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A history of the oft-marginalized sex must often draw from diaries and journals, which were disproportionally written by whites; as a result, African-American and Native American women are not as well represented as white in the earlier chapters of America's Women. However, Gail Collins writes about women of many races and ethnicities, and in fact provides more information about Native Americans, African-Americans, and Chinese, Jewish, and Italian immigrants than some general U.S. history books. She writes about rich and poor, young and old, urban and rural, slave and slave-owner, athlete and aviatrix, president's wife and presidential candidate--and, of course, men and women. And some of these women--from the justly famous, like Clara Barton and Harriet Tubman, to the undeservedly obscure, like Elizabeth Eckford and Senator Margaret Chase Smith--will not only make any woman proud to be a woman, they will make any American proud to be American.
An editor at the New York Times, Gail Collins has also written Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity, and American Politics and, with Dan Collins, The Millennium Book. --Cynthia Ward --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is an excellent book to remind us of where we're from, of the women who paved the way. It also brings to light that sadly, the Equal Rights Amendment was never ratified. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hallie Edwards
Fascinating book. Couldn't put it down. The pioneer women worked hard with what they had and followed
their mates everywhere.
This book was both interesting and informative. It helps us to better understand what women have had to and are still enduring.Published 6 months ago by Karyn
I bought this as a "thank you for your service" gift for the president of a women's organization... Read morePublished 9 months ago by nancy hurlbert
First off, I experienced this book as an audio book. The reader enunciated well and read at an acceptable pace. Now on to the book itself. Read morePublished 9 months ago by M. Reynard
While this looks - and is - a history book, Gail Collins uses stories of real women to make history - or herstory - come alive for the reader. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Karen
I gave this book only 4 stars because it jumps around quite a bit, rather than focusing intensively on in-depth personal narratives. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ashleigh D.
Gail Collins created a picture of the American woman that goes far beyond those famous ladies who chained themselves to fences and were force fed for their efforts. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Marjorie J. Romano
This book started off well but then went into something I did not expect
and I lost interest. It could have been much better if the race thing
had not taken over.