Voices of Women Historians

Voices of Women Historians

The Personal, the Political, the Professional
Distribution: World
Publication date: 09/22/1999
Format: Paperback 20 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-21275-7
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This collection of personal narratives by former officers of the Coordinating Council for Women in History weaves together past and present in women’s history, and women in the historical profession. Recording the diverse paths taken to become historians, essays describe how a group of women negotiated the often competing demands of being a woman, a professional, and a political activist during the turbulent 1960s through the challenges of the 1990s.

Author Bio

Eileen Boris, Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Virginia and coordinating editor of IRIS: A Journal of Women, is the author of Art and Labor: Ruskin, Morris, and the Craftsman Ideal in America, and Home to Work: Motherhood and the Politics of Industrial Homework in the United States. She also has published numerous articles, essays and reviews in American Quarterly, Signs, Journal of American History, Women’s Review of Books, and The Nation.

Nupur Chaudhuri, who teaches at Texas Southern University, is the coeditor of Westerm Women and Imperialism: Complicity and Resistance, and coeditor of a special issue on "Gender, Race, Class, Sexuality: National and Global Perspectives" for the National Women’s Studies Journal. She has written extensively on gender and imperialism and her articles have appeared in the Journal of Women’s History, Women’s History Review, and Victorian Studies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Standpoints on Hard Ground by Eileen Boris and Nupur Chaudhuri
1. Women among the Professors of History: The Story of a Process of Transformation by Gerda Lerner
2. Three Faces of Trevia: Identity, Activism and Intellect by Berenice A. Carroll
3. Regionalism, Feminism and Class: Conceiving the Field of Women’s History by Hilda Smith
4. On the Importance of Taking Notes (and Keeping Them) by Linda K. Kerber
5. The Shaping of a Feminist Historian by Sandi E. Cooper
6. Making and Writing History Together by Renate Bridenthal
7. Going Against the Grain: The Making of an Independent Scholar by Karen Offen
8. Reassertion of Patriarchy at the End of the Twentieth Century by Joan Hoff
9. Bahupath Perie: The Long Trek by Nupur Chaudhuri
10. Two Catalysts in My Life: Voter Registration Drives and CCWHP by Mollie C. Davis
11. A Graduate Student’s Odyssey by Frances Richardson Keller
12. "Drop by Drop the Bottle Fills" by Margaret Strobel
13. In Circles Comes Change by Eileen Boris
14. Domestic Constraints: Motherhood as Life and Subject by Lynn Y. Weiner
15. Activism and the Academy by Barbara Winslow
16. The Emma Thread: Communitarian Values, Global Visions by Nancy A. Hewitt
17. Clio on the Margins by Mary Elizabeth Perry
18. Que se yo: A Historian in Training by Nancy Mirabal [please note spelling of chapter: Que se(accent accute) yo]
19. A New Generation of Women Historians by Crystal Feimster
20. Bibliography: Women Historians and How They Are Made by Barbara Penny Kanner