All Things Maine
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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Remarkable Maine Women

Kate Kennedy of Cape Elizabeth has gathered the stories of thirteen courageous Maine women for her new book, More than Petticoats: Remarkable Maine Women. This is the latest addition to the More than Petticoats series.

From the book description:
This book recreates the life-and-times of thirteen inspiring and independent women in fascinating, brief biographies. Meet Marguerite "Tante Blanche" Thibodeau Cyr, the "mother of Madawaska," whose bravery and kindness during one brutal winter saved her frontier settlement; botanist-artist Kate Furbish, who tramped Maine's wilderness, collecting, classifying, and painting all of its flowering plants; and Florence Nicolar Shay, a Penobscot basketmaker who demanded and succeeded in gaining rights for her people.
Kennedy moved to Maine in 1977, after years of spending summer vacations at a family cottage on Chebeague Island. Her first book, published in 2002, was a small-town murder mystery titled End Over End. Of the important Maine women considered for her current book, Kennedy says she was forced to select "just a smattering."
“I know you could write 10 of these books,” she said, “anybody given the task would’ve come up with a different list.”

Popular U.S. Sen. Margaret Chase Smith was included amid a throng of lesser-known women. “A lot of them weren’t well known but they should have been,” said Kennedy. [Link]
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