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Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

From admired historian--and coiner of one of feminism's most popular slogans--Laurel Thatcher Ulrich comes an exploration of what it means for women to make history.

In 1976, in an obscure scholarly article, Ulrich wrote, "Well behaved women seldom make history." Today these words appear on t-shirts, mugs, bumper stickers, greeting cards, and all sorts of Web sites and blogs. Ulrich explains how that happened and what it means by looking back at women of the past who challenged the way history was written. She ranges from the fifteenth-century writer Christine de Pizan, who wrote The Book of the City of Ladies, to the twentieth century's Virginia Woolf, author of A Room of One's Own. Ulrich updates their attempts to reimagine female possibilities and looks at the women who didn't try to make history but did. And she concludes by showing how the 1970s activists who created "second-wave feminism" also created a renaissance in the study of history.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Publish Date: Sep 23rd, 2008
  • Pages: 320
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.06in - 5.16in - 0.71in - 0.71lb
  • EAN: 9781400075270
  • Categories: WomenFeminism & Feminist Theory

About the Author

LAUREL THATCHER ULRICH was born in Sugar City, Idaho. She holds degrees from the University of New Hampshire, University of Utah, and Simmons College. She is 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard University and past president of the American Historical Association. As a MacArthur Fellow, Ulrich worked on the PBS documentary based on her Pulitzer Prize-winning book A Midwife's Tale. Her work is also featured on an award-winning website called She is immediate past president of the Mormon History Association. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Praise for this book

"A bravura performance. . . . Ulrich is brilliant here. . . . Few have done as much to so profoundly enrich and enlarge our vision of the past." --The Boston Globe

"The book is a pleasure to read. . . . Ulrich's style is plain and direct." --The Washington Post Book World

"Ulrich writes with deep insight and humor about subjects that touch our daily lives." --The Washington Times