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Wenzel, Lynn & Binkowski, Carol J. More than petticoats: remarkable New Jersey women.

Globe Pequot Press. 186p. illus. bibliog. index. c2003. 0-7627-1272-4. $10.95. JSA

As in the other texts of this More Than Petticoats series, each of these women from New Jersey was remarkable because she went her own way, acting, interacting and creating as she saw needs and opportunities. The women whom the joint authors present to the readers range in chronology from Mary Ludwig Hays Macauley (Molly Pitcher), storied heroine of the Battle of Monmouth in 1778, to Hannah Silverman, teenaged spokeswoman of the 1913 Paterson, New Jersey, silk strike. The authors detail the lives and struggles of 12 New Jersey women of energy, talent, and ideals. Each chapter is fairly short (10-15 pages), clearly written, and has its own bibliography.

While each of these women was a groundbreaker in her own way, some of the women, perhaps because they are generally less well known, cart initially fascinate the reader more than others. Antoinette Brown Blackwell, for instance, graduated unrecognized from Oberlin College in 1850 and became America's first ordained woman minister. Vassar graduate Alice Huyler Ramsey, a pioneer endurance driver, drove a Maxwell touring car from New York to San Francisco over America's primitive road system in 1909. Also included in this roster of female New Jersey achievers are former slave Sylvia DuBois, painter Lilly Martin Spencer, writer and activist Jessie Redmon Fauset, Mary Mapes Dodge, author and pioneer in children's literature, and suffragette Alice Stokes Paul. This carefully researched book can provide useful enrichment reading. Patricia Moore, Brookline, MA

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Date:Jan 1, 2004
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