Petticoats, Politics, & Pirouettes: Oklahoma Women, 1900-1950

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Petticoats, Politics, & Pirouettes: Oklahoma Women, 1900-1950, By Glenda Carlile

2007 [ISBN: 1-58107-120-5; 212 pages; 5 ½ x 8 ½ inch; soft cover] $16.95


PPPwebCovOklahomans in petticoats have excelled and have been recognized all over the world for their outstanding achievements. Petticoats, Politics, and Pirouettes is a collection of stories of Oklahoma women from 1900 to 1910, and their amazing accomplishments. Included are women prominent in politics, such as Alice Robertson, Chief Alice Brown Davis, and Perle Mesta. Others were active in civil rights, such as Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher; and, in the arts, such as the Five Indian Ballerinas, story teller Te Ata, artist Augusta Metcalfe, writer/historian Angie Debo, and show girls Ruby Darby and Mignon Laird. Read the exciting stories of Oklahoma’s first Miss America, Norma Smallwood, or of World War I prisoner of war Rosemary Hogan, and early day female dentist Theresa Hunt Tyler. Wonder at the mysterious Lyde Marland, or outlaw “Ma” Barker, or oil-wealthy Jane Phillips. Learn about the Harvey Girls, and Seminole’s legendary “Granny” Fern McFarland.

The Contents

  • Augusta MetcalfOklahoma’s Story Book Artist
  • Alice Brown DavisChief of the Seminoles
  • Theresa Hunt TylerWatonga’s First Dentist
  • Mignon LairdZigfield Showgirl
  • Angie DeboOklahoma’s First Lady of History
  • Miss Alice RobertsonShe Kept House For the Nation
  • The Harvey GirlsThe Girls who Won the West
  • Ruby DarbyThe Toast of the Oil-Fields Workers
  • Lyde Roberts MarlandOklahoma’s Lady of Mystery
  • Norma SmallwoodOklahoma’s first Miss America
  • Jane Phillips“Aunt Jane”
  • Oklahoma’s Five Indian Ballerianas
    • Yvonne Choteau
    • Rosella Hightower
    • Moscelyne Larkin
    • Maria Tallchief
    • Marjorie Tallchief
  • Col. Rosemary HoganThe Angel of Bataan
  • Fern McFarlandSeminole’s Granny Fern
  • Arizona Donnie “Kate” BarkerThe Infamous “Ma” Barker
  • Ada Lois Sipuel FisherPioneer of Integrated Education
  • Perle MestaThe Hostess With the Mostess
  • Te AtaBearer of the Morning
  • Alice Marriott“The Story Writing Woman”
  • Muriel Hazel WrightKeeper of Oklahoma History
  • Mabel Bourne BassettMother to the State’s Unfortunate

About the Author

The Author

Although not a native Oklahoman, Glenda Carlile considers herself an “Okie” by interest and love. Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Florida, she knew little about Oklahoma before moving to the state in 1962. She attributes her love of Oklahoma history to her husband, Tom, a native Oklahoman. A former newspaper correspondent for The Daily Oklahoman and The Midwest City Sun and the operator of a local tour company, Glenda became fascinated with the many women who played prominent roles in Oklahoma history and how little is known about them. Her first book, Buckskin, Calico, and Lace was a collection of stories of Oklahoma’s territorial women. Now in Petticoats, Politics, and Pirouettes she continues the vivid accounts of Oklahoma Women and the outstanding contributions they made to the world from 1900 to 1950. Familiar to audiences across the state, Glenda Carlile, in period costume, presents programs on Oklahoma’s outstanding women. She also is a noted book reviewer, primarily on books by Oklahoma authors or with an Oklahoma theme. The wife of an osteopathic physician, Glenda has three daughters and two grandchildren. She is known for her community and professional service including serving as the 1989-90 National president of the Auxiliary to the American Osteopathic Association. She is past president of the Oklahoma Center For The Book and an officer for the Oklahoma County Historical Society. Her numerous awards include the Auxiliary to the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association’s 1988 Woman of the Year, the 1990 Distinguished Service Award from the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and a joint resolution of commendation from the Oklahoma House of Representatives and the Oklahoma Senate in 1989.


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