Award-winning author discusses “Swimming Against the Tide in Crinoline and Pin Curls: The Life and Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker."
According to Campbell, Isabella Beecher Hooker, the younger half-sister of Harriet Beecher Stowe, was a prime example of the modern woman—trying to have it all, and trying to have it all at once. She cut her teeth on the abolition movement then moved to push for votes for women. Raised to believe that her place was at home, Hooker chaffed at the role. She was prickly. She refused to go quietly. She sided against her powerful family when her brother, a noted minister, was involved in a sex scandal that rocked the nation. Though he was a neighbor, Mark Twain avoided her, as did some of her family members. Hooker was, in her own words, "tempest-tossed," and, as Campbell points out, we can learn a lot from her, in no small part because “she kept her sense of humor and her rage intact.”