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About the Author

Dr. Gloria Harris began her career as a psychologist in the early 1970s after receiving her doctorate from the University of Washington. She has been a lecturer at San Diego State University, department of women's studies, and was inducted into the San Diego Women's Hall of Fame in 2010. She is a board member of the Women's Museum of California. Hannah Cohen has a Master's of Science degree in Library and Information Sciences and an Advanced Diploma in Educational Administration. She was a public affairs consultant for several non-profit organizations developing strategies, writing grant proposals, and advocating for policy development for the homeless.
She is currently a board member of the Women's Museum of California, a member of their Speaker's Bureau, and chairperson of the museum's Fund Development Committee.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; First edition. edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609496752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609496753
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,543,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great snapshot of the history collected. While many histories try to make everyone stand apart, Harris groups together individuals to make it easier for the reader to appreciate the efforts and contributions of the women included. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a lot of information in a brief format.
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Truly awful book about a fantastic topic. I plowed through as best I could, as far as I could, holding my nose at the poorly documented facts and oversimplified stories, gritting my teeth over the notes section (couched as "Bilbiography")'s over-reliance on web documentation as a source. For example, the life of Lillie Hitchcock Coit was constructed from what is listed as "[...]" and "[...]" in the notes. After visiting those webpages, I need to add plagarism to the list of crimes committed by this wretched book, with many sections of text from the website reprinted verbatim without attribution or quotes in the book.

But I may have been able to stumble blindly through the fog of a poorly written, poorly researched book had I not tripped over the typo of a name, Ina Coolbrith referred to as Ina "Coolbirth" in this poor excuse for a history book, published by an outfit called The History Press. If they cannot get Coolbrith's name correct, the first Poet Laureate of California, what hope do they have in getting anything in this rag correct?

After that incredible mistake, I flipped through the rest of the book and nearly gagged on the reductive, assumptive, dumbed down history that does a true disservice to the phenomenal history of women in California. Julia Morgan was known to have climbed scaffoldings in her skirt? Well I'll be gobsmacked to hell! "Apparently the hostility to women that was commonplace in the professions of layers and doctors was not as deeply ingrained in the fields of architectural design and urban planning." Excuse me, WHAT?
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This new book is a well researched, fascinating and lively portrayal of amazing women who live/lived in California during the past 200 years. It is a wonderful addition to my own collection and will be a great gift for many of my friends.
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