By Gordon Morris Bakken, Brenda Gail Farrington

The Encyclopedia of girls within the American West captures the lives of greater than a hundred and fifty ladies who made their mark from the mid–1800s to the current, contextualizing their reviews and contributions to American society. together with many girls biographied for the 1st time, the Encyclopedia deals sizeable price and curiosity to practising historians in addition to scholars and the lay public.

The Encyclopedia covers 9 different topical categories:


  • Arts and Letters
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Law
  • Pioneers
  • Public Performance
  • Religion
  • Women’s Organizations

The West is frequently portrayed as a coarse and tumble man’s international, yet in the back of those men―and frequently independently―were ladies with the goals, energy, and backbone to make a distinction. The Encyclopedia of girls within the American West is a tribute to their independence, intelligence, braveness, spirit, perseverance, and daring.

Key Features

Authoritative and in-depth articles on quite a lot of salient concerns in women’s historical past

  • Suggested readings and interpretive fabrics for each access
  • Bridges perennially well known parts of educational and lay curiosity: the yank West and women’s heritage
  • Developed and priced to entice highschool and public libraries in addition to educational libraries


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Once again, the legislature could not bring itself to give women the vote. Subsequently, Munds and O’Neill launched an initiative campaign in the summer of 1912 to collect the 3,342 signatures required by state law to place an initiative on the November ballot. For 6 weeks over 50 Arizona male and female volunteers, many of whom belonged to the Socialist Party, canvassed the state without the assistance of NAWSA. The petition drive was successful and the ballot went before the male voters of the state that fall.

S. Army had removed most of the nomadic tribal population to reservations in the 1870s. Soon after white farmers, miners, and ranchers started moving to Arizona, woman’s suffrage became an issue. A Mormon attorney from Prescott, Murat Masterson, introduced the first suffrage bill in the territorial legislature in 1881. However, at the time, anti-Mormon sentiment in Arizona was strong. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints were supporters of a woman’s right to vote, but most early woman’s suffrage leaders were evangelical Baptists and Methodists who were unwilling to include the Mormons in their campaign because they did not want to be associated with the polygamous practices of some Mormons.

These women ran to represent women and children, but also often had experience in business, so they were able to tackle all issues they faced as public officials, blurring the line between male and female politicians. From 1920 until 1950, the Arizona BPW was also involved in sustained battles to expand the rights of women in Arizona. They boosted the political involvement of women by encouraging them to register and vote and by preparing them for their new rights of citizenship. Foremost among these, they believed, was the right of women to serve on juries.

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