Martha Saxton is a professor of history and women's and gender studies at Amherst College. Professor Saxton has written biographies for actress Jayne Mansfield and author Louisa May Alcott. Her most recent publication is Being Good: Women's Moral Values in Early America (Hill and Wang, 2003). But she is working on a new project entitled The Widow Washington, on George Washington's mother Mary Ball Washington. She lives in New York City.