Utah presents a paradox in women’s history as a state founded by deeply religious pioneers who supported polygamy but also a place that offered women early suffrage and encouraged education and leadership. Remarkable Utah Women tells the stories of seventeen strong and determined women who broke through the social, cultural, and political barriers of their times. The women in these pages include Emmeline B. Wells, who served as president of both the Mormon Relief Society and the Woman Suffrage Association of Utah; the Bassett sisters, who ran with Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch; and Reva Beck Bosone, a US congresswoman and the state’s first female judge.
The second edition features new biographies of historian Helen Papanikolas, who meticulously researched Utah’s immigrant communities; Mae Timbimboo Parry, who collected and shared the history of her Northwestern Shoshone people and brought to light the horrors of the Bear River Massacre; and Barbara Toomer, an activist who organized daring protests to demand a more accessible world for people with disabilities.
Each of these women demonstrated an independence of spirit that still has the power to inspire us today. Read about their extraordinary lives and outsized personalities in this captivating collection that tells the story of Utah through the voices and legacies of indomitable women.
Christy Karras comes from a long line of stubborn women who crossed oceans, married good men, toiled on farms, and generally did whatever it took to help their descendants thrive in the Beehive State. Born and raised in northern Utah, she graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in history. A former reporter for The Salt Lake Tribune and the Associated Press and editor for Wasatch Journal magazine, she writes about arts, culture, history, travel, and recreation for publications including the Seattle Times. Her other books include Scenic Driving: Utah as well as two motorcycle touring guides coauthored with Stephen Zusy. Now living in Seattle with her husband, Bill, she returns frequently to visit her beloved family, friends, and desert-mountain landscape in Utah.
Two new editions of titles in the "Remarkable Women" series are top picks for libraries looking for biographical profiles of women who made their marks in different states. The second edition of Christy Karras's Remarkable Utah Women selects seventeen strong women who made a name for themselves in a state oddly known for its religious rigidity and women's rights alike. The women featured here have achieved many things, from Emmeline B. Wells, who was president of both the Mormon Relief Society and the Women's Suffrage Association, and Reva Beck Bosone, the state's first female judge. New biographies have been added for this edition to profile activists and historians. Each book provides riveting insights that readers will find perfect for studying the states in general and women's lasting impact in particular, and deserves a place in any women's history collection that's strong in biographical inspection.