America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines (Paperback)

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America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines (Paperback)


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Rich in detail, filled with fascinating characters, and panoramic in its sweep, this magnificent, comprehensive work tells for the first time the complete story of the American woman from the Pilgrims to the 21st-century

In this sweeping cultural history, Gail Collins explores the transformations, victories, and tragedies of women in America over the past 300 years. As she traces the role of females from their arrival on the Mayflower through the 19th century to the feminist movement of the 1970s and today, she demonstrates a boomerang pattern of participation and retreat.

In some periods, women were expected to work in the fields and behind the barricades—to colonize the nation, pioneer the West, and run the defense industries of World War II. In the decades between, economic forces and cultural attitudes shunted them back into the home, confining them to the role of moral beacon and domestic goddess. Told chronologically through the compelling true stories of individuals whose lives, linked together, provide a complete picture of the American woman’s experience, Untitled is a landmark work and major contribution for us all.

Gail Collins, a columnist for the New York Times, was the the first woman ever to serve as editorial page editor for the paper. Previously, she was a member of the Times editorial board, and a columnist for the New York Daily News and New York Newsday.

“A fascinating compendium” — Oprah Magazine

“Masterful...Collins’ sly wit and unfussy style makes this historical book extremely accessible.” — People

“Though America’s Women is an easy and entertaining read, it also fulfills the radical promise of women’s history.” — Chicago Tribune

“Illuminating cultural history of American women... Informative and entertaining.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Collins offers a fast-paced and entertaining narrative history of American women.” — Library Journal

“This is one of the most fascinating American History books I’ve ever read. I learned something new on every page.” — Huntsville Times

“Gail Collins knows how to tell a story. Lively, witty, and dead serious, this wise history is a fascinating read.” — Linda K. Kerber, professor of history, University of Iowa, and author of No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies