Immigrant American Women Role Models

Fifteen Inspiring Biographies, 1850–1950


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About the Book

In August 1832 Elizabeth Blackwell immigrated from England; 17 years later she was the first woman to graduate from an American medical college. Mother Francesca Saveria Cabrini arrived from Italy in 1889 to establish convents, schools, orphanages and hospitals to serve Italian immigrants.
These two women and 13 others (Lilly Martin Spencer, Maria Kraus-Boelte, Anna Howard Shaw, Mary Adelaide Nutting, Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Mary Pickford, Evangeline Cory Booth, Senda Berenson, Helen Rubinstein, Sophie Loeb, Dorothy Jacobs Bellanca, Gerty Theresa Radnitz Cori and Eva Le Gallienne) overcame the hardships of moving to a new country and societal stigmas of gender to make a difference.

About the Author(s)

The late Moira Davison Reynolds, a retired biochemist, wrote about women who made significant contributions to United States culture, including several books about activists, artists, authors and scientists. She lived in Marquette, Michigan.

Bibliographic Details

Moira Davison Reynolds
Format: softcover (5.5 x 8.5)
Pages: 176
Bibliographic Info: 16 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014 [1997]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9377-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Illustrations vi
Preface and Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 1

Elizabeth Blackwell 5
Lilly Martin Spencer 21
Maria Kraus-Boelte 29
Anna Howard Shaw 37
Mother Cabrini 49
Mary Adelaide Nutting 61
Ernestine Schumann-Heink 73
Evangeline Cory Booth 81
Senda Berenson 95
Helena Rubinstein 101
Sophie Loeb 109
Mary Pickford 115
Dorothy Jacobs Bellanca 125
Gerty Theresa Radnitz Cori 133
Eva Le Gallienne 139

Epilogue 151
Sources 161
Index 165

Book Reviews & Awards

“an entertaining look at great women of European descent”—Journal of Women’s History.