This book provides a glimpse into the lives of women who participated in the Oral History Project. Over 160 years after the First National Woman's Rights Convention it is intriguing to learn how far women have come and how many challenges they still face. The excerpts in Voices of Worcester Women are from the stories of women from diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds and the women range in age from 18 to 103. Their stories are divided into themes based on the topics of primary concern at the 1850 Convention-education, work, health, and politics-as well as a chapter devoted to memories unique to living in Worcester.
Although each woman's story is truly her own, readers will find much to appreciate in the sharing of their everyday lives, their goals and dreams, and their challenges and successes. Whether reading about the first female professor at a formerly all-male college, a great-grandmother, a cancer survivor, or a motorcycle-riding nun, these stories provide a snapshot of the lives of extraordinary, ordinary women.
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About the Author
Maureen Ryan Doyle has worked as a freelance writer for many years and is also the owner of a small property management company in Central Massachusetts. She was the winner of Good Housekeeping Magazine's New Traditionalist writing competition. Maureen earned her B.A. degree in History from Assumption College where she was a member of the first undergraduate class of women. She has pursued graduate study at Emerson College in Boston and Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. She and her husband, Francis X. Doyle, reside in Holden, Massachusetts. Their family includes their daughter, Maryssa, and son and daughter-in-law Colin and Dani Doyle.
Both Maureen and Charlene serve on the Steering Committee of the Worcester Women's History Project and have co-chaired the Worcester Women's Oral History Project since 2008.