Encyclopedia of Women in the American West


The Encyclopedia of Women in the American West captures the lives of more than 150 women who made their mark from the mid–1800s to the present, contextualizing their experiences and contributions to American society. Including many women biographied for the first time, the Encyclopedia offers immense value and interest to practicing historians as well as students and the lay public.

The Encyclopedia covers nine diverse topical categories:


  • Arts and Letters
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Law
  • Pioneers
  • Public Performance
  • Religion
  • Women’s Organizations

The West is often portrayed as a rough and tumble man’s world, but behind these men—and often independently—were women with the dreams, strength, and determination to make a difference. The Encyclopedia of Women in the American West is a tribute to their independence, intelligence, courage, spirit, perseverance, and daring.

Key Features

Authoritative and in-depth articles on a wide range of salient issues in women’s history

  • Suggested readings and interpretive materials for every entry
  • Bridges two perennially popular areas of academic and lay interest: the American West and women’s history
  • Developed and priced to appeal to high school and public libraries as well as academic libraries


Rights Information


Bibliographic Information
  • Pub date: June 2003
  • English
  • 9781452265261 / 076192356X
  • Primary Price: 140 GBP
  • Pages: 408
  • SAGE Publications / SAGE Publications, Inc
  • Readership: Professional and scholarly
  • Publish State: Published
  • Responsibility: edited by Gordon Morris Bakken, Brenda Gail Farrington.
  • Page size: 28
  • Reference Code: BDZ0005804199