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Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History Paperback – September 23, 2008
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Ulrich may have bitten off more than she could chew, though, with writing this book. In her attempt to assess the accuracy of her now-legendary quote, she focuses on three prominent female figures in history: Christine de Pizan, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Virginia Woolf, then branches out with anecdotes from there. Clearly she had to narrow her focus; "women's history" is too vast and varied to be condensed into a single volume. (In that regard, look at what grade school textbooks have done to American history!) But Ulrich's choice of focus seemed arbitrary and, despite occasionally short forays elsewhere, was distressingly White and Western. Even the torso on the cover is White! Anyone considering writing a similar book in the future, I beg of you: remember to be inclusive! If you can't meet the goal of inclusivity in your target page length, perhaps you need to re-think the whole idea of your book.
So why do I give this book 4 stars despite my criticism? First of all, because any book that aims to tell the stories and histories of women deserves to be read, for reasons Ulrich details excellently in this book. Second, I enjoyed learning more about Christine de Pizan and Elizabeth Cady Stanton; Pizan because I'd never previously heard of her, and Stanton because she was complex (and controversial) far beyond her enduring fame as a suffragist.
In sum, this book is a recreational (and educational) read for those interested in the topic, but it should not be a primary source for learning about the histories of women.
I am a midwife, dedicated to women and their transitions in life , such as motherhood, grandmother hood, and the journey from maiden to mother to matriarch to crone. I learned much. And it reinforced my beliefs and knowledge.
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If I were a historian, this book might be helpful, but I couldn't get through it.Published 7 days ago by Jane Doe
Wonderful book that gave perspective on various women in history woven together with touchstones of three stories. Absolutely loved this!Published 8 months ago by lmzbooklvr
Well written and a pleasure to read. This was used as one of the textbooks for my college women's studies class and was very useful.Published 8 months ago by Shyann
I recently bought this for my female boss that is moving to a new position. In the beginning, she thought I was crazy (in a good way, I think), but kept telling her that well... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Connie Mears
This is a great book! I really like this author and her perspective. I gave this book to a high school senior going through some difficult personal situations in her life. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Gayle Horvath
I expected this book to be a light reading book, but it is more of a historical book about women of the past who didn't receive the credit they deserved. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Marianna
Meticulous scholarship in a book every woman should read. I was energized by it and want to go read many of the books authored by women that Dr. Ulrich mentions. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Melissa Jeppson