New Jersey's Remarkable Women

Daughters, Wives, Sisters, and Mothers Who Shaped History

Book Description

New Jersey's Remarkable Women features fourteen exceptional women born prior to 1900. Portraits include Alice Huyler Ramsey, the first woman to drive across America; Hannah Silverman, a labor activist during the Paterson silk strikes who fought fearlessly for better working conditions; Abigail Goodwin, a gentle Quaker who bravely conducted many slaves to freedom from her home on the Underground Railroad; and Clara Maass, a nurse who gave her life to stop the scourge of yellow fever. Each woman in this book made lasting contributions to society and embodied a fierce determination and independent spirit that is as inspiring now as it was then.

About Wenzel, Lynn

Lynn Wenzel and Carol J. Binkowski co-authored I Hear America Singing: A Nostalgic Tour of Popular Sheet Music (Crown/Random House) in 1989 and are delighted to have worked together again on this project.

Lynn Wenzel’s articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in Newsweek, the New York Times, Newsday, and Ms., among many others. She was a contributing writer to the anthology Past and Promise: Lives of New Jersey Women and was a nationally syndicated feature writer on antiques and collectibles for such publications as Antique Review, Antique Week, American Country Collectibles, and Victorian Design and Living. She was managing editor of New Directions for Women, a national and international feminist newsmagazine, for many years. Lynn writes for and serves on the Editorial Board of the The Union newspaper, founded in 1851. A poet, playwright, and California native, she lives in the historic Sierra Nevada gold rush town of Grass Valley, California with her husband, Jeff.

Carol J. Binkowski is the author of Opening Carnegie Hall: The Creation and First Performances of America’s Premier Concert Stage; Joseph F. Lamb: A Passion for Ragtime; and Musical New York. She is a reviewer for Library Journal as well as an essayist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and The Washington Post, among other publications. A New York native, Carol lives in New Jersey with her husband, Richard, and is an active musician in the metropolitan area.