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CHRIS ENSS. High Country Women

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CHRIS ENSS. High Country Women. Riverbend. Trade paperback, 104 pages, $12.95, www.riverbendpublishing.com.

The “Women’s Lib” era of the 1970s was nothing new. Women have been pushing the envelope of a “man’s world” since … well, for a long time. We’ve all heard about Annie Oakley and Calamity Jane and such, but how about Elizabeth Pershing or Jessie Fremont or Clare Hodges? These are women who broke the glass ceiling of the 19th Century and made a difference as pioneers of Yosemite National Park. It was the first “scenic reservation” created by a central government (June 30, 1864). This book is filled with colorful women who scaled, explored, recorded and respected this incredible California frontier.