Society's sisters : stories of women who fought for social justice in America

by Gourley, Catherine, 1950-

Format: Print Book 2003
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Wilkinsburg Public Library - Eastridge Juvenile Biography J923.6 GOU
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library - Eastridge
Collection  Juvenile Biography
Call Number  J923.6 GOU
The first generation of American women who graduated from colleges in the mid-nineteenth century wondered what it was they were supposed to do with their education. A large percentage of them turned to social reform. These women rolled up their sleeves. They started kindergartens and playground programs. They investigated filthy living conditions in tenements, then wrote legislation to authorize a cleanup of the slums. Some formed settlements, or small communities, to teach poor families how to care for their infants. Others formed political parties to end war and to win equal rights for women, including the right to vote. This is the story of those women who dared to make a difference, and in daring changed society and the conscience of America forever. Book jacket.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 6-9. Gourley focuses on less-familiar women involved in the fight for social justice--women who were some of America's first college graduates and found their lives' purpose in social reform. Organizing the profiles into topical sections such as The Child Savers (women who went into the orphanages and courts to help children), The White Ribbon Women (the temperance leaguers), and The Agitators (the suffragettes), she introduces more than 20 activists. The book's organization is its weakest aspect; some women's stories stretch across several chapters. But Gourley's writing is strong, and the oversize book design is interesting, with quotations often set out in separate boxes and well-chosen black-and-white photographs prominently displayed. A good addition to women's history shelves. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2003 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Women social reformers -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Juvenile literature.
Women political activists -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Juvenile literature.
Social justice -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Juvenile literature.
Women social reformers.
Women political activists.
Social justice -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Social conditions -- 19th century -- Juvenile literature.
United States -- Moral conditions -- Juvenile literature.
United States -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
United States -- Moral conditions.
Publisher Brookfield, Conn. :Twenty-First Century Books,2003
Language English
Description 96 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 88-90) and index.
ISBN 0761328653
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