“Although there are a number of books that trace the history of women in the U.S., this is an exceptionally fine compilation that looks at the lives of American women in general and in particular. The introduction covers the role women had in building the country and explains the areas on which the authors have chosen to focus: health, paid work, home, education, beauty, amusements, and the arts. The book then proceeds in chronological fashion, beginning with the Revolutionary War. Throughout, it is filled with fascinating anecdotes about individual women and the lives they led, but it also sets these lives against the sweep of U.S. history. Consequently, this can be likened to a quilt, where both the individual pieces and the whole demand attention. This is an attractive offering as well, with historical art and photographs-color and black-and-white-enlivening each page. Most readers probably won’t read this hefty tome from beginning to end, but the material is so interesting, a few just might.” Cooper, Ilene.
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The Amelia Bloomer Project of the American Library Association has chosen Women Making America to be in their top ten books of 2010. “The books [on the Amelia Bloomer list] show girls and women—past and present, real and fictional—breaking stereotypes to follow their dreams and pursue their goals, challenging cultural and familial stereotypes to gain an education, taking charge, and making plans for community, regional, national, and world change,’ says the Task Force. ‘We hope that these books inspire readers to make the world a better place for all.’”
The Amelia Bloomer Project creates an annual booklist of the best feminist books for young readers, ages birth through 18. They are part of the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association. You can read more at http://ameliabloomer.wordpress.com/
It is our honor to have Women Making America reviewed by the awesome Jo Freeman. Freeman is one of the founding mothers of second wave feminism and a founder of Chicago’s West Side group, probably the first Women’s Liberation group in the nation. She is an attorney, well-known feminist scholar, speaker, and author. Her most recent book is We Will Be Heard: Women’s Struggles for Political Power in the United States. Political buttons from her private collection appear in our book.
After what has been a long and wonderful process, we have hardcover and paperback editions of Women Making America in stock and ready for sale! The new web site is live (obviously) and we are excited.
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