This book presents the compelling histories of fifteen pioneer women, all born before 1900, who traveled Nevada Territory in unstable wagons, on temperamental mules, and in early Motel Ts to leave a legacy of courage and celebration as they broke records, hearts, and rules while conquering uncharted ground.
Meet Ferminia Sarras, a Nicaraguan immigrant with four young daughters who arrived in Nevada in the early 1800s determined to seek her fortune as a miner . . . and succeeded; Dat so la lee, a Washoe Indian renowned for her basket-weaving artistry whose work is today preserved in museums; and Anne Henrietta Martin, a lifelong suffragette who fought for women's rights and was instrumental in securing the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, giving women the right to vote.
More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Nevada Women came out in 2005 (the precursor to this edition), it became a Finalist for the Women Writing the West WILLA award. The Nevada Women’s History Project elected Cleere to its Roll of Honor for her work on Nevada women’s history. Outlaw Tales of Arizona (TwoDot) was recognized nationally as the winner of the 2007 National Federation of Press Women's literary competition for historical nonfiction. Amazing Girls of Arizona: True Stories of Young Pioneers (TwoDot) was named one of the best books of 2009 by the Arizona Book Publishers Association, and awarded best young adult nonfiction by the same organization. Levi’s & Lace: Arizona Women Who Made History received recognition from the 2012 Arizona/New Mexico Book Publishers Association. Her latest book, Never Don’t Pay Attention: The Life of Rodeo Photographer Louise L. Serpa (TwoDot), was just released this fall (2015). Cleere also writes a monthly column for Tucson’s Arizona Daily Star newspaper, “Western Women,” detailing the lives of early Arizona pioneers. She lives in Oro Valley, Arizona.