There is nothing wrong with choosing to become a housewife. For many, it is a satisfying career. But by the 19th century, it became apparent that in the opinions of many women, that was not their choice.
The battle to provide women greater freedom of choice, however, raged well into the 20th century. And even now, some argue women’s opportunities are still less than men’s.
In our book, you will find stories about what life was like, in 21 different careers, for women pioneering in them. Divided into three equal parts, there are stories about traditional careers (actress, artist, author, dancer, domestic servant, singer, and teacher), blue collar careers (animal trainer, cashier, detective, factory worker, grave digger, professional balloonist, and telephone operator), and professional/managerial careers (CEO, entrepreneur, journalist, lawyer, manager, nurse, and preacher).
Additionally, preceding each of these parts, are mini bios of (mostly) real women, some famous, and some not, who were the actual pioneers in these careers.
And finally, among the authors recounting these experiences you will also encounter some eminent literary pioneers: Rebecca Harding Davis, Willa Cather, Edna Ferber, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Ellen Glasgow, Sarah Orne Jewett, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward, and Constance Fenimore Woolson.
It is our hope that you will find these stories, and our book, entertaining and informative.