Jeanne Arnold Papers, 1977-2009

Summary Information

Title: Jeanne Arnold Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1977-2009

  • Arnold, Jeanne, 1931-
Call Number: UWP Manuscript Collection 017

  • 0.7 cubic ft.
  • 1.5 boxes

Archival Locations:
UW-Parkside Library / Parkside Area Research Ctr. (Map)

Jeanne Arnold (formerly Jeanne Chalekian) and Barbara Lindquist are lesbian feminist authors of Racine, WI. During the 1970’s, they worked at St. Luke’s hospital. In 1977, workers at the hospital staged a strike. Arnold, a journalist, kept a chronicle of the six-week incident. The women further founded Mother Courage Bookstore and Art Gallery in Racine in 1978 to promote feminism and to establish a gathering place for women. In 1981 Phyllis E. Sweet asked them to publish her manuscript entitled Something Happened to Me, which addressed child sexual abuse. Mother Courage Press published 50,000 copies domestically and internationally. The work was translated into Hebrew, Dutch and Spanish. The press eventually published 26 books on the theme of abuse, feminism, feminist spirituality, and lesbianism. In 2004, Arnold began a series of seven books--memoirs entitled, Whistling Girls and Crowing Hens.

Language: English

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