Butler Center Books Highlight Arkansas Women

Over the years, Butler Center Books has published a number of ground-breaking books on Arkansas women and their accomplishments. Take a look at the six fascinating reads below, and view the entire catalog here.

Arkansas Women and the Right to Vote: The Little Rock Campaigns: 1868-1920

by Bernadette Cahill

Women from all over Arkansas – left out of the civil rights granted by the post-Civil War Reconstruction Amendments – took part in a long struggle to gain the primary civil right of American citizens: voting. Based on original research, Cahill’s book relates the history of some of those who contributed to this victorious struggle, reveals long-forgotten photographs, includes a map of the locations of meetings and rallies, and provides a list of Arkansas suffragists.





Faithful to Our Tasks: Arkansas’s Women and the Great War

by Elizabeth Griffin Hill

The United States was a vital, if brief, participant in World War I-spending only eighteen months fighting in “the Great War.” But that short span marked an era of tremendous change for women as they moved out of the Victorian nineteenth century and came into their own as social activists during the early years of the twentieth century.





Notable Women of Arkansas

by Nancy Hendricks

The one hundred Arkansas women profiled in Notable Women of Arkansas have glittered in the national spotlight. They have blazed trails in athletics, civil rights, literature, politics, science, show business, and the arts. They have been outlaws and outcasts. Some were born in poverty, while others came from unimaginable wealth. They have faced off against the publishing world, political foes, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.




Obliged to Help: Adolphine Fletcher Terry and the Progressive South

by Stephanie Bayless

This illuminating look at Adolphine Fletcher Terry’s life and accomplishments examines why this Southern aristocratic matron, the daughter of a Confederate soldier, tirelessly devoted herself to improving the lives of others and, in so doing, became a model for activism across the South.





Salty Old Editor: An Adventure in Ink

by Charlotte Tillar Schexnayder

Charlotte Tillar Schexnayder and her husband, Melvin, owned the Dumas Clarion newspaper, an influential voice in the life and politics of the Arkansas Delta, and Schexnayder later served for fourteen years in the Arkansas House of Representatives. She was a pioneer in helping to open the professions of politics and journalism to women. Salty Old Editor is the story of how Schexnayder overcame the many challenges she faced with abundant humor and grace – and with ink on her fingers.




Spiderwalk: The High Life and Daring Stunts of a Small-town Girl from Arkansas

by Ann “Annie” Miles

Ann Miles left her home in Malvern, Arkansas, as a teenager and began a series of daring and dangerous stunt jobs. Her book celebrates the pioneering spirit of a woman in 1950s America and tells what it took for Miles to survive on her own in the entertainment business, working as a stunt woman, model, makeup artist, and wig stylist in movies (including filming a terrifying stunt for The Exorcist), in television, and on Broadway.






About Butler Center Books

Butler Center Books is a project of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System. This nonprofit publishing program was made possible by a gift from John G. Ragsdale Jr. and Dora “DeDe” Ragsdale. Books are available at the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square in downtown Little Rock at the CALS Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art and other local bookstores, from online retailers, and from Butler Center Books’ distributer, the University of Arkansas Press (via University of Chicago Press). View all Butler Center Books titles here.










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