A new, full-length book on the history of leading Illinois women not only celebrates the state bicentennial, but also marks National Women’s History Month, coming up in March.
Notable Women of Illinois History is a fully-documented, illustrated softcover work by acclaimed historian Tom Emery, of Carlinville, who recently released a full-length compilation, "The History of Illinois," that has been well-received by readers, reviewers and media across the state.
Emery is a contributor to multiple newspapers, including The Times, who has lectured on his research across the state.
His latest release is a compact compilation of his articles on 22 of the fascinating women of Illinois history. Political leaders, social reformers, writers, historians, librarians, and athletes are included in the work, which includes some of Illinois’ greatest names.
Relatively little has been written on women in Illinois history, even in recent years. Emery’s book fills that void with a fast-moving, concise look at top women who were ground-breakers in their respective fields.
Among them are Jane Addams, the renowned Chicago social reformer who was called “the most famous American woman of the 20th century,” as well as Lottie Holman O’Neill, the first female legislator in Illinois, who served four decades in Springfield.
Also included are Illinois poet laureate Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, as well as Margaret Abbott, the first female gold medalist in Olympics history.
Other leading ladies in the book include legendary Civil War nurse “Mother” Bickerdyke, revered state archivist Margaret Cross Norton and Julia Taft Bayne, who produced a charming biography of the Lincoln White House. "Notable Women of Illinois History" includes more than 20 photos as well as a full bibliography, complete footnotes with annotation and index.
“These women are heroes and role models to people of both sexes,” said Emery, who has created 28 book and booklet titles. “The level of oppression that they endured is hard to comprehend. They were the first, or one of the few, in their professions, and what they accomplished is simply remarkable.
“I’ve been writing for a long time, and these subjects are some of my favorites I’ve ever done. I can’t tell you how much I respect them,” continued Emery. “This is one of the most satisfying projects I’ve ever done, without a doubt.
“I want my work to be easy for everyone to read, and this is no exception,” said Emery. “Women have played an integral role in the development of this state, and I believe that women have just as much interest in history as men. I want anyone who reads this book to take something away from it.”
Quantities will be limited, and buyers are asked to order by Friday, March 2, to guarantee shipment. Delivery is expected around Saturday, March 10.
Orders can be placed with PayPal (use the email firstname.lastname@example.org) or by mail by sending name, address, phone and check or money order to History in Print, 337 E. Second South St., Carlinville, IL 62626. For more information, call 217-710-8392.