05 January 2008

Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History

I rather enjoyed Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's new book. It's not really anything new or amazing, but it was interesting and worth reading. Her discussion at the beginning of the book of what this phrase means to different people was quite interesting. It's not a very long book and pretty quick to read.

At the end of the book Ulrich writes something to the effect that well-behaved women can make history when they do the unexpected, if they keep records, and if we in future generations care. I think that whether we care or not is the most important thing. As Elizabeth Barber shows in her books, even women who don't do the unexpected and unknowingly (historically speaking) create records that happen to be preserved (like textiles) can still make history if we choose to find it.

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