The seventh installment of Mountain Press’s state-by-state series for teen readers, Bold Women in California History reveals what women can do when they dare to be bold. From Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut, to Yoshiko Uchida, Japanese internment camp survivor turned children’s author, to Elvira Virginia Mugarrieta, who dressed as a man in order to do things women of the time could not, the thirteen women portrayed in this collection broke down barriers of sexism, racism, and political opposition to emerge as heroines of their time. Whether that meant pushing for change in the state senate, as Rose Ann Vuich did, or escaping slavery and later doing good for the community, as Bridget “Biddy” Mason did, each and every one of these stories, unique as they are, show ways in which women have created lasting change. Perfect for school or home, this collection of short but informative biographies is both a valuable resource and an entertaining read.
About the Author
Kay Moore was born and raised in Maryland where she was surrounded by sites of importance from many historical events. Exploring these turned her into an incorrigible history buff at an early age with a special interest in the lives of women and children. Moving to California to become an elementary school teacher and later university educator, she lived for many years in Placerville (originally called “Hangtown,” but the name was changed to reflect less violent placer mining). Upon retirement from California State University, Sacramento, Kay moved to Las Vegas where she and her grandchildren have started exploring the historical sites of Nevada. She is the author of several nonfiction juvenile books including the award-winning The Great Bicycle Experiment: The Army’s Historic Black Bicycle Corps, 1896–97.