More than Petticoats: Remarkable Vermont Women celebrates the women who shaped the Green Mountain State. Short, illuminating biographies and archival photographs and paintings tell the stories of women from across the state who served as teachers, writers, entrepreneurs, and artists.
Deborah Pickman Clifford has lived in Vermont since 1966. A graduate of Radcliffe College, she has published three biographies of nineteenth-century American women: Julia Ward Howe, Lydia Maria Child, and the Vermont historian, Abby Maria Hemenway. Back in the 1980s she served as the first woman president of both the Vermont Historical Society and the Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury. She has also written and lectured widely on the history of Vermont women. Most recently, she and her husband, Nicholas, are the joint authors of The Troubled Roar of the Waters: Vermont in Flood and Recovery, 1927-1931, published by the University Press of New England in 2007. Residents of New Haven, a small town near Middlebury, the Cliffords have four daughters and six grandchildren.
Lucy Terry Prince, 1730-1821, Poet and Pioneer
Ann Story, 1741-1817, Pioneer and Patriot
Emma Willard, 1787-1870, Educating Women for the Republic
Clarina Howard Nichols, 1810-1885, A Womanly Reformer
Julia Caroline Ripley Dorr, 1825-1913, A Vermont Poet Laureate
Abby Maria Hemenway, 1825-1913, The Woman Who Saved Vermont's History
Rachael Robinson Elmer, 1878-1919, Independent Artist
Dorothy Canfield Fisher, 1879-1958, Novelist and Crusader
Electra Havemeyer Webb, 1888-1967, Born to Collect
Helen Hartness Flanders, 1890-1972, Green Mountain Ballad Collector
Consuelo Northrop Bailey, 1899-1976, Vermont's Own Daughter
Shirley Jackson, 1916-1965, Raising Demons in the Green Mountains
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