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Mary Elizabeth Garrett

Society and Philanthropy in the Gilded Age

Kathleen Waters Sander

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A captivating look at the remarkable life of this nineteenth-century suffragist, philanthropist, and reformer.

Mary Elizabeth Garrett was one of the most influential philanthropists and women activists of the Gilded Age. With Mary's legacy all but forgotten, Kathleen Waters Sander recounts in impressive detail the life and times of this remarkable woman, through the turbulent years of the Civil War to the early twentieth century. At once a captivating biography of Garrett and an epic account of the rise of commerce, railroading, and women's rights, Sander's work reexamines the great social and…

A captivating look at the remarkable life of this nineteenth-century suffragist, philanthropist, and reformer.

Mary Elizabeth Garrett was one of the most influential philanthropists and women activists of the Gilded Age. With Mary's legacy all but forgotten, Kathleen Waters Sander recounts in impressive detail the life and times of this remarkable woman, through the turbulent years of the Civil War to the early twentieth century. At once a captivating biography of Garrett and an epic account of the rise of commerce, railroading, and women's rights, Sander's work reexamines the great social and political movements of the age.

As the youngest child and only daughter of the B&O Railroad mogul John Work Garrett, Mary was bright and capable, well suited to become her father's heir apparent. But social convention prohibited her from following in his footsteps, a source of great frustration for the brilliant and strong-willed woman.

Mary turned her attention instead to promoting women's rights, using her status and massive wealth to advance her uncompromising vision for women's place in the expanding United States. She contributed the endowment to establish the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine with two unprecedented conditions: that women be admitted on the same terms as men and that the school be graduate level, thereby forcing revolutionary policy changes at the male-run institution. Believing that advanced education was the key to women's betterment, she helped found and sustain the prestigious girls' preparatory school in Baltimore, the Bryn Mawr School. Her philanthropic gifts to Bryn Mawr College helped transform the modest Quaker school into a renowned women's college. Mary was also a great supporter of women's suffrage, working tirelessly to gain equal rights for women.

Suffragist, friend of charitable causes, and champion of women's education, Mary Elizabeth Garrett both improved the status of women and ushered in modern standards of American medicine and philanthropy. Sander's thoughtful and informed study of this pioneering philanthropist is the first to recognize Garrett and her monumental contributions to equality in America.

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Sander's book offers a well-researched and warm portrait of a female maverick who redefined the meaning of the term daddy's girl.

Highly recommended.

Garrett's biography is long overdue, and Kathleen Waters Sander does a splendid job.

A well-written, judicious, and engrossing examination of one of the major women philanthropists in the United States during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

An important, richly detailed biography of a formidable nineteenth-century woman who worked in a man's world to help women attain education, suffrage, and equality.

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9
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360
ISBN
9781421438641
Illustration Description
20 halftones
Table of Contents

Preface
Foreword, by Senator Barbara A. Mikulski
Introduction: Quiet Revolutionary
1. Garrett's Road
2. Ascension
3. Expansion and Restriction
4. After Garrett
5. The Practical Head of the Garrett Family
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Preface
Foreword, by Senator Barbara A. Mikulski
Introduction: Quiet Revolutionary
1. Garrett's Road
2. Ascension
3. Expansion and Restriction
4. After Garrett
5. The Practical Head of the Garrett Family
6. The Scheme
7. A Pleasure to Be Bought
8. The Happiness of Getting Our Work Done
9. Wise and Far-sighted
Appendix A: Class of 1879, the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania
Appendix B: Analysis of the Women's Medical School Fund Campaign
Notes
Essay on Sources
Index

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Kathleen Waters Sander, Ph.D.

Kathleen Waters Sander teaches history at the University of Maryland Global Campus. She is author of The Business of Charity: The Woman's Exchange Movement, 1832–1900 and John W. Garrett and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.