Pioneers in Petticoats Author:David Boynick Shortly after the signing of the Declaration of Independence a few voices were raised, demanding dignity and opportunity for women. One of the first of these voices was that of Mary Lyon. When she was born in 1797, there was in all of America no woman doctor, lawyer, minister, or engineer. A woman could not make a contract, witness a legal do... more »cument, sue or be sued.
By the time Mary Lyon founded the first college for women, Mount Holyoke, more and more women were fighting for their rights. Mr. Boynick writes of Belva Lockwood, a pioneer woman lawyer and the first woman to practice before the United States Supreme Court; Susan B. Anthony, whose name is synonymous with woman's rights; and Antoinette Brown, the first woman to become an ordained minister.
Today's women are the beneficiaries of the revolutions won by these women. It comes as no surprise to read in the last chapter of Dorothy Shaver, who is the president of one of our largerst deparment stores.
David Boynick has made a wise choice in the people about whom he writes. Through their stories emerges a chapter of our history, rich in anectode and full of drama and heroism.« less