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The Sister with a Hammer

Part III

From: Storming the Old Boys’ Citadel


Part three of Sister with a Hammer focuses on the life of Mother Joseph (born Esther Pariseau) a catholic nun who is representative of the nameless pioneer women who helped to build nineteenth century North America. This chapter focuses on the ongoing restoration and preservation projects surrounding what is left of Mother Joseph’s works in the present day. The chapter includes interviews with the activists in the Washington region who have been advocating for historic preservation in recent decades.



Carla Blank

Carla Blank is the author of Live On Stage! and Rediscovering America: The Making of Multicultural America, 1900–2000. Her articles have appeared in El Pais, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, Green Magazine, Hungry Mind Review,Counterpunch, and Konch. She lives in Oakland, California.

Tania Martin

Tania Martin is a professor at the Université Laval School of Architecture in Québec City where she has held the Canada Research Chair in Built Religious Heritage since 2005. She has published essays in scholarly journals on architectural history and North American religious institutional structures. She lives in Québec City.