There were over 400 women who were light keepers. By the 1800s, almost all of the United States' lighthouses had female assistant light keepers or head light keepers at one time or another.
J. Candace Clifford championed female light keepers in the book, "Women Who Kept the Light.”
J. Candace Clifford used her expertise to help advance the cause of lighthouses and women during brief life. She coauthored the book, "Women Who Kept the Light" which sheds light on the dynamic impact of female lighthouse keepers. Candace served as a maritime historian for the National Park Service and the United States Lighthouse Society. The United States Lighthouse Society has launched a new online catalog in her name.
I met J. Candace Clifford at the reopening of the Anclote Key Lighthouse in Florida. She took photos of the event and did a television interview. I was sketching when our paths crossed. Candace paused to photograph me. We exchanged business cards and talked briefly. After the publication of the article she encouraged me to write, I was contacted about an art exhibit. My exhibit “Shattering the Lens” at the National Lighthouse Museum in New York paid homage to Candace Clifford and female light keepers.