WELL-BEHAVED WOMEN SELDOM MAKE HISTORY BY LAUREL THATCHER ULRICH

WELL-BEHAVED WOMEN SELDOM MAKE HISTORY
WELL-BEHAVED WOMEN SELDOM MAKE HISTORY
Item# ISBN 978-1400075270
$16.95

This series of short biographies of notable women ranges over centuries and cultures, from fifteenth-century writer Christine de Pizan, who imagined a world in which women achieved power and influence, to the writings of nineteenth century suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton and twentieth-century novelist Virginia Woolf. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Laurel Ulrich updates de Pizan’s Amazons with stories about women warriors from other times and places. She contrasts Woolf’s imagined story about Shakespeare’s sister with biographies of actual women artists who were Shakespeare’s contemporaries. She turns Stanton’s encounter with runaway slave upside down, asking how that story would change if the slave rather than the white suffragist were at the center. She uses daybook illustrations to look at women who weren’t trying to make history but did. She also celebrates a renaissance in history inspired by amateurs, activists, and professional historians. Paperback 320 pages