Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 23, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 284 pages
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   From admired historian—and coiner of one of feminism's most popular slogans—Laurel Thatcher Ulrich comes an exploration of what it means for women to make history.

   In 1976, in an obscure scholarly article, Ulrich wrote, "Well behaved women seldom make history."  Today these words appear on t-shirts, mugs, bumper stickers, greeting cards, and all sorts of Web sites and blogs.  Ulrich explains how that happened and what it means by looking back at women of the past who challenged the way history was written.  She ranges from the fifteenth-century writer Christine de Pizan, who wrote The Book of the City of Ladies, to the twentieth century’s Virginia Woolf, author of A Room of One's Own.  Ulrich updates their attempts to reimagine female possibilities and looks at the women who didn't try to make history but did.  And she concludes by showing how the 1970s activists who created "second-wave feminism" also created a renaissance in the study of history.




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User Review  - sbsolter - LibraryThing

I did not find Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History as engaging as I was expecting. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich inadvertently invented the slogan that is the title of this book; it was just a sentence in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tamra Karl - Goodreads

This book took me a long time to read -- it is dense with historical examples. I don't know how I can criticize a Pulitzer Prize winning Harvard history professor, but I'll try. For a book you'd pick ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is currently Phillips Professor of Early American History and 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard. Her book A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1795-1812, won the Pulitzer Prize in History, the Bancroft Prize, and the American Historical Society's John H. Dunning and Joan Kelly Memorial Prizes. Ulrich's discovery of Martha Ballard and work on the diary has been chronicled in a documentary film written and produced by Laurie Kahn-Leavitt with major funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Experience television series. Ulrich is also the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and many other honors and awards.




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