When the movement toward North American colonial independence from Britain was gaining momentum, Abigail Adams wrote a letter to her husband, John Adams, in which she admonished the movers toward independence to “Remember the Ladies” in looking how to shape an independent nation.
Now, I’ve joined writers writing about historical women so that society “doesn’t forget the contributions of women.”
My foray into writing about writing about historical women began with co-writing a book about my Irish great-great grandmother, Harriet Susannah Ellis.
I am now leading the development of an anthology: “Don’t Forget the Ladies: A Look at Women Who Have Gone Before.” This will be part of the “Out of Obscurity” book series bring the lives of individual women of yesteryear to light. Keep an eye out for updates.
Published biographies from additional authors and publishers about historical women:
- A Place of Her Own: The Legacy of Oregon Pioneer Martha Poindexter Maupin . Martha’s year and country of birth: 1844?, USA. Author: Janet Fisher
- Harriet Susannah Ellis (the book about my Irish great-great grandmother). Harriet’s year and country of birth: 1863, Ireland. Co-authors: Kim Burkhardt and Brian Ellis.
- The Sligo-Leitrim World of Kate Cullen (1832-1913). Country: Ireland. Author: Hilary Pyle.
- The Wicklow World of Elizabeth Smith 1840 – 1850. Country: Ireland. Authors: Dermot James, Seamas O Maitiu.
- The Presumptuous Dreamers: A Sociological History of the Life and Times of Abigail Scott Duniway: 1834 – 1915 . Country: USA. Author: Helen Krebbs Smith.
- Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin (Benjamin Franklin’s youngest sister). Year and Country of birth: 1700’s, USA. Author: Jill Lapore.
- Leave Me Alone with the Recipes: The Life, Art, and Cookbook of Cipe Pineles. Author: Cipe Pineles. Country: Europe and USA. Editors: Sarah Rich, Wendy MacNaughton.
- The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies. Author: Jason Fagone.
Also, an interesting article about the changing nature of historical biographies is available here from History Today.