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The Sister with a Hammer

Part I

From: Storming the Old Boys’ Citadel


Part one 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 her early life growing up in Saint-Elzéar, Quebec, to a French Catholic family, when she became a nun, her move to Fort Vancouver in 1851, and her early career in Washington State until 1864.



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.