To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done For America - A History (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jun 8, 2000 - History - 448 pages
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This landmark work of lesbian history focuses on how certain late-nineteenth-century and twentieth-century women whose lives can be described as lesbian were in the forefront of the battle to secure the rights and privileges that large numbers of Americans enjoy today. Lillian Faderman persuasively argues that their lesbianism may in fact have facilitated their accomplishments. A book of impeccable research and compelling readability, TO BELIEVE IN WOMEN will be a source of enlightenment for all, and for many a singular source of pride.
  

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Review: To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done For America - A History

User Review  - Thorn MotherIssues - Goodreads

So many fascinating little tidbits (Didja know Spelman was founded by a white lesbian couple? Huh???) and a fascinating overarching narrative. I really enjoyed it. Read full review

Review: To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done For America - A History

User Review  - Holly - Goodreads

Great book! Hard to put down if you enjoy stories of smart women going against the grain. Provides an ancestry to lesbian and bisexual women and an eye-opening historical account to anyone who grew up learning the straight-washed version of American women's history. Highly recommend! Read full review

Contents

I How Americon Women Gol Enfronchised
13
II How America Got a Social Conscience
97
III How Americon Women Got Educated
173
IV How Americon Women Got into the Professions
253
Back Matter
349
Back Cover
435
Spine
436
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Page 18 - ... assemblage of rampant women which convened at the Tabernacle yesterday was an interesting phase in the comic history of the nineteenth century.
Page 8 - Two selfsupporting adults decide to make a home together: if both are women it is a pleasant partnership, more fun than work; if one is a man, it is almost never a partnership — the woman simply adds running the home to her regular outside job.

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Lillian Faderman is the author of such acclaimed works as To Believe in Women, Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers, and Surpassing the Love of Men. Among the many honors her work has received are the Yale University James Brudner Award for Exemplary Scholarship in Lesbian/Gay Studies, three Lambda Literary Awards, and the Paul Monette Award. She teaches literature and creative writing at California State University at Fresno.

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