Carol Cornwall Madsen
An Advocate for Women: The Public Life of Emmeline B. Wells, 1870-1920
In An Advocate for Women: The Public Life of Emmeline B. Wells, 1870-1920
Carol Cornwall Madsen eloquently portrays the struggle of the nineteenth-century
woman to define her role in a male-dominated society. Madsen follows the paths of
Emmeline Wells “as a dedicated suffragist, a well-known editor, a friend and co-worker
of many national leaders of the controversial women’s movement.” Emmeline, a prominent
local LDS figure, made herself a powerful force on the national scene. Madsen reveals
Emmeline as both a public and private person, a woman of ambition and tender feelings.
Through carefully crafted writing, with much detail and insight, Madsen presents to the
reader an incredible yet believable historical figure. Articulate in her writing,
careful in her historical detail, and honest in her presentation, Carol Cornwall Madsen
has rightfully earned the Association for Mormon Letters’ 2007 Award for Biography.