FEISTY AND FORMIDABLE FEMMES

Byline: Susan Watters

It takes a strong woman to sit by and watch her husband take heat from Congress. But Jurate Kazickas knows a thing or two about strong women.
Kazickas, the wife of Deputy Treasury Secretary Roger Altman, joined ABC's Lynn Sherr in tracking down stories of female daredevils, wildcats, firebrands and iconoclasts. And almost 2,000 of them appear in their new book, "Susan B. Anthony Slept Here: A Guide to American Women's Landmarks" (Random House, $18.00). Arranged by state for the monuments, museums and historic places made famous by various women, the book is a tribute to the feisty and formidable.
Take the cross-dressers. "The book has plenty of them," says Kazickas, pointing to Joe Monahan, who gained a reputation as Ruby City, Idaho's best bronco buster. Assumed to be a celibate tenderfoot, no one knew she was a woman until after her death in 1903. Also included is Civil War physician and suffragist Mary E. Walker of Oswego, N.Y., who insisted on wearing a man's black frock suit and, according to the authors, "may have been the first female officer war prisoner exchanged for a man of equal rank."
Kazickas and Sherr began collaborating in 1971 when they worked as reporters for the Associated Press in New York. On the side, they put out an annual Women's Calendar until 1980. In 1976, they published "The American Women's Gazetteer." Then in 1991, Sherr called Kazickas about doing a sequel.
The two authors have tracked down women and their memorials in the most unlikely places. Kazickas, for example, discovered suffragette Carrie Chapman Catt died in New Rochelle in 1947, down the block from where Kazickas grew up. And Sherr has become so interested in Susan B. Anthony that she's coming out with her biography later this year.
Among the most notorious celebrities in the book is Hannah Duston, whose monument in Bocawen, N.H., is the first statue to a woman in the U.S. She is commemorated for leading a massacre in 1697 of 10 sleeping Indians who had captured her. The statue, which depicts her clutching a tomahawk, has been controversial since 1952, when critics of her deed shot off its nose.
Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C., is listed as the site of a special place for women with philandering husbands. The monument to Marian "Clover" Adams was commissioned by Henry Adams and includes a hooded bronze statue known as "Grief." Marian Adams committed suicide when she learned of her husband's indiscretions. Later, Sherr writes, Eleanor Roosevelt came here to seek comfort when she learned of her husband's affair with Lucy Mercer.
While Kazickas and Sherr limited themselves to the sites of women in history, there are some places associated with living women they consider just as important, including Betty Friedan's home in Sag Harbor, Gloria Steinem's office at Ms. magazine, and Supreme Court Judge Sandra Day O'Connor's bench.
"Katharine Hepburn's house in Connecticut would have to be included," says Kazickas. "And Barbara Walter's New York apartment," adds Sherr.
Roseanne Barr doesn't make the list. And when Sherr asks, "What about Madonna's house in Miami?" Kazickas frowns, saying, "We'll have to wait and see."
Both authors agree their book is for feminists. "We define feminists as anyone who believes women are people," says Sherr.

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