Professor Bakers recent book Sisters: The Lives of America's Suffragists (Hill and Wang, 2005) interweaves the private lives of five suffrage leadersLucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Willard, and Alice Paul with their public achievements as it narrates the long struggle for the rights of citizenship. Baker points out that while most Americans venerate the public and private lives of our founding fathers, we know only the public lives if thatof our founding mothers. She uses biography as a means of telling the story of the suffrage movement.
Professor Baker lives on a farm, likes to swim, play tennis, and ride horseback, and names all her animals after figures whom she admires and writes about in her books. She has a golden retriever named Maggie after Margaret Sanger and a horse, named by one of her eight grandchildren, called Bama. Her talk at the Athenaeum is part of the history department series Critical Topics in World History.