Women in Pacific Northwest History: An Anthology

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This new edition of Karen Blair’s popular anthology originally published in 1989 includes thirteen essays, eight of which are new. Together they suggest the wide spectrum of women’s experiences that make up a vital part of Northwest history.

University of Washington Press

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Editorial Reviews

Western Historical Quarterly

Women in the Pacific Northwest provides abundant examples of women’s active roles as citizens who helped shape regional events, and adds new information to the growing literature on western women.


New insights into the lives of pioneer Japanese women, urban black women, and the women of the Colville Indian Reservation make the reading of this collection well worthwhile. A solid regional study.

Oregon Historical Quarterly

This book contributes to the task of bringing the lives of Northwest women out of the shadows and provides an excellent model for others to follow. It is of value for the specialist in women’s history as well as anyone interested in exploring all the corridors of Pacific Northwest history.


This anthology is a welcome addition to the growing body of literature concerning the history of women in the United States and particularly the history of women in the American West. Its essays, which address the issues of woman suffrage, women’s work, race and ethnicity, and the arts.. begin to remedy the long—time dearth of knowledge about women in the Pacific Northwest.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295980461
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2011
  • Series: A Mclellan Book Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 1,463,976
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsPart 1. New Directions for Research1. Tied to Other Lives: Women in Pacific Northwest History, Susan ArmitagePart 2. Politics and Law2. Of Women’s Rights and Freedom: Abigail Scott Duniway, Ruth Barnes Moynihan3. The Fight for Woman Suffrage and the Oregon Press, Lauren Kessler4. "His Face is Weak and Sensual": Portland and the Whipping Post Law, David Peterson del MarPart 3. Work5. Working-Class Feminism and the Family Wage Ideal: The Seattle Debate on Married Women’s Right to Work, 1914-1920, Maurine Weiner Greenwald6. Bertha Knight Landes: The Woman Who Was Mayor, Doris H. Pieroth7. The Job He Left Behind: Women in the Shipyards During World War II, Karen Beck SkoldPart 4. Race and Ethnicity8. The Role of Native Women in the Creation of Fur Trade Society in Western Canada, 1670-1830, Sylvia Van Kirk9. A Chicana in Northern Aztlan: Dora Sanchez Trevino, Jerry Garcia10. Gender Equality in the Colville Indian Reservation in Traditional and Contemporary Contexts, Lillian A. AckermanPart 5. The Arts11. Quilts in the Lives of Women Who Migrated to the Northwest, 1850-1990: A Visual Record Bywater, Mary Bywater Cross12. The Seattle Ladies Musical Club, 1890-1930, Karen J. Blair13. Tsugiki, a Grafting: A History of a Japanese Pioneer Woman in Washington State, Gail M. NomuraSuggestions for Further ReadingContributorsIndex

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