A history of the American West told for the first time through the pioneering women who used the challenges of migration and settlement as opportunities to advocate for their rights, and transformed the country in the process.
This upbeat account abounds with brief stories of trailblazers ... At times, Gallagher casts her subjects in flat, modern terms, such as writing that one of them 'prioritized' or had 'skill sets'. Yet the stories mostly transcend occasional banalities ... A mostly engaging account of how the West was won for women from all walks of life.
Gallagher delivers a buoyant women’s history of the American West ... Gallagher brings a fresh lens to the suffrage movement, and rescues many of her pioneering subjects from obscurity. Feminists will be heartened by this rich and satisfying history.