This post is the one-hundredth entry for this meme suggested by Sheila@ One Persons Journey Through A World of Books. [Entries 22-25 in the series were posted at the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories]
This was an ‘advance reader’ book I got from LibraryThing.
This was the review I wrote:
“A well balanced commentary on the Mormon view of women's status during the lifetime of Dr. Martha (Mattie) Hughes Cannon during the latter half of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Dr. Martha's triumphs and tribulations are illustrative of both the good and the bad of the implementation of Mormon principles within the territorial and federal jurisdictions during this period. As the first elected woman State Senator in the nation, the status of Dr. Martha (Mattie) in American history is secure. This book well presents that status. I highly recommend it to those with an open minded interest in these subjects.”
Book Description from Amazon:
Dr. Martha tells the fascinating story of Martha Hughes Cannon, the first woman elected to the Utah state senate—in 1896. She was a polygamist wife, a practicing physician, and an astute and pioneering politician. In compelling prose, author Mari Graña traces Cannon’s life from her birth in Wales to her emigration to Utah with her family in 1861, her career as a physician, her marriage, her exile in England, her subsequent return, and her election to the Utah state senate. Her husband was the Republican candidate she, a Democrat, defeated in that historic election.
Dr. Bill ;-)