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Author Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher. 1938-

Title Well-behaved women seldom make history / Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

Imprint New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2007.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    305.42 ULR    Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description xxxiv, 284 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The slogan -- Three writers -- Amazons -- Shakespeare's daughters -- Slaves in the attic -- A book of days -- Waves.
Summary "They didn't ask to be remembered," historian Ulrich wrote in 1976 about the pious women of colonial New England. And then she added a phrase that has since gained widespread currency: "Well-behaved women seldom make history." Today those words appear on T-shirts, bumper stickers, and more--but what do they really mean? Here, Ulrich ranges over centuries and cultures, from the fifteenth-century writer Christine de Pizan, who imagined a world in which women achieved power and influence, to the writings of nineteenth-century suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton and twentieth-century novelist Virginia Woolf. She contrasts Woolf's imagined story about Shakespeare's sister with biographies of actual women who were Shakespeare's contemporaries. She uses daybook illustrations to look at women who weren't trying to make history, but did. Throughout, she shows how feminist historians, by challenging traditional accounts of both men's and women's histories, have stimulated more vibrant and better-documented accounts of the past.--From publisher description.
Subject Christine, de Pisan, approximately 1364-approximately 1431. Livre de la cité des dames.
Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, 1815-1902. Eighty years and more.
Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941. Room of one's own.
Women -- History.
Women in literature.
ISBN 9781400041596

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