THE LATEST FROM AUTHOR MARY BUCKINGHAM LIPSEY
Almost Forgotten Women: Yesterday’s Headliners
Almost Forgotten Women: Yesterday’s Headliners includes the stories of over 60 women between the years of 1840 and 1940 who made a difference.
About 'Almost Forgotten Women: Yesterday’s Headliners'
Almost Forgotten Women: Yesterday’s Headliners includes the stories of over 60 women between the years of 1840 and 1940 who made a difference. The stories of suffragists Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Burns, Alice Paul, and the Silent Sentinels are told. In addition there are lesser known suffragists: Native American Cora Elm and Chinese American Dr. Mabel Lee.
The book is organized in categories of women, for example: risk takers, reformers, inventors, scientists, athletes, artists/entertainers, etc.
A few of the women whose accomplishments are told include: presidential candidate Belva Lockwood, investigative reporter Nellie Bly, and gold miner Nellie Cashman. Each woman’s story emphasizes her accomplishments as a woman and for women.
Temperance supporter, Saloon smasher
“Do you wonder why I am opposed to liquor? I was once married to a man who was murdered by drink.”
1884 presidential candidate
“I can not vote, but can be voted for.”
Annie Smith Peck
“Climbing is unadulterated hard labor. The only real pleasure is the satisfaction of going where no man has been before and few can follow.”
PRAISE FOR 'ALMOST FORGOTTEN WOMEN: YESTERDAY' HEADLINERS'
Mary Buckingham Lipsey has profiled over 60 women stories clustered in their respective fields. Lipsey tells their stories in a fascinating way from the early suffragettes to the 19th amendment. These stories come from their words, legal documents and news articles of their times. These diverse women were famous as contributors in a man’s world and making a real difference in their fields. Nampeyo’s Native American painted pottery was popular in the late 1800’s. Today, her work is exhibited in the Native American Museum in Washington, DC. These Almost Forgotten Women were instrumental in women’s early struggles for equality. African American Marian Anderson’s concert in Washington, DC outdoors at the Lincoln Memorial after being denied the DAR Hall venue in 1939 is a well known example of the struggles of black women artists. Marian had performed without incident in most European capitals. I appreciated the depth of research and poignant descriptions of each character. All the women are well referenced, sources of information are well documented and further readings are provided. The illustrations and photos were appropriate as well as excellent quality. This is a great book for both middle and high school level readers through adulthood.
Lipsey begins with a woman on the western frontier who was a risk taker. In addition to the scientists, educators, inventors, women soldiers in the Civil War, early doctors and outstanding nurses, reformers, journalists and politicians are included. Annie Oakley thought all women should learn to shoot a gun to develop confidence and power. Annie Peck wrote of her mountain climbing as the pleasure and satisfaction of “going where no man has been… and few can follow”. Belva Lockwood ran for president in 1884 and 1888. While she could not vote, she hoped others would vote for her. She later wrote of “The glory of each generation is to make its own precedents.” Lucy Stone, an early suffragette wrote “…the young women of today can not know at what price their right to free speech and to speak freely at all in public has been earned.” These were the women that have paved the way for women’s equality and serve as inspirational leaders for today’s women. Women’s study groups would surely want to include this comprehensive study of the developing women’s movements within American society.
About the Author
Mary Buckingham Lipsey
Mary Buckingham Lipsey was born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Fairfax County, Virginia. She received a B.A. in History and Sociology from Mary Washington College and a Masters in Middle School Education from Virginia Tech. In June 2003, Mary retired after teaching seventh grade American History for almost thirty years.
Mary has been a volunteer docent for the American History Museum of the Smithsonian since 1980 and for the National Archives since 2004. She is a member of the Fairfax County History Commission. Her interest in local history has found an outlet through writing articles and speaking to community groups. She became interested in aviation when her elementary school teacher wheeled a television into the classroom to watch astronaut Alan Shephard’s first flight. During her teaching career, Mary was frustrated by how little women’s history was included in the curriculum. Mary wrote the book Almost Forgotten Women: Yesterday’s Headliners to educate persons of all ages about the accomplishments of women from the past and illustrate the women’s struggle for equality.
Mary’s published works:
co-author of Braddock’s True Gold- 20th Century Life in the Heart of Fairfax County (2006)
author of A Christmas Flight: Aviation Pioneer, Dr. William Christmas (2013)
author of Aviation:From Curiosity To Reality (2018)
author of Almost Forgotten Women: Yesterday’s Headlines (2020)