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America's Women by Gail Collins
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Mar 19, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010
Read in March, 2010

This is a readable assemblage of anecdotes and perspectives about American women that balances somber evaluations of slavery and women's health with a generally sunny outlook on women's progress. The variety of experiences--frontierswomen, immigrants, suffragettes, enslaved women, and more--made for a quick and absorbing read.

I read this book and When Everything Changed out of their implicit order; this book deals with America's women from the very first settlers to the present. It's easy to see why Collins thought the 20th century to the present was worth a separate, more detailed book, but the last few chapters of this book were extremely redundant with the other.

I wish I knew a young woman graduating from high school so I could give her these two books as a gift.

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