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Olivia Waite is a romance author, practicing feminist, and wide-ranging dilettante.

The Mrs.

The Dry Years - Norman H. Clark

Getting into the meat of this book, though it's heavier on senatorial elections and less thorough about northwest speakeasy culture than I'd hoped. (Later chapters might address this.) We've now seen a few women popping up and being active in politics: Mabel Walker Willebrandt, or Bertha Landes. And every time, our author refers to these women as 'Mrs.' so-and-so. Men get either full names (Mark Matthews), nickname plus surname (Kinky Thompson), or just surnames (Jones). Women -- even when they are elected mayor of a major American city less than ten years after women were first allowed to vote -- are still given this gendered marker of address. Times like this I'm really glad not to live in the 1960s (when the first edition of this book was published).