We the Women: Career Firsts of Nineteenth-Century America

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Victoria Woodhull is remembered as the first woman to run for the presidency of the United States—in 1872—and as an advocate of a single standard of morality for both sexes. We the Women describes a side of Woodhull less well known: the first woman stockbroker in America, she was successful on Wall Street while lambasting in her journal the railroads, insurance companies, and other special-interest groups.

Stern offers biographical sketches of Belva Ann Lockwood, who fought for ...

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Overview

Victoria Woodhull is remembered as the first woman to run for the presidency of the United States—in 1872—and as an advocate of a single standard of morality for both sexes. We the Women describes a side of Woodhull less well known: the first woman stockbroker in America, she was successful on Wall Street while lambasting in her journal the railroads, insurance companies, and other special-interest groups.

Stern offers biographical sketches of Belva Ann Lockwood, who fought for the right to practice law before the Supreme Court; Isabel C. Barrows, the first woman stenographer in the State Department; Rebecca Pennell Dean, criticized for not "knowing her place" when she joined a college faculty; Ellen H. Richards, the first university-trained chemist and a relentless worker for public health; Lucy Hobbs Taylor, who led women into the field of dentistry; Sarah G. Bagley, the first woman telegrapher; Rebecca Lukens, a premier captain of industry whose vision helped shape America's iron age; Mary Ann Lee, the ballerina who introduced Americans to revolutionary dances from abroad; Ann S. Stephen, the author of the first Beadle Dime Novel; Candace Wheeler, who brought women into the profession of home interior decoration; and Harriet Irwin, Louise Bethune, and Sophia G. Hayden, who paved the way for women to become professional architects.

These nineteenth-century American women were the first to succeed in professions previously open only to men. Madeleine B. Stern has restored them richly to life in We the Women. The determination and intelligence of these women won for women a place in the arts, science and technology, education and the law, and business and industry. Among Stern's other books are Louisa May Alcott and The Life of Margaret Fuller.

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A dozen 19th-century American women who were the first to achieve success in traditionally male professions are profiled here. Despite the title, LJ's reviewer contended it was not necessarily for feminists; "any minority group could well derive inspiration from the stories" (LJ 2/1/63).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803292239
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1994
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 415
  • Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.33 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Bison Book Edition
"Let Them Be Sea-Captains, If You Will" 1
1 The First American Ballerina to Capture the Nation: Mary Ann Lee 5
2 The Author of the First Beadle Dime Novel: Ann S. Stephens 29
3 Three American Women Firsts in Architecture: Harriet Irwin - Louise Bethune - Sophia G. Hayden 55
4 America's First Woman Telegrapher: Sarah G. Bagley 79
5 The First American Woman Doctor of Dental Surgery: Lucy Hobbs Taylor 95
6 The First Woman Graduate of M.I.T.: Ellen H. Richards, Chemist 118
7 America's First Woman College Professor: Rebecca Pennell Dean 147
8 The First American Woman Stenographic Reporter for Congressional Committees: Isabel C. Barrows 178
9 The First Woman Admitted to Practice Before the United States Supreme Court: Belva Ann Lockwood 205
10 The First American Woman in the Iron Plate Rolling Industry: Rebecca W. Lukens 237
11 America's First Woman Stockbroker: Victoria C. Woodhull 251
12 An American Woman First in Textiles & Interior Decoration: Candace Wheeler 273
Notes on Sources 305
Index 387
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