Feminist Frontiers: Women Who Shaped the Midwest

Feminist Frontiers: Women Who Shaped the Midwest

by Yvonne Johnson (Editor)


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Women's stories are noticeably absent from the master narrative of the Populist and Progressive movements, where their struggle for civil rights was more evident in the Midwest than any other region in the country. This collection of eleven biographical essays highlights women leaders in the Midwest who challenged gender, racial, class, and ethnic boundaries in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Not only were these Midwestern women powerful centuries. Not only were these midwestern women powerful orators and active leaders, they were influential in shaping the culture in their communities.

These pioneering women include Amanda Berry Smith and Carry Nation who helped lay the groundwork for the Progressive Era, Esther Twente who helped develop higher education, Elfrieda von Rohr Sauer, Mary Sibley, and Linda Slaughter whose religious affiliations gave them leadership opportunities for political and social influence, Frances Dana Gage who contributed to women' rights and temperance issues, Marietta Bones who championed the women' rights and temperance issues, Marietta Bones who championed he women' Suffrage movement, Alice Moore French who was American War Mother' founder and first president, socialist Genora Dollinger who spoke out for quality of life and rights in organizing a strike at a General Motors plant, and Harriett Friedman Woods who held various state political offices and a national office.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935503026
Publisher: Truman State University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2010
Pages: 206
Sales rank: 624,294
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Illustration vi

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

"Turning the World Upside Down" Frances Dana Gage Jeffrey E. Smith 1

Genteel Reformer Mary Sibley Mary Ellen Rowe 21

Pioneer for African American Child Care Amanda Berry Smith Marcia Chatelaine 39

Cultural Education in North Dakota Linda Warfel Slanghter Barbara Handy-Marchello 53

Personality and Politics in the South Dakota Suffrage Movement Marietta Bones Nancy Tystad Koupal 69

The Kansas Cyclone Carry Nation Patricia Ashman 83

Indiana War Mothers: From World War I "Kitchen Soldiers" to Postwar Immigrant Reformers Alice French Elizabeth Cafer du Plessis 99

A Life Reinterpreted Efrieda Von Robr Saver Carol Piper Heming 119

Community Builder Esther Twente Maureen Wilt 139

A Revolutionary from Michigan Genora Dollinger Carlton Jackson 155

From Midwest Politics to National Power Harriett Friedman Woods Yvonne J. Johnson Shari Bax 175

Contributors 195

Index 199

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