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Life in Dixie during the War; 1861-1862-1863-1864-1865

Gay, Mary Ann Harris
Atlanta: Byrd 1897 Dewey Dec. 973.7

Life in Dixie During the War, first published in 1892, ranks among the best first-person accounts of the American Civil War. Mary A. H. Gay eloquently recounts her wartime experiences in Georgia and bears witness to the “suffering and struggle, defeat and despair, triumph and hope that is human history”. Mary Gay was not only a chronicler, but an active participant in wartime activities; old veterans described her as “unusually brave and fearless”. While her book reads like a novel, it continues to be praised by modern scholars as an honest report of American history.

Contents: (6 of 35 chapter headings) The Magnolia cadets – The war record of DeKalb County – labors of love -musical – Decatur – Labors of love -Knitting and sewing, and writing letters to “our soldiers” – The Third Maryland Artillery – some old songs – A daring and unique chase – the capture and re-capture of the railroad engine, “The General” – Coming home from Camp Chase – the faithful servant’s gift – a glimpse of Confederate braves.

Women in the Middle Ages

Gies, Frances and Gies, Joseph
Crowell 1978 Dewey Dec. 305.4

Medieval history is often written as a series of battles and territorial shifts. But the essential contributions of women during this period have been too often relegated to the dustbin of history. In Women in the Middle Ages, Frances and Joseph Gies reclaim this lost history, in a lively historical survey that charts the evolution of women’s roles throughout the period, and profiles eight individual women in depth. We learn of Hildegarde of Bingen, an abbess who was a noted composer and founded two monasteries; of Eleanor de Montfort, a 13th century Princess of Wales who was captured by Edward I and held as a political prisoner for three years; and women of somewhat more modest means, such as the spouse of an Italian merchant, and a peasant’s wife.
Drawing upon their various stories, talented historians Frances and Joseph Gies—whose books were used by George R.R. Martin in his research for Game of Thrones—offer a kaleidoscopic view of the lives of women throughout this tumultuous period.

Contents: pt. 1: The background. Women in history. Women in the Earlt Middle Ages. Women and feudalism. Eve and Mary — pt. 2: The women. An abbess: Hildegarde of Bingen. A reigning queen: Blanche of Castile. A great lady: Eleanor de Montfort. Piers Plowman’s wife. A city working woman: Agnes li Patiniere of Douai; Women and the Guilds. Margherita Datini: An Italian merchant’s wife. Margaret Paston: A fifteenth century gentlewoman. The Middle Ages and after.

Celtic Goddesses: Warriors, Virgins and Mothers

Green, Miranda J.
Braziller 1996 Dewey Dec. 936

“Celtic goddesses presided over war, nature, animals, healing and fertility. Considerable recent interest has been focused on the role of goddesses in ancient societies, though not always with a clear eye on the actual source material. This book, written by one of the leading scholars of Celtic myth and religion, examines the significance of the female in Celtic belief and ritual as expressed in surviving archaeological remains and written sources.” -Publisher

Contents: Women in Celtic society – Goddesses of war – The divine female in Welsh myth – Sovereignty, sexuality and the otherworld in Irish myth – Water-Goddesses, healers and mothers – Love, marriage and partnership among the Goddesses – Priestess, prophetess and Witch – Mistress of the beasts – From Goddess to saint.

Women and Work in Preindustrial Europe, ed.

Hanawalt, Barbara
1986 Dewey Dec. 940.2

Peasant women’s work in the context of marriage. Peasant women’s contribution to the home economy in late Medieval England / Barbara A. Hanawalt — The village ale-wife : women and brewing in fourteenth-century England / Judith M. Bennett — Slaves and domestic servants. To town to serve : urban domestic slavery in Medieval Ragusa / Susan Mosher Stuard — Women servants in Florence during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries / Christiane Klapisch-Zuber — Occupations related to female biology : wet nurses and midwives. Municipal wet nurses in fifteenth-century Montpellier / Leah L. Otis — Early modern midwifery : a case study / Merry E. Wiesner — Urban women in work and business. Women in business in Medieval Montpellier / Kathryn L. Reyerson — Women’s work in a market town : Exeter in the late fourteenth century / Maryanne Kowaleski — Is there a decline in women’s economic position in the sixteenth century? Women in the crafts in sixteenth-century Lyon / Natalie Zemon Davis — Women, the family economy, and the structures of market production in cities of Northern Europe during the late Middle Ages / Martha C. Howell. Books on women’s history.

Michigan Women: Firsts and Founders, Vol II

Harley, Rachel Brett and MacDowell, Betty
Michigan Women’s Studies Association 1995

(Vol 1 was not found online.) “This volume recognizes the achievements of more than five hundred women who have been the first women (or first persons) in their fields or who have been the founders of movements, programs, organizations or institutions that have benefitted our society…. This volume also celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the passage of the Federal Suffrage Amendment. It includes an expanded chronology of Michigan women’s history that highlights Suffrage events, photographs of Suffrage activities, and a Michigan Woman Suffrage Honor Roll that lists by county more than 3,000 women and men who supported the long struggle for women’s right to vote.” -Foreword

Contents: Biographical entries – Photographs of the woman suffrage movement in Michigan – Chronology of Michigan women’s history – Michigan woman suffrage honor roll – List of sources

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Feminism: Opposing Viewpoints

Hurley, Jennifer A.
Greenhaven 2001 Dewey Dec. 305.4

“This collection of 25 short essays addresses the status of women in America, the differing views of the goals of feminism, and how it has affected our society, and includes the debate over whether or not the movement is obsolete.” SLJ

Contents: Women are the victims of sexism / Andrea C. Poe — Women are not the victims of sexism / Christina Hoff Sommers — Women face discrimination in the workplace / Ida L. Castro — Claims that women face discrimination in the workplace are exaggerated / Elizabeth Fox-Genovese — Violence against women is a serious problem / Ann Jones — Feminists have overstated the problem of violence against women / Rene Denfeld — Women are harmed by societal standards of beauty / Germaine Greer — Women are not harmed by societal standards of beauty / Karen Lehrman — Feminism has expanded women’s choices / Elinor Burkett — Feminism has limited women’s choices / Danielle Crittenden — The sexual revolution has harmed women / F. Carolyn Graglia — Feminism has caused the breakdown of the family / Leslie Anne Carbone — Feminism supports the family / Phyllis Chesler — The feminist movement is dead / Ginia Bellafante — The feminist movement is not dead / Part I: Marcia Ann Gillespie, Part II: Carolyn Waldron — Feminism has abandoned its original principles / Charles Krauthammer — Feminism has not abandoned its original principles / Susan Faludi — Feminists should support abortion rights / Anne Roiphe — Feminists should oppose abortion / Maureen Jones-Ryan — Feminists should work to restrict pornography / Diana Russell, interviewed by Ann E. Menasche — Feminists should work to protect pornography / Wendy McElroy — Feminists should seek international rights for women / Jennie Ruby and Karla Mantilla — Feminists should not seek international rights for women / Paul Craig Roberts — Women’s less than full equality under the U.S. Constitution / Patricia Ireland — Women would not benefit from changes to the U.S. Constitution / Concerned Women for America. Books on women’s history.

Motherhood on the Wisconsin Frontier

Krueger, Lillian
Madison: State Historical Society 1951

Small Sound of the Trumpet: Women in Medieval Life

Labarge, Margaret Wade
Beacon 1986 Dewey Dec. 940.1

Describes the daily life of noblewomen, nuns, and peasants in feudal England and Europe. Looks at the treatment of lepers, beggars, prostitutes, and criminals, and offers brief profiles of prominent medieval women.

Contents: Ch. 1. The Precursors — Ch. 2. The Mould for Medieval Women — Ch. 3. Women who Ruled: Queens — Ch. 4. Women who Ruled: Noble Ladies — Ch. 5. Women who Prayed: Nuns and Beguines — Ch. 6. Women who Prayed: Recluses and Mystics — Ch. 7. Women who Toiled: Townswomen and Peasants — Ch. 8. Women as Healers and Nurses — Ch. 9. Women on the Fringe — Ch. 10. Women’s Contributions to Medieval Culture. Books on women’s history.

I Dream a World: Portraits of Black Women who Changed America

Lanker, Brian and Summers, Barbara
Stewart, Tabori & Chang 1989 Dewey Dec. 305.4

Featuring a foreword by Maya Angelou, a newly revised and updated tenth anniversary edition celebrates the achievements of an extraordinary group of African-American women who have had an ongoing effect on our world, from Septima Clark and Barbara Jordan to Clara McBride and Betty Shabazz.

Contents: Rosa Parks — Janet Collins — Eva Jessye — Bertha Knox Gilkey — Alice Walker — Cicely Tyson — Katherine Dunham — Barbara Jordan — Toni Morrison — Althea T.L. Simmons — Maxine Waters — Johnnetta Betsch Cole — Norma Merrick Sklarek — Gwendolyn Brooks — Leontyne Price — Althea Gibson — Ernestine Anderson — Unita Blackwell — Jewel Plummer Cobb — Clara McBride Hale — Ellen Stewart — Beah Richards — Carrie Saxon Perry — Charlayne Hunter-Gault — Constance Baker Motley — Oprah Winfrey — Sonia Sanchez — Georgia Montgomery Davis Powers — Daisy Bates — Marva Nettles Collins — Lena Horne — Willie Mae Ford Smith — Coretta Scott King — Jewell Jackson McCabe — Mary Frances Berry — Ruby Middleton Forsythe — Jean Blackwell Hutson — Anna Arnold Hedgeman. Johnnie Tillmon — Myrlie Evers — Faye Wattleton — Angela Yvonne Davis — Betty Shabazz — Queen Mother Audley Moore — Harriet Elizabeth Byrd — Shirley Chisholm — Wyomia Tyus — Ruby Dee — Leontine T.C. Kelly — Margaret Walker Alexander — Rachel Robinson — Gloria Dean Randle Scott — Marian Wright Edelman — Elizaeth Catlett — Jackie Torrence — Autherine Lucy — Alexa Canady — Yvonne Brathwaite Burke — Dorothy Irene Height — Sarah Vaughan — Josephine Riley Matthews — Niara Sudarkasa — Wilma Rudolph — Odetta — Cora Lee Johnson — Eleanor Holmes Norton — Ophelia DeVore-Mitchell — Sherian Grace Cadoria — Priscilla L. Williams — Leah Chase — Elizabeth Cotten — Marian Anderson — Winson and Dovie Hudson — Maya Angelou — Septima Poinsette Clark. Books on women’s history.

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All the Daring of the Soldier: Women of the Civil War Armies

Leonard, Elizabeth D.
Norton 1999 Dewey Dec. 973.7

Historian Elizabeth Leonard has combed archives, memoirs, and histories to unearth the stories of the hidden and forgotten women who risked their lives for the blue or the gray. These women spied for their cause, remained on the front lines as daughters of the regiments, and even dressed as men and enlisted under aliases to take up arms and fight as soldiers. Here are the stories of Belle Boyd, a proud Confederate loyalist and key player in Stonewall Jackson’s struggle to hold the Shenandoah Valley; army woman Annie Etheridge, whose four long years of courageous work on the field earned her a Kearney Cross for bravery; Sarah Emma Edmonds, who enlisted as “Franklin Thompson,” remained with her regiment as a much-respected soldier for two years, fighting at Fredricksburg and elsewhere; and many other courageous women.
Leonard investigates why these women chose unconventional ways to help their cause. In doing so, she gives us a striking portrait of the lives women led in the nineteenth century and of their ability to break through the traditional barriers of Victorian womanhood.

Contents: The ladies were terrific — A handful of Civil War women spies — The women are the worst of all — The broad scope of female espionage and resistance during the Civil War — Half-soldier heroines — A handful of Civil War army women and their predecessors — As brave as a lion and as pretty as a lamb — More Civil War army women, real and fictional — The beardless boy was a universal favorite — Deborah Sampson and a handful of Civil War women soldiers — To don the breeches, and slay them with a will! — A host of women soldiers — A devoted worker for her cause — The question of motivation. Books on women’s history.

Young Medieval Women

Lewis, Katherine J. et al., eds.
St. Martin’s 1999 Dewey Dec. 940.1

This study is based on the premise that the category of woman is too broad and needs to be broken down. It is only when other variables are introduced, refining the field of enquiry, that the historian is able to gain a real insight into the lives and experiences of medieval people.
Eight essays. Primarily looking at the 14th and 15th centuries in England, the studies cover prostitution, Joan of Arc, the representation of young women in the Malterer Embroidery, rape in medieval literature, queen-making during the Wars of the Roses, female wardship, virgin martyrs, and maidenhood as the “perfect age of a woman’s life.”

Contents: Maidenhood as the perfect age of woman’s life / Kim M. Phillips — Model Girls? Virgin-martyrs and the training of young women in late Medieval England / Katherine J. Lewis — Crowns and virgins: queenmaking during the Wars of the Roses / Joanna L. Chamnberlayne — A positive representation of the power of young women: the malterer embroidery re-examined / Kristina E. Gouralay — Rape in John Gower’s Confessio amantis and other related works / Isabelle Mast — Joan of Arc: gender an authority in the text of the Trial of condemnation / Lilas G. Edwards — Female wards and marriage in romance and law: a question of consent / Noël James Menuge — Pigs and prostitutes: streetwalking in comparative perspective / P.J.P. Goldberg

The Reader’s Companion to U.S. Women’s History

Mankiller, Wilma P.
Houghton Mifflin 1998 Dewey Dec. 305.4

“The most inclusive book to date on U.S. women’s collective history! A landmark work, The Reader’s Companion to U.S. Women’s History, gathers together more than 400 articles to offer a diverse, rich, and often neglected panorama of the nation’s past. Written by more than 300 contributors, drawn from various areas of expertise, these narrative and interpretive entries “effectively cover five centuries of women’s experiences” (Bloomsbury Review). Here are articles on cowgirls and child care, on the daily lives of single women and the changing notions of motherhood, on the artistic contributions of women of color and the history of Jewish feminism. Wide-ranging in scope and wonderfully accessible, this unique resource reexamines with fresh clarity and brio the issues and concerns that color the lives of all women. Articles and their contributors include: African American Women, Darlene Clark Hine; Cult of Domesticity, Carroll Smith-Rosenberg; Fashion and Style, Lynn Yaeger; Jazz and Blues, Daphne Duval Harrison; Lesbians, Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy; Native American Cultures, Clara Sue Kidwell; Picture Brides, Judy Yung; Salem Witchcraft Trials, Mary Beth Norton; Vietnam Era, Sara M. Evans.” -Publisher.

American Women’s History: A Student Companion

Matthews, Glenna
Oxford 2000 Dewey Dec. 305.4

An encyclopedia of American women’s history, this comprehensive reference book features in-depth articles on trends (e.g. birthrates, suburban growth), social movements (civil rights, feminism), ideas and concepts (domesticity, consciousness-raising), institutions (Children’s Bureau, women in Congress), organizations (Girl Scouts of America, League of Women Voters), events (American Revolution), issues (abortion, Equal Rights Amendment), key legal cases (Roe v Wade, Muller v Oregon), laws and constitutional amendments, documents and publications (Ramona, Declaration of Sentiments), ethnic and social groups (African American women, Latinas), overviews (women’s health, women in music and literature), and biographies of notable American women. This Companion is a perfect supplement to The Young Oxford History of Women in the United States.

Pioneer Women: The Lives of Women on the Frontier

Peavy, Linda S. and Smith, Ursula
Smithmark 1996 Dewey Dec. 305.4

“Pioneer Women provides a rare look at frontier life through the eyes of the pioneer women who settled the American West. Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith vividly describe the hardships such women endured journeying west and making homes and communities on the frontier. Their hopes and fears and, most of all, their courage in the face of adversity are revealed in excerpts from journals, letters, and oral histories. Illustrated with a fascinating collection of seldom-seen photographs, Pioneer Women reveals the faces as well as the voices of women who lived on the frontier.” -Publisher

Contents: The journey west-Pioneer women on the move — A home in the west-Pioneer women settling in — Behind closed doors-Pioneer women and family dynamics — The work of women’s hands-Pioneer women in action — Molders and shapers-Pioneer women as community builders.

The Employments of Women: A Cyclopaedia of Woman’s Work

Penny, Virginia
Boston: Walker, Wise 1863

The author, Virginia Penny, dedicated this book, “To Worthy and Industrious Women in the United States, striving to earn a livelihood”.

In the preface the author explained that she researched and wrote this book to help women earn a respectable livelihood. She said that, “the few employments that have been open to women are more than full. To withdraw a number from the few markets of female labor already crowded to excess, by directing them to avenues where they are wanted, would thereby benefit both parties.” The book was written during the Civil War, and she wrote that, “a million of men are on the battle field, and thousands of women, formerly dependent on them, have lost or may lose their only support.” But the need for jobs for women was not a temporary condition that would end with the war. She is intent in helping to open up to women occupations customarily closed to them. She also strongly advocates “… the plan of every female having a practical knowledge of some occupation by which to earn a livelihood.” “If a female is not taught some regular occupation by which to earn a living, what can she do, when friends die, and she is without means?”

The author collected the information in this volume in New York City from 1859 to 1961. She corresponded with or visited hundreds of workplaces, and talked to managers and employees. The work contains 533 articles; more than 500 of them descriptions of occupations in which women were or could be engaged, with descriptions of working conditions, effects on the health, wage rates, a comparison of wages for men and women, time required to learn the business, and other information.

Women Workers and the Industrial Revolution, 1750-1850

Pinchbeck, Ivy
1981 Dewey Dec. 940.2

Part 1: The Employment Of Women In Agriculture – I Women In Agriculture In The Eighteenth Century – II The Agrarian Revolution – III The Appearance Of Women Day Labourers – IV Agricultural Depression And The Poor Law – V Rural Conditions In The Mid-Nineteenth Century.
Part II: Women In Industry And Trade – VI Textile Industries—The Domestic System – VII Textile Industries—The Spinners – VIII Textile Industries—The Handloom Weavers – IX Textile Industries—Factory Workers – X The Smaller Domestic Industries – XI Women’s Work In Mines And Metal Trades – XII Craftswomen And Business Women – XIII Conclusion – Appendix: Occupations Of Women In 1841.

Medieval English Nunneries c. 1275 to 1535

Power, Eileen
Cambridge University 1922 Dewey Dec. 940.1

Excerpt from Medieval English Nunneries: C. 1275 to 1535: “The monastic ideal and the development of the monastic rule and orders have been studied in many admirable books. The purpose of the present work is not to describe and analyse once again that ideal, but to give a general picture of English nunnery life during a definite period, the three centuries before the Dissolution. It is derived entirely from pre-reformation sources, and the tainted evidence of Henry VIII’s commissioners has not been used; nor has the story of the suppression of the English nunneries been told.”
Contents: The Novice – The head of the house – Worldly goods – Monastic housewives – Financial difficulties – Education – Routine and reaction – Private life and private property – Fish out of water – The world in the cloister – The olde daunce – The machinery of reform – The nun in medieval literature –

Women in Ancient Egypt

Robins, Gay
Harvard University 1993 Dewey Dec. 932

An idealized version of women appears everywhere in the art of ancient Egypt, but the true nature of these women’s lives has long remained hidden. Gay Robins’s book, gracefully written and copiously illustrated, cuts through the obscurity of the ages to show us what the archaeological riches of Egypt really say about how these women lived, both in the public eye and within the family.
The art and written records of the time present a fascinating puzzle. But how often has the evidence been interpreted, consciously or otherwise, from a male viewpoint? Robins conducts us through these sources with an archaeologist’s relish, stripping away layer after interpretive layer to expose the reality beneath. Here we see the everyday lives of women in the economic, legal, or domestic sphere, from the Early Dynastic Period almost 5,000 years ago to the conquest of Alexander in 332 BC. Within this kingdom ruled and run by men, women could still wield influence indirectly–and in some cases directly, when a woman took the position of king. The exceptional few who assumed real power appear here in colorful detail, alongside their more traditional counterparts. Robins examines the queens’ reputed divinity and takes a frank look at the practice of incest within Egypt’s dynasties. She shows us the special role of women in religious rites and offices, and assesses their depiction in Egyptian art as it portrays their position in society.
By drawing women back into the picture we have of ancient Egypt, this book opens a whole new perspective on one of world history’s most exotic and familiar cultures.

Contents: Royal women and queenship – Queens, power, and the assumption of kingship – Marriage – Fertility, pregnancy, and childbirth – The family and the household – Women outside the home – The economic and legal position of women – Women and temple ritual – Personal religion and death – Images of women in literature and art. Books on women’s history.

Medieval Women and the Sources of Medieval History

Rosenthal, Joel T., ed.
University of Georgia 1990 Dewey Dec. 940.1

“Because the records of medieval society were written largely by men and about men, scholars have often assumed that the means for recovering a full picture of the women of that society are simply not available. As this book makes clear, however, the collections of medieval source material contain much more than initially meets the eye. The fifteen essays assembled in ‘Medieval Women and the Sources of Medieval History’ show that familiar sources can be read in new ways to uncover previously obscured information about the status and roles of women in the social, political, economic, and religious life of medieval Europe.” -Publisher

Contents: Medieval women in French sigillographic sources / Brigitte Bedow- Rezak — Exempla / Jacques Berlioz and Marie Anne Polo de Beaulieu — Sexual equality in medieval canon law / James A. Brundage — German source collections : the Archdiocese of Salzburg as a case study / John B. Freed — The charters of Le Ronceray d’Angers / Penny S. Gold — Women and the sources of medieval history / David Herlihy — Old Norse sources on women / Jenny Jochens — Women and the literature of obstetrics and gynecology / Helen Lemay — “Legal history and the medieval Englishwoman” / Janet Senderowitz Loengard. (Cont) De quibusdam mulieribus : reading women’s history from hostile sources / Jo Ann McNamara — Anglo-Saxon attitudes / Joel T. Rosenthal — Saints’ lives as a source for the history of women, 500-1100 / Jane Tibbetts Schulenburg — Coinage in the name of medieval women / Alan M. Stahl — Sources on medieval women in Mediterranean archives / Susan Mosher Stuard

Encyclopedia of Women in the Ancient World

Salisbury, Joyce E.

Salisbury tells the stories of 150 women from the ancient world, ranging from the very famous, such as Cleopatra VII, immortalized by Hollywood, to the barely remembered, such as the Roman poet Nossis. Writing for a general audience, Salisbury begins by painting each woman into her historical context, then recounts each woman’s story, describing the choices she made as she looked for happiness, wealth, power, or well-being for herself and her family–stories much like our own.

Women, Work, and Family

Scott, Joan W. and Louse A. Tilly
1978 Dewey Dec. 940.2

“First published in 1978, ‘Women, Work and Family’ became a classic of women’s history and is still the only synthetic text on the history of women’s work in England and France. It provides an excellent introduction to the changing roles and status of women in England and France from 1750 to the present. A large and interesting body of material (census lists, biographical and autobiographical material) is masterfully integrated to tell the story of women’s working lives and family relationships in pre-industrial, industrializing, and industrialized economies.” – Book cover
Part I. The Family Economy in Pre-Industrial England and France: – Economy and Demography – Single Women in the Family Economy – Married Women in the Family Economy.
Part II. Industrialization and the Family Wage Economy: – Industrialization – Demographic Change – Women in the Family Wage Economy.
Part III. Toward the Family Consumer Economy: – Occupational and Demographic Change – Women in the Family Consumer Economy – Changes in Women’s Work Since World War II. Books on women’s history.

Changing Lives: Women in European History since 1700

Smith, Bonnie G.
1989 Dewey Dec. 940.2

“Unmatched in breadth and scope, Changing Lives is an exciting chronological narrative of women’s experience in Britain and continental Europe from the eighteenth century to the present. This comprehensive and authoritative book fills a great void by synthesizing the historical contributions of both ordinary and famous women—writers, artists, and social and political leaders. The author skillfully details women’s participation in major artistic, cultural, and scientific movements of the times as she integrates women’s experience into the broader currents of modern European social, economic, political, and intellectual history.” – Book cover
Part I. Life and death in the Eighteenth Century — 1. Eighteenth century worlds — 2. Winds of change — 3. The age of revolution
Part II. Work and domesticity in industrializing Europe 1815-1875 — 4. The rise of the woman worker : the early years — 5. The domestic sphere in the Victorian Age — 6. Culture and politics in the nation-state
Part III. A world torn asunder 1875-1925 — 7. Working class life in the Belle Epoque — 8. The new woman — 9. Warriors, pacifists, and revolutionaries
Part IV. The Fruits of Twentieth Century Technology — 10. Consumer culture and the routinization of work — 11. New battles : the rise of dictators and war — 12. Technology and power in the late twentieth century

Women of the French Revolution

Streissguth, Thomas
2005 Dewey Dec. 940.2

A world overthrown : women of the aristocracy — The radical urban vanguard : laborers and market women of Paris — Women of the societies — Women writers — Peasants and villagers — Women and religion — Women soldiers

Women in Industry

Trent, Ray S.
Bloomington: Indiana University 1918

The author was a professor of Economics and Sociology in Indiana University. The study applies to working women nation-wide, but one of the author’s stated goals was to influence applicable laws in Indiana.

Spirited Women: Gender, Religion, & Cultural Identity in the Nepal Himalaya

Watkins, Joanne C.
Columbia University 1996 Dewey Dec. 954

In the Himalayan highlands of northern Nepal, the small group of Tibetan Buddhists known as the Nyeshangte have maintained a gender egalitarian social organization over many years. Nyeshangte women own land, control household money, and have the right to initiate divorce. Most important, they participate equally with men in central social institutions: international trade and Buddhist ritual practice.
Spirited Women explores how the traditional culture of the Nyeshangte has confronted the changes brought about by modernization and the transition to a market economy, as the community has experienced a diaspora extending from the Himalayan highlands to such urban areas as Kathmandu, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

Testimony of Working Women, 1914

Wisconsin Legislature. Committee on White Slave Traffic and Kindred Subjects
Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society

“In 1913, the Wisconsin Legislature established a committee to investigate the causes of prostitution and other vice in Wisconsin….” “In the 1914 testimony, working women from around the state answered questions at hearings held in Green Bay, La Crosse, Oshkosh, Sheboygan, and Superior. The women worked in a range of jobs from a factory worker at a paper mill, to a store clerk, a landlady and a telephone operator. Committee members asked the women questions about their wages, their working and living conditions, and why they chose to work in a given job, all in an effort to understand what “leads young girls astray” in the words of one investigator.”
– Wisconsin Historical Society, “Turning Points in Wisconsin History” website

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