Making Women's History: The Essential Mary Ritter Beard

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Feminist Press at CUNY, 2000 - 252 pages
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Mary Ritter Beard can be considered the "founding mother" of the field of American women's history. A visionary thinker, Beard devoted her life to reconstructing a history that had remained largely undocumented and unacknowledged before she began her groundbreaking work. She held a firm conviction that women had a far greater impact on history than male historians had ever recognized, and that a knowledge of their own history would enable women to realize their full potential as active members of society and agents of social change.

Today, Mary Ritter Beard is best remembered for her collaborative work with her husband, the historian Charles Beard, on such volumes asThe Making of American Civilization. Her own pioneering work is, like the women's history she championed, under appreciated, despite the fact that it influences the work of such well-known contemporary historians as Gerda Lerner, laid fundamental groundwork for the entire field of women's studies, and has much to add to contemporary feminist debates regarding equality and difference, agency and victimization, and the conflicts between middle-class and working-class women.

Ann J. Lane's essential--and accessible--selection includes full headnotes, a 70-page critical and biographical essay, and a new preface that assesses Beard's legacy and the continuing relevance of her work.Making Women's History restores Beard to her well-deserved place at the core of early-twentieth-century feminist history and thought.
 

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Contents

POLITICAL ACTIVISMTHE EARLY YEARS
75
Mothercraft
77
Votes for Workingwomen
80
Have Americans Lost Their Democracy?
85
The Legislative Influence of Unenfranchised Women
89
The Congressional Union
95
Statement to the House Committee on Woman Suffrage
100
Womans Work in Municipalities
108
The Direction of Womens Education
159
Feminism as a Social Phenomenon
168
Woman as Force in History A Study in Traditions and Realities
172
Womanthe Pioneer
192
FEMINISM AS A WORLD VIEWPRACTICE
201
A Changing Political Economy as It Affects Women
203
The World Center for Womens Archives
210
A Study of the Encyclopaedia Britannica in Relation to Its Treatment of Women1
215

FEMINISM AS A WORLD VIEWTHEORY
129
American Women and the Printing Press
131
On Understanding Women
138
University Discipline for WomenAsset or Handicap?
147
The College and Alumnae in Contemporary Life
152
The Economic Background of the Sex Life of the Unmarried Adult1
225
BIBLIOGRAPHY
240
INDEX
245
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