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Lighthouse Keepers
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Butler, Mrs. Henry F. I Was A Yeoman (F). Naval Historical Foundation, 1967.

Clifford, Mary Louise and J. Candace. Women Who Kept the Lights: An Illustrated History of Female Lighthouse Keepers. Williamsburg, Virginia: Cypress Communications, 1993.

Cohen, Daniel A. The Female Marine and Related Works. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1997.

Collins, Winifred Quick. More Than a Uniform: A Navy Woman in a Navy Man's World. Denton, Texas: University of North Texas Press, 1997.

Cordingly, David. Women Sailors & Sailors' Women. New York: Random House, 2001.

Creighton, Margret S. "Women and Men in American Whaling, 1830-1870." International Journal of Maritime History 4.1 (June 1992): 195-218.

--- and Lisa Norling, eds. Iron Men, Wooden Women: Gender and Seafaring in the Atlantic World, 1700-1920. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.

Dessez, Eunice C. The First Enlisted Women, 1917-1918. Philadelphia: Dorrance, 1955.

Druett, Joan. Captain's Daughter, Coasterman's Wife: Carrie Hubbard Davis of Orient. Orient, N.Y.: Oysterponds Historical Society, 1995.

---. Hen Frigates: Wives of Merchant Captains Under Sail. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1998.

---. Petticoat Whalers: Whaling Wives at Sea, 1820-1920. New Zealand: Collins University Press, 1991.

---. She Captains: Heroines and Hellions of the Sea. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2000.

---. "She Was a Sister Sailor": The Whaling Journals of Mary Brewster, 1845-1851. Mystic: Mystic Seaport Museum Inc., 1992.

---. "Those Female Journals." The Log of Mystic Seaport 40.4 (Winter 1989): 115-125.

Dugaw, Dianne. "Rambling Female Sailors: The Rise and Fall of the Seafaring Heroine." International Journal of Maritime History 4.1 (June 1992): 179-194.

---. Warrior Women and Popular Balladry. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.

Ebbert, Jean and Marie-Beth Hall. Crossed Currents: Navy Women in a Century of Change. Washington, D.C.: Batsford Brassey, 1999.

Girdler, L. Tracy. An Antebellum Life At Sea. Montgomery: Black Belt Press, 1997.

Greenhill, Basil and Ann Gifford. Women Under Sail. Newton Abbot: David and Charles, 1970.

Greenlaw, Linda. The Hungry Ocean. New York: Hyperion, 1999.

Guildford, Janet, and Suzanne Morton, eds. Separate Spheres: Women's Worlds in the 19th- Century Maritimes. Fredericton, New Brunswick: Acadiensis Press, 1994.

Howell, Colin, and Richard Twomey, eds. Jack Tar in History: Essays in the History of Maritime Life and Labour. Fredericton: Acadiensis Press, 1991.

Jagielski, Barbara. "Mary Patten: Heroine of the High Seas." Sea Classics 25.8 (August 1992): 64-71.

Jensen, Vickie. Saltwater Women at Work. Vancouver: Douglas and McIntyre, 1995.

MacKay, Anne, ed. She Went A-Whaling: The Journal of Martha Smith Brewer Brown. Orient, N.Y.: Oysterponds Historical Society, 1993.

Maxtone-Graham, John, ed. Titanic Survivor: The Newly Discovered Memoirs of Violet Jessop Who Survived Both the Titanic and Britannic Disasters. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Sheridan House, 1997.

Petroski, Catherine. A Bride's Passage: Susan Hathorn's Year Under Sail. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1997.

Riley, Dawn and Cynthia Flanagan. Taking the Helm. Little, Brown, 1995.

Snow, Alice Rowe. Log of a Sea Captain's Daughter, with Adventures on Robinson Crusoe's Island by Alice Rowe Snow Who Sailed with Her Father, Captain Joshua N. Rowe, on the Bark Russell during a Voyage of Four Years and a Half. Boston: Meador Publishing, 1944.

---. More Stories from the Log of a Sea Captain's Daughter. Printed by Alice Rowe Snow, 1949.

Snow, Edward Rowe. Women of the Sea. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1962.

Stanley, Jo, ed. Bold in Her Breeches: Women Pirates Across the Ages. London: Pandora, 1995.

Stark, Suzanne J. Female Tars: Women Aboard Ship in the Age of Sail. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1996.

Zauner, Phyllis. "Petticoats on the Poopdeck: Those Courageous Bluewater Women." The Compass 65.1 (1995): 7-9.


Avi. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. New York: Marrow, William, 1997.

Bouchard, David. The Mermaid's Muse: The Legend of the Dragon Boats. Vancouver: Raincoast Books, 2000.

De Pauw, Linda Grant. Seafaring Women. Boston: Houghton and Mifflin, 1982.

Doherty, Berlie. Daughter of the Sea. New York: Dell Laurel-Leaf, 1997.

Giff, Patricia Reilly. The Gift of the Pirate Queen. New York: Delacorte Press, 1982.

Lasky, Kathryn. Grace the Pirate. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 1997.

Hautzig, Deborah. Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid. New York: Random House, 1991.

Jarv, Kathleen. The Lighthouse Mermaid. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 1998.

Maden, Mary. The Great Pirate Adventure. Kill Devil Hills, N.C.: Dog and Pony Publishing, 1999.

Osborne, Mary Pope. Mermaid Tales from Around the World. New York: Scholastic, Inc., 1999.

Riordan, James, ed. Stories from the Sea. New York: Abbeville Kids, 1996.

Roop, Peter and Connie. Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 1985.

Yolen, Jane, and David Shannon. The Ballad of the Pirate Queens. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1998.


The America True America's Cup racing team, with Captain Dawn Riley.

American Women's History: A Research Guide, National Archives. Site with information and links on how to research women's history at the National Archives and other institutions.

Gifts of Speech: Women's Speeches from Around the World. Site dedicated to women's history and great women of the world.

The Minerva Center. A nonprofiteducational foundation supporting the study of women in war and women and the military.

National Women's Hall of Fame. History and online activities about women.

Special Collections Library, Duke University. Women's Studies Resources with collections online.

University of Texas Special Collections and Archives Department. A guide to uncovering women's history in archival collections.

The Virginia Foundation for Women. Organization dedicated to women's history and current women's issues.

"What did you do in the war, Grandma?" An oral history of Rhode Island women during World War II.

Women in World History Curriculum. Site with historical information and curriculum about women throughout history.

The Women's History Project. Information, educational material, and products on women's history.

Women's International Center. Organization dedicated to acknowledging, honoring, and encouraging women. History of women on an international level.

Women's Rights National Historical Park. Women's history information and activities.

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