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Daughters of the Declaration: How Women Social Entrepreneurs Built the American Dream Hardcover – November 8, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs; 1 edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610390318
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610390316
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,290,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kirkus, August 11
“An interesting sidelight on the transformation of laissez-faire capitalism and the shaping of markets toward more ethical behavior.”

Publishers Weekly, September 15, 2011
“The examples of strong women who were agents of change for their fellow citizens are edifying and inspirational.”
 
Booklist
“[Gaudiani and Burnett] have a broader purpose in examining the work of generations of American women activists…Their subjects are, the authors urge, “social entrepreneurs” who brought to the issues they championed the same optimism, idealism, and determination—and the same strategic planning, tactical flexibility, and operational creativity—that for-profit entrepreneurs applied to their fledgling industries. In the process…these women developed a vibrant “social profit” sector, which continues to demand that American society reconsider, in each generation, whether it is living up to the values embodied in the Declaration of Independence.”
 
New City Chicago
“Worthy and eye-opening…Daughters of the Declaration is a real American saga.”  

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“Academicians Gaudiani and Burnett note that learning just about entrepreneurs such as Rockefeller and Carnegie provides only a partial understanding of the development of the US, which grew as a nation because of female social entrepreneurs like the ones discussed herein, who worked to improve society and the lives of citizens. This book would make excellent reading for courses in US history, women's history, or public health. Exhaustive footnotes, complete bibliography, and a comprehensive index….Highly recommended.”

About the Author

Claire Gaudiani is an expert on the history and economics of American philanthropy. From 2004-2009, she served as clinical professor at the Heyman Center for Philanthropy at New York University, where she directed the graduate program in philanthropic studies. From 2001-2004 at the Yale Law School, she wrote The Greater Good: How Philanthropy Drives the American Economy and Can Save Capitalism. Gaudiani served for 13 years as president of Connecticut College, where she was also professor of French. She is married to David Burnett, PhD, her partner in Gaudiani Associates.

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Still in process of reading, but so far it has been very enlightening and thought provoking. I had just finished reading 'Lean In' so Daughters of the Declaration is a very interesting contrast as to how far or not women have come!? It is a lot more fun to hear Claire speak and tell these stories!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jwithersjr on October 21, 2012
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This was a timely and well written book. It gave the reader a good understanding of the historic contributions of women to the world.
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