A History of Women in America

From Founding Mothers to Feminists-How Women Shaped the Life and Culture of America
Author: Carol Hymowitz,Michaele Weissman
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0307790436
Category: Social Science
Page: 416
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From colonial to modern-day times this narrative history, incorporating first-person accounts, traces the development of women's roles in America. Against the backdrop of major historical events and movements, the authors examine the issues that changed the roles and lives of women in our society. Note: This edition does not include photographs.

Unsung: A History of Women in American Music


Author: Christine Ammer
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 1483577007
Category: Music
Page: 600
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This updates and expanded edition of the classic text in the field describes hundreds of women musicians -- composers, instrumentalists, orchestra and opera managers, music educators, and music patrons, and their activity from the 18th to 21st centuries. It includes their most important compositions and awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and Gravemeyer Award. It also includes descriptions of women's ensembles, both classical, such as the Women's Philharmonic of Chicago, and popular jazz groups.

Born for Liberty


Author: Sara Evans
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0684834987
Category: History
Page: 408
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Traces the role of American women in history, from the Iroquois matron and Puritan "goodwife" to the dual-role career woman and mother of the eighties

You Have Stept Out of Your Place

A History of Women and Religion in America
Author: Susan Hill Lindley
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 9780664257996
Category: Religion
Page: 516
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Women throughout American history have repeatedly been accused of "stepping out of their places" as many have fought for more rewarding roles in the church and society. In this book, Susan Hill Lindley demonstrates that just as religion in the traditional sense has influenced the lives of American women through its institutions, values, and sanctions, so women themselves have had significant effect on the shape of American religion through the years.

An economic history of women in America

women's work, the sexual division of labor, and the development of capitalism
Author: Julie A. Matthaei
Publisher: Schocken Books ; Brighton, Sussex : Harvester Press
ISBN: 9780805207446
Category: Social Science
Page: 381
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Examines the role of women in the development of the American economy from colonial times to the present

In the Company of Educated Women

A History of Women and Higher Education in America
Author: Barbara Miller Solomon
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300036398
Category: Education
Page: 298
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Traces the history of the struggle of women to achieve equality in American colleges from Colonial times to the present

America's Women

400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines
Author: Gail Collins
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061739227
Category: History
Page: 608
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America's Women tells the story of more than four centuries of history. It features a stunning array of personalities, from the women peering worriedly over the side of the Mayflower to feminists having a grand old time protesting beauty pageants and bridal fairs. Courageous, silly, funny, and heartbreaking, these women shaped the nation and our vision of what it means to be female in America. By culling the most fascinating characters -- the average as well as the celebrated -- Gail Collins, the editorial page editor at the New York Times, charts a journey that shows how women lived, what they cared about, and how they felt about marriage, sex, and work. She begins with the lost colony of Roanoke and the early southern "tobacco brides" who came looking for a husband and sometimes -- thanks to the stupendously high mortality rate -- wound up marrying their way through three or four. Spanning wars, the pioneering days, the fight for suffrage, the Depression, the era of Rosie the Riveter, the civil rights movement, and the feminist rebellion of the 1970s, America's Women describes the way women's lives were altered by dress fashions, medical advances, rules of hygiene, social theories about sex and courtship, and the ever-changing attitudes toward education, work, and politics. While keeping her eye on the big picture, Collins still notes that corsets and uncomfortable shoes mattered a lot, too. "The history of American women is about the fight for freedom," Collins writes in her introduction, "but it's less a war against oppressive men than a struggle to straighten out the perpetually mixed message about women's roles that was accepted by almost everybody of both genders." Told chronologically through the compelling stories of individual lives that, linked together, provide a complete picture of the American woman's experience, America's Women is both a great read and a landmark work of history.

Invisible Stars

A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting
Author: Donna L. Halper
Publisher: M.E. Sharpe
ISBN: 9780765605818
Category: Social Science
Page: 331
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Broadcast historian Donna Halper has tracked down & interviewed living relatives, gathered rare photos & letters, & scoured early newspapers & magazines to reconstruct the lives & work of the pioneering women of broadcasting. Her social history considers the wider questions of society's expectations for women, how their roles changed during & after World War II, & how the advent of television changed the employment landscape.

Still Jewish

A History of Women and Intermarriage in America
Author: Keren R. McGinity
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814764347
Category: History
Page: 325
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Describes the lives of Jewish women who have married outside their religion and how they have maintained their Jewish identity, and discusses how interfaith relationships have been portrayed in the media.

We Killed

The Rise of Women in American Comedy
Author: Yael Kohen
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0374287236
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 308
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Traces the careers and achievements of comediennes and challenges opinions about why women cannot be effective comedic entertainers, with coverage of celebrities, including Joan Rivers, Lily Tomlin, and Tina Fey.

Feminism in America

A History
Author: William L. O'Neill
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351519964
Category: Social Science
Page: 334
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William L. O'Neill's lively history of American women's struggle for equality is written with style and a keen sense for the variety of possible interpretations of 150 years of the feminist movement, from its earliest stirring in the 1830's to the latest developments in the 1980s. O'Neill's most controversial thesis is that the feminist movements of the past have largely failed, and for reasons that remains of deep concern; the movements have never come to grips with the fact that marriage and the family are the chief obstacles to women's emancipation. O'Neill also holds that the sexual revolution of the 1920s, far from liberating women, actually undermined their role in American life. O'Neill treats seriously the ideas of the great feminist leaders and their organizations. His was the first book to deal directly with the failure of feminism as a social force in American society; to tie together the scattered people and events in the history of American women; and to examine seriously feminist experience in the twentieth century. Since the women's agenda is hardly complete, the women's movement remains active, often militantly so. In this new revised edition, O'Neill interprets and illumines not only the history of feminism, but aspects of feminism that still trouble us today. O'Neill's book was widely heralded upon its initial publication. Elizabeth Janeway, writing for Saturday Review, calls it "a truly intelligent discussion...an extraordinary perceptive analysis." Carl Degler, in the Magazine of History calls A History of American Feminism "the most challenging and exciting book on the subject of women to appear in years." And Lionel Tiger, writing for the NewRepublic, says that "O'Neill has turned his mastery of a wide range of historical sources into a lively, engaging, and almost faultlessly sensible book."

Women in Early America


Author: Thomas A. Foster
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 1479812196
Category: History
Page: 320
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Women in Early America, edited by Thomas A. Foster, tells the fascinating stories of the myriad women who shaped the early modern North American world from the colonial era through the first years of the Republic. This volume goes beyond the familiar stories of Pocahontas or Abigail Adams, recovering the lives and experiences of lesser-known women—both ordinary and elite, enslaved and free, Indigenous and immigrant—who lived and worked in not only British mainland America, but also New Spain, New France, New Netherlands, and the West Indies. In these essays we learn about the conditions that women faced during the Salem witchcraft panic and the Spanish Inquisition in New Mexico; as indentured servants in early Virginia and Maryland; caught up between warring British and Native Americans; as traders in New Netherlands and Detroit; as slave owners in Jamaica; as Loyalist women during the American Revolution; enslaved in the President’s house; and as students and educators inspired by the air of equality in the young nation. Foster showcases the latest research of junior and senior historians, drawing from recent scholarship informed by women’s and gender history—feminist theory, gender theory, new cultural history, social history, and literary criticism. Collectively, these essays address the need for scholarship on women’s lives and experiences. Women in Early America heeds the call of feminist scholars to not merely reproduce male-centered narratives, “add women, and stir,” but to rethink master narratives themselves so that we may better understand how women and men created and developed our historical past. Instructor's Guide

The Moral Property of Women

A History of Birth Control Politics in America
Author: Linda Gordon
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252027642
Category: Social Science
Page: 446
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Describes the history of birth control over the past two hundred years, identifying the controversies, politics, and reactions from people before and after the women's rights movement.

Women in Modern America

A Brief History
Author: Lois W. Banner
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780155063501
Category: Social Science
Page: 264
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Investigate the ways in which notions of gender difference have changed over time with WOMEN IN MODERN AMERICA. This book examines the broad themes that have shaped women's experiences in the United States from 1890 to the present day, as well as how a wide variety of women have both created and responded to shifting, often controversial cultural, political, and social roles.

Out to Work

A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States
Author: Alice Kessler-Harris
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195157095
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 414
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First published in 1982, this pioneering work traces the transformation of "women's work" into wage labor in the United States, identifying the social, economic, and ideological forces that have shaped our expectations of what women do. Basing her observations upon the personal experience of individual American women set against the backdrop of American society, Alice Kessler-Harris examines the effects of class, ethnic and racial patterns, changing perceptions of wage work for women, and the relationship between wage-earning and family roles. In the 20th Anniversary Edition of this landmark book, the author has updated the original and written a new Afterword.

Jewish Women in America: A-L


Author: Paula Hyman,Deborah Dash Moore,Phyllis Holman Weisbard,American Jewish Historical Society
Publisher: New York : Routledge
ISBN: 9780415919340
Category: History
Page: 1770
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This encyclopedia provides the first standard reference work on the lives, history and activities of Jewish women in the United States. Covering a period which extends from the arrival of the first Jewish women in North America in 1654 to the present, this two-volume set presents the most comprehensive and detailed portrait of American Jewish women ever published, and brings together for the first time the wealth of recent scholarship on this subject. Includes: * Biographical entries on over 800 individual women. * 128 topical articles on organizations such as Hadassah, the National Council of Jewish Women, Mizrachi, and the Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. * Major essays on Jewish women's participation in the movement for women's suffrage, social reform, civil rights, and the recent women's movement. * The activities of Jewish women in politics, business, education, the arts, and religion. * A readable, inviting format with over 500 large photographs. * Bibliographies at the end of each entry which include overviews of major scholarship in the field, complete citations of more general works and citations of additional bibliographical and reference sources. * The comprehensive index includes citations to every substantive discussion in the entries as well as all proper names appearing in the text, such as organizations, book, song and film titles, schools, and individuals. The "Encyclopedia" provides information on American Jewish women in all fields of endeavor, and pays special attention to the work of women in the arts, academics, law, the labor movement, education, science, medicine, journalism and publishing, and on the lives of ordinary Jewish women during all time periods and in all regions of the United States.

Women and the Historical Enterprise in America

Gender, Race, and the Politics of Memory, 1880-1945
Author: Julie Des Jardins
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 9780807854754
Category: History
Page: 380
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Looks at the works of women historians, from the late nineteenth century to the end of World War II, and their impact on the social and cultural history of the United States.

Citizenship and the Origins of Women's History in the United States


Author: Teresa Anne Murphy
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812208285
Category: History
Page: 240
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Women's history emerged as a genre in the waning years of the eighteenth century, a period during which concepts of nationhood and a sense of belonging expanded throughout European nations and the young American republic. Early women's histories had criticized the economic practices, intellectual abilities, and political behavior of women while emphasizing the importance of female domesticity in national development. These histories had created a narrative of exclusion that legitimated the variety of citizenship considered suitable for women, which they argued should be constructed in a very different way from that of men: women's relationship to the nation should be considered in terms of their participation in civil society and the domestic realm. But the throes of the Revolution and the emergence of the first woman's rights movement challenged the dominance of that narrative and complicated the history writers' interpretation of women's history and the idea of domestic citizenship. In Citizenship and the Origins of Women's History in the United States, Teresa Anne Murphy traces the evolution of women's history from the late eighteenth century to the time of the Civil War, demonstrating that competing ideas of women's citizenship had a central role in the ways those histories were constructed. This intellectual history examines the concept of domestic citizenship that was promoted in the popular writing of Sarah Josepha Hale and Elizabeth Ellet and follows the threads that link them to later history writers, such as Lydia Maria Child and Carolyn Dall, who challenged those narratives and laid the groundwork for advancing a more progressive woman's rights agenda. As woman's rights activists recognized, citizenship encompassed activities that ranged far beyond specific legal rights for women to their broader terms of inclusion in society, the economy, and government. Citizenship and the Origins of Women's History in the United States demonstrates that citizenship is at the heart of women's history and, consequently, that women's history is the history of nations.