Article Title

A Tyranny of Petticoats


Kiersten Carr


Outstanding, Young Adult, Jessica Spotswood, Historical Fiction, American Women, Short Stories

Document Type

Book Review


A compilation of 15 short stories about American women, A Tyranny of Petticoats features tough, brave, practical female characters from time periods spanning the early 1700’s to 1968. Each created by a different YA author, the characters run the gamut from pirates to protesters, belles to bank robbers, students, teachers, sisters and supernatural beings. An unsparing portrait of women’s often-neglected place in history, the stories also highlight each character’s determination to make her own story whatever the opposition.