The Female Frontier: A Comparative View of Women on the Prairie and the Plains

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University Press of Kansas, 1988 - Frontier and pioneer life - 299 pages
Until the mid 1970s, frontierswomen appeared in histories of the American West only as one-dimensional stereotypes or not at all. The intention of this study is to demonstrate not only that women did play highly significant and multifaceted roles in the development of the American West but also that their lives as settlers displayed fairly consistent patterns which transcended geographic sections of the frontier. Further, the author maintains that these shared experiences and responses of frontierswomen constituted a "female frontier." In other words, frontierswomen's responsibilities, life styles, and sensibilities were shaped more by gender considerations than by region.

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About the Author:
Glenda Gates Riley is Bracker Professor of American History at Ball State University. Among her many publications are Inventing the American Woman, Women and Indians on the Frontier and The Female Frontier.

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