these are names I never heard before but who are now as part of me as I am part of Arizona. Although I only moved here 9 years ago, there's no other place I'd rather be. I know why all these women fell in love with the land and its people, calling Arizona home. Once you breath the Arizonan air and step on its land something magical happens as if its hummed voice keeps calling you back for more. A great deal of admiration and thanks to the diligent editors compiling these stories, bringing to the forefront 100 years of Arizonan history, no other book out there had encompassed. Simply, beautifully written.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.