A is for Abigail or Anonymous: Uncovering Unknown and Notable Lives of American Women (1820)

Three Thursdays: February 22, March 8, 22, 1 to 3 p.m. Sold out!

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The conversation about putting a woman on American currency prompted hundreds of suggestions on the Internet. Many people, including most college students, cannot name 20 notable American women who are not contemporary celebrities. Who were the best-known women 100 or 200 years ago? Who were the “names unknown,” who were overlooked or forgotten? How have they been lost to history? Who is worth remembering or commemorating? This class will discuss the challenges of writing about women’s lives and explore biographies of American women in different centuries, hoping to discuss some subjects less well known to many of us. Participants will be asked to read any biography of an American woman and be ready to share what you learned with our classmates. We may also explore oral history.

Recommended Reading (Sample Bibliography: Students are not required to purchase and read any 
of the following texts, but they’re likely to be referenced during lectures):

Writing a Woman’s Life, Carolyn Heilbrun and Katha Pollitt
Homelands and Waterways: The American Journey of the Bond Family, 1846-1926, Adele Logan Alexander (currently on back order)
The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice, Patricia Bell-Scott
Freedom’s Daughters: The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement, from 1830 to 1970, Lynne Olson
The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe: A Biography, Elaine Showalter
Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier, Joanna Stratton
Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams, Louisa Thomas
A House of Females: Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Reverend Addie Wyatt: Faith and the Fight for Labor, Gender and Racial Equality, Marcia Walker-McWilliams

Elisabeth Griffith, PhD, loves to teach women’s history because it is full of gutsy women who fought to secure the equal rights we now take for granted or simply fought to survive. Her biography of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, In Her Own Right (Oxford), won accolades from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and inspired Ken Burns’ documentary, “Not For Ourselves Alone.”Betsy served as Headmistress of The Madeira School from 1988-2010. She is working on a history of American women from 1913 and 2017, between the women’s marches on Washington, D.C.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

Writing a Woman's Life Cover Image
By Carolyn G. Heilbrun, Katha Pollitt (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780393331646
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 1st, 2008

Homelands and Waterways: The American Journey of the Bond Family, 1846-1926 Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679758716
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Vintage - July 18th, 2000

The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780679767299
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Vintage - January 24th, 2017

Freedom's Daughters: The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement from 1830 to 1970 Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780684850139
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Scribner Book Company - February 5th, 2002

The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe: A Biography Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781451645910
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Simon & Schuster - February 28th, 2017

Pioneer Women Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780671447489
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Touchstone Books - September 17th, 1982

Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399563133
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Books - April 4th, 2017

A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women's Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870 Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780307594907
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf - January 10th, 2017

Reverend Addie Wyatt: Faith and the Fight for Labor, Gender, and Racial Equality (Women in American History) Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780252081996
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: University of Illinois Press - September 30th, 2016