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.