For Today’s Launch Day: Monday with Mary Walker

June 1 is launch day, which means Dr. Mary Walker’s Civil War is out in the world. For those of you who preordered the book, thank you. To those of you who haven’t, there’s always time to do so for yourself or for someone else–it would make a great graduation gift and/or Father’s Day gift, and you could ask your local library to purchase a copy. One final request. You can boost the book’s profile by recommending it to other readers either personally or by leaving a review on all of your favorite book sites.

As I mentioned last week, I’m using launch day to post the teaser for the final chapter of the book. I’ll wrap up Dr. Mary Walker Wednesdays in two days with the teaser from the epilogue.

Chapter Eleven: The Old “New Woman”

Brushing off the harsh treatment she had received from Susan B. Anthony and other delegates of the National Woman Suffrage Association, Mary Walker blazed her own women’s rights path, emphasizing dress reform while she stumped for suffrage.

Doctor Mary Walker, between 1911 and 1917. (Harris & Ewing/US Library of Congress)

(Library of Congress)

Mary Walker’s attire became more explicitly masculine as she grew older. This photo, probably taken some time between 1911 and 1917, shows the Bloomer costume of the 1800s transformed into tailored trousers and a long coat. The top hat indicates she had been out on an important errand; she dressed up for such occasions. By the 1910s, the “new women” of the early 20th century readily donned trousers for outdoor activities like riding bicycles. It took awhile, but Mary Walker’s belief about fashion finally caught on.