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Voices of women historians : the personal, the political, the professional
Boris, Eileen, 1948-
Publication Information:
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xx, 295 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Women among the professors of history : the story of a process of transformation / Gerda Lerner -- Three faces of Trevia : identity, activism, and intellect / Berenice A. Carroll -- Regionalism, feminism, and class : the development of a feminist historian / Hilda L. Smith -- On the importance of taking notes (and keeping them) / Linda K. Kerber -- The shaping of a feminist historian / Sandi E. Cooper -- Making and writing history together / Renate Bridenthal -- Going against the grain : the making of an independent scholar / Karen Offen -- Reassertion of patriarchy at the end of the twentieth century / Joan Hoff -- Bahupath Perie : the long trek / Nupur Chaudhuri -- Two catalysts in my life : voter registration drives and CCWHP / Mollie C. Davis -- Growing into history / Barbara Penny Kanner -- A graduate student's odyssey / Frances Richardson Keller -- "Drop by drop the bottle fills" / Margaret Strobel -- In circles comes change / Eileen Boris -- Domestic constraints : motherhood as life and subject / Lynn Y. Weiner -- Activism and the academy / Barbara Winslow -- The Emma thread : communitarian values, global visions / Nancy A. Hewitt -- Clio on the margins / Mary Elizabeth Perry -- Que sé yo : a historian in training / Nancy Raquel Mirabal -- A new generation of women historians / Crystal Feimster.

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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 Notes

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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Choice Review

This volume introduces readers to 20 women historians of multiple generations involved in an organization called the Coordinating Committee on Women in the Historical Profession (CCWHP). Founded in 1969, CCWHP became an active force in educating, lobbying, and promoting new awarenesses in the historical profession. Thirty years ago, women's experiences were often ignored in history textbooks, faculty were hired according to the "old boy" system, and young women were not encouraged to become college professors. All of the interviews in the collection are with women who have been active in the organization over time. Pioneer historians such as Gerda Lerner, who was a founder of CCWHP, are included as well as new entrants to the profession such as Crystal Feimster, a graduate student representative to the group in the 1990s. They all share something of their personal biographies as a basis for understanding their activism. Some came to the history profession with backgrounds in peace and civil rights, while others became activists thanks to discriminatory practices in academia. They all believe in synthesizing their social and professional ideals. Recommended for all libraries. J. Sochen Northeastern Illinois University

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 TransformationGerda Lerner
2 Three Faces of Trevia: Identity, Activism and IntellectBerenice A. Carroll
3 Regionalism, Feminism and Class: Conceiving the Field of Women's HistoryHilda Smith
4 On the Importance of Taking Notes (and Keeping Them)Linda K. Kerber
5 The Shaping of a Feminist HistorianSandi E. Cooper
6 Making and Writing History TogetherRenate Bridenthal
7 Going Against the Grain: The Making of an Independent ScholarKaren Offen
8 Reassertion of Patriarchy at the End of the Twentieth CenturyJoan Hoff
9 Bahupath Perie: The Long TrekNupur Chaudhuri
10 Two Catalysts in My Life: Voter Registration Drives and CCWHPMollie C. Davis
11 A Graduate Student's OdysseyFrances Richardson Keller
12 "Drop by Drop the Bottle Fills"Margaret Strobel
13 In Circles Comes ChangeEileen Boris
14 Domestic Constraints: Motherhood as Life and SubjectLynn Y. Weiner
15 Activism and the AcademyBarbara Winslow
16 The Emma Thread: Communitarian Values, Global VisionsNancy A. Hewitt
17 Clio on the MarginsMary Elizabeth Perry
18 Que se yo: A Historian in TrainingNancy Mirabal [please note spelling of chapter: Que se(accent accute) yo]
19 A New Generation of Women HistoriansCrystal Feimster
20 Bibliography: Women Historians and How They Are MadeBarbara Penny Kanner