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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.

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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.

Carrie Nation

Carrie Nation
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.”

Belva Lockwood

Belva Lockwood
1884 presidential candidate

“I can not vote, but can be voted for.”

Annie Smith Peck

Annie Smith Peck
Mountain Climber

“Climbing is unadulterated hard labor. The only real pleasure is the satisfaction of going where no man has been before and few can follow.”


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)


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