Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History
Â Â Â From admired historianâ€”and coiner of one of feminism's most popular slogansâ€”Laurel Thatcher Ulrich comes an exploration of what it means for women to make history.
Â Â Â In 1976, in an obscure scholarly article, Ulrich wrote, "Well behaved women seldom make history."Â Today these words appear on t-shirts, mugs, bumper stickers, greeting cards, and all sorts of We
It reads in the same way my brain thinks. Lots of details and it goes everywhere. You start talking about Woolf and end up with the Great Chicago Fire. Now that's the kind ...more
I don't know what it is about this book, but the lives of the women she talks about were ... well boring. How do you make history boring? I couldn't finish it and it went b ...more
The book felt a little constrained, however, by her viewing the idea through Chistine de Pizan's City of Ladies, Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Eighty Years and More, and Virginia Woolfe's A Room of One's Own. I would have liked to come at it from a broader stance.
This is an interesting read, but I'm not sure I would recommend it to those ...more
Years ago, women were pretty much ignored in history books. It took many yea ...more
Later-on in the book, we meet the domestic workers that followed Rosa Parks bus boycott and walked to work; are they "well-behaved women"? The author would say that they ...more
First of all, I've been a Mormon all of my life, and have yet to really run across a woman quite like Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (with the exception of my sister). It's such a breath of fresh air to read a historian who is so in tune with women's issues. She made me wake up to the history that hasn't been written about women for centuries, and she made me want to read much, muc ...more
In a very general way, the book is about the history of women: women in the past in general, women who "make history," and how history and historiography eventually learne ...more
Reading this: Like sitting in Ulrich’s Harvard seminar. Made me nostalgic for those lovely English grad school discussions. Came away doubly determined to familiarize my girls with the women who lived through the ages.
Still, this book wasn't what I'd expected. I ass ...more
I thought this was a very good overview. There are lots (LOTS) of anecdotes and the sheer number adds many more women to Ulrich's history than if she just focused on de Pizan, Cady Stanton, Woolf, de Beauvior, Friedan, etc. I wanted a little more depth, though, beyond the "Big Three" of de Pizan, Cady Stanton, and Woolf because I felt like we were skimming over the top of history. But it was still interesting and adds ...more
"At any given moment it is hard to know whom to believe or what to trust. That's why details matter...Details keep us from falling into the twin snares of 'victim history' and 'hero history.' Details let us out of boxes created by slogans."
I like Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History but I didn't love it. I liked how it is accessible to the average reader - you don't have to be well versed in historical methodologies to appreciate this book.
I think as historians we need to be careful ...more
This book is a thoughtful and close look at women and history. Women looking at history, history looking back at women, women lost to history and where they went... I'm afraid I can't do justice to the delicate and enthralling way she weaves together medi ...more