New Jersey's Remarkable Women

Daughters, Wives, Sisters, and Mothers Who Shaped History

Book Description

More than Petticoats: Remarkable New Jersey Women features 12 exceptional women born prior to 1900. Portraits include Alice Huyler Ramsey, the first woman to drive across America; Hannah Silverman, a labor activist during the Paterson silk strikes who fought fearlessly for better working conditions; Abigail Goodwin, a gentle Quaker who bravely conducted many slaves to freedom from her home on the Underground Railroad; and Clara Maass, a nurse who gave her life to stop the scourge of yellow fever. Each woman in this book made lasting contributions to society and embodied a fierce determination and independent spirit that is as inspiring now as it was then.

About Wenzel, Lynn

Lynn Wenzel's articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in Newsweek, New York Times, Newsday, and Ms. She was a contributing writer to the anthology Past and Promise: Lives of New Jersey Women and is a nationally syndicated feature writer on antiques and collectibles. She was managing editor of New Directions for Women, an international feminist news magazine, for many years. Lynn lives in the historic Gold Rush town of Nevada City, California, with her husband, Jeff.

Carol J. Binkowski is the author of Musical New York: An Informal Guide to Its History and Legends and a Walking Tour of Its Sites and Landmarks as well as articles that have appeared in Clavier, New York Daily News, The Optimist, The Instrumentalist, and other publications. She is a reviewer for Library Journal. A pianist as well as a staff organist at the Church Center for the United Nations, she has performed and lectured throughout the New Jersey Public Library System as well as at such historic landmarks as South Street Seaport in New York City. Carol lives in Bloomfield, New Jersey, with her husband, Richard, and daughter, Daria.