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National Parks and the Woman's Voice

  National Parks and the Woman’s Voice
Polly Welts Kaufman
344 pages, softcover: $22.95.
University of New Mexico Press, 2006.

This updated edition of a decade-old book examines the role of women in the National Park Service, from Yellowstone explorers of the late 1800s to present-day park founders and advocates. Women now fill one-quarter of park superintendent jobs, up from 16 percent 10 years ago — but the words "first woman to serve as" are not yet a phrase of the past.