More than Petticoats: Remarkable Pennsylvania Women profiles the lives of fifteen strong and determined women, all of whom broke through social, cultural, or political barriers to make contributions to society that still have an impact today.
Meet Elizabeth Thorn, the pregnant woman who dug graves for Civil War soldiers; Sybilla Masters, the first known American female inventor; and Florence Seibert, the biochemist whose medical research on tuberculosis helped saved countless lives worldwide.
Each of these women embodied extraordinary determination and an independent spirit that is as inspiring now as it was then. Read about their extraordinary lives in this collection of brief and absorbing biographies.
About the Author
Kate Hertzog is a freelance writer, copy editor, and proofreader. Before operating her own business, she worked at Book-of-the-Month Club and McGraw-Hill. Kate's previous book, Insiders' Guide to Gettysburg, is a travel and relocation guide to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. She lives in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
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Lucretia Mott delivered her last public address in Rochester, New York, on July 19, 1878. It was the thirtieth anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention, and Lucretia was eighty-five years old. She had lived her life by listening always to her inner light, her conscience, and this inner light had illuminated the way for her to do great things and influence much change. Her last public words summed up how she had felt her whole life about equality between the sexes: ¿¿give women the privilege of cooperating in making the laws, and there will be harmony without severity, justice without oppression.¿
Table of Contents
(1) Introduction (2) Sybilla Masters, 1676-1720--American Inventor (3) Lydia Darragh, 1728-1789--House Spy (4) Margaret Corbin, 1751-1800--Half-Soldier, Full Hero (5) Lucretia Mott, 1793-1880--Seeker of Equality (6) Rebecca Webb Lukens, 1794-1854--Industrious Leader (7) Mary Ambler, 1805-1868--First Responder (8) Ann Preston, 1813-1872--Pioneering Doctor (9) Elizabeth Thorn, 1832-1907--Civil War Caretaker (10) Amanda Berry Smith, 1837-1915--Traveling Evangelist (11) Ida Tarbell, 1857-1944--Muckraking Journalist (12) Nellie Bly, 1864-1922--Undercover Reporter (13) Mary Engle Pennington, 1872-1952--Refrigeration Specialist (14) Florence Seibert, 1897-1991--Disease Fighter (15) Marian Anderson, 1897-1993--Singer for Equality (16) Rachel Carson, 1907-1964--Illuminating Ecologist (17) Bibliography