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Daughters of the Declaration: How Women Social Entrepreneurs Built the American Dream

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America’s founding fathers established an idealistic framework for a bold experiment in democratic governance. The new nation would be built on the belief that “all men are created equal, and are endowed...with a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The challenge of turning these ideals into reality for all citizens was taken up by a set of exceptional Am ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by PublicAffairs (first published January 1st 2011)
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Margaret Sankey
Feb 02, 2012 Margaret Sankey rated it did not like it
Holy crap this is an obnoxious book. I picked it up after a couple of popular reviews led me to believe it would be a later 19th century _Parlor Politics_ about the informal social networks that elite women used to exercise power. Instead, it is a thinly-veiled polemic disguised as "women's history" with the theme of how good women used their titan of industry husbands' money to provide social services to the deserving (so the government didn't have to) while less virtuous women campaigned usele ...more
Rachael
Jan 28, 2012 Rachael rated it liked it
Shelves: social-change
This book was an interesting look at the role of female social entrepreneurs and the foundations they created for our modern-day work in the nonprofit/social entrepreneurship sector. I found the introduction and conclusion especially powerful -- it tied together the themes of the book, the accomplishments of the profiles and the power of these women extremely well.

I struggle with the layout of the core of the book. Although broken up extremely logically, I found it difficult to follow each chap
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