Encyclopedia of Women in the American West

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Gordon Moris Bakken, Brenda Farrington
SAGE, Jun 26, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 381 pages
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The Encyclopedia of Women in the American West captures the lives of more than 150 women who made their mark from the mid–1800s to the present, contextualizing their experiences and contributions to American society. Including many women biographied for the first time, the Encyclopedia offers immense value and interest to practicing historians as well as students and the lay public.

The Encyclopedia covers nine diverse topical categories:


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

The West is often portrayed as a rough and tumble man’s world, but behind these men—and often independently—were women with the dreams, strength, and determination to make a difference. The Encyclopedia of Women in the American West is a tribute to their independence, intelligence, courage, spirit, perseverance, and daring.

Key Features

Authoritative and in-depth articles on a wide range of salient issues in women’s history

  • Suggested readings and interpretive materials for every entry
  • Bridges two perennially popular areas of academic and lay interest: the American West and women’s history
  • Developed and priced to appeal to high school and public libraries as well as academic libraries



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Recent trends in historiography of the American West show increasing interest in the contribution of women of all races to this significant region's historic development. Bakken (history, California ... Read full review


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About the author (2003)

Gordon Morris Bakken is Professor of History at California State University, Fullerton. He has written several book and articles including The American West, co-authored by Brenda Farrington.

Brenda Farrington is an adjunct faculty member of Long Beach City College who has taught for five years in our history program. She has recently co-authored a book with Gordon Bakken from Cal State Fullerton "Learning California History," subtitled "Learning Skills for the Survey Course and Beyond."