Thursday, January 12, 2017

America's Women by Gail Collins

  • THE BOOK
    • America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines by Gail Collins
    • Published 2004
    • Other works include: As Texas Goes...: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda, When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present and Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity and American Politics

  • THE PREMISE
    • This is a history book from the founding of the first New World colonies through the 20th Century.
    • It is presented in chapters in chronological order and touches on pretty much every major American event and how they affected women.

  • MY THOUGHTS
    • This is a book of anecdotes rather than a detailed history which is to be expected when one writes about a time period of 400 years. This isn't a bad thing but it means just as you've dipped your toe into a subject, eager for more, it's already over and on to the next subject.
    • One thing that I was happy to see was the emphasis on women's clothing and how they handled hygiene issues or rather, to be blunt, their periods. Surprisingly little is known how earlier generations of women handled it because no one wrote about it in their letters or diaries.
    • I liked reading this book because I love history but it was not in depth enough for me. But even though the chapters are long, the information is in bite-size pieces which made it a perfect book to read over the Christmas holidays.
    • Recommended for those who enjoy American history and women's history and those who want an introductory book on American women's history. It's got stories of feminists in it but I would not say it is an overtly feminist book, just general history that happens to focus on women.
    • Out of 5 stars: ★★★

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for adding the star rating to the end of the review. I give the reviewer five stars.

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