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America's Women: Four Hundred Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines Hardcover – Deckle Edge, September 23, 2003
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I can't think of any topic that might interest women that is NOT covered in this book. You name it, it's in here somewhere, maybe more than one somewhere: clothing styles, laundry, planting and harvesting, food preparation, child rearing, makeup, hair styles, transportation, education, political involvement (or lack thereof), male dominance vs. female assertion, travel, authors, feminine hygiene, medical issues (menstruation, sexual mores, marriage, pregnancy, childbearing, hysterectomies, and more), physical anatomy, dancing, business entrepreneurs, societal demands, and more. I guarantee that every reader will learn a LOT.
The book boosted my appreciation for the freedoms enjoyed in America now, most of them secured through difficulty and/or at great cost to those advocating change. I found myself thinking--nowadays we are SO spoiled! We don't see how privileged we are to be living NOW.
I'm sure many, if not most, women today take for granted the freedoms we enjoy as women everyday. Younger women especially have no idea what women of the past have had to endure, just to live. Indeed, the book makes it abundantly clear, that the past one hundred years or so are the first time, ever, that it has actually been desirable to be a female at all.