Divided Lives

Divided Lives

by Rosenberg
     
 

Winner of the 1983 Fredrick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians.

American women have made great strides in the last century to win personal autonomy, sexual freedom, economic independence, and legal rights. Yet the vast majority of them still assume the domestic burdens that leave men free to play their traditional public roles.

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Overview

Winner of the 1983 Fredrick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians.

American women have made great strides in the last century to win personal autonomy, sexual freedom, economic independence, and legal rights. Yet the vast majority of them still assume the domestic burdens that leave men free to play their traditional public roles. Examining women's lives in the larger context of U.S. social and political history, Rosenburg shows how American traditions of federalism, racial and ethnic diversity, geographic mobility, and relative abundance have both aided and hindered women's strides toward equality.This lively and informed analysis of the leaders, goals, and setbacks of the women's stride towards equality. This informed analysis of the leaders, goals, and setbacks of the women's movement is a landmark study.

Editorial Reviews

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"...deeply human, nonconventional view of the Nazi time and of particular women's destinies. Opens new questions." -Agnieszka Holland, Director of Academy Award-Nominated "Europa, Europa" and "Angry Harvest"

"Historians of women have been predicting all along that retrieving women's past would eventually alter the dominant narrative in American history. In this clear, concise, and readable volume, Rosalind Rosenburg has brought her considerable abilities to bear on the task of revising mainstream accounts. She gives voice not just a gender issues but also to those of race and class, and strives mightily to include a widely diverse collection of individuals and groups. Telling a story sensitive to difference, but mindful of commonalities, Divided Lives is a truly admirable achievement."—Regina Morantz-Sanchez, University of Michigan

"The best available introduction to the full range of women's experiences in twentieth-century America."—D'Ann Campbell, Indiana University

"From the opening pages where a moving story of Zora Neale Hurston's birth unfolds to the closing chapter confronting the feminization of poverty, Divided Lines provides a superbly crafted survey. The chorus of women's voices featured in Rosenburg's compelling narrative affords students and scholars alike a comprehensive yet compact guide to women's experiences over the past century."—Catherine Clinton, author of Plantation Mistress and The Other Civil War

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This social and political history surveys ably, if not too deeply, the lives of women ``divided between paid and domestic labor, and divided from one another.'' Rosenberg ( Beyond Separate Spheres: Intellectual Roots of Modern Feminism ) is no polemicist. She blends various strains of women's history--those that stress women's identity with or differences from men and the fundamental divisions of class, race and religion--into a larger perspective. With sketches of women from birth control advocate Margaret Sanger to civil rights and feminist activist Pauli Murray, Rosenberg skillfully advances the narrative, taking care not to focus just on the white middle class. While not ignoring institutional changes such as the fight for suffrage, Rosenberg also tracks social issues such as the advance of women in World War II and the debate over lesbianism in the women's movement. She concludes pessimistically that much remains to be done to lessen the domestic burdens on American women. But some comparative analysis with the experience of women elsewhere would have illuminated her study, as would reflection on the recent public debates about sexual harassment and rape. (June)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374523473
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
06/01/1992
Series:
American Century Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.68(d)

Meet the Author

Rosalind Rosenburg, professor of history at Barnard College, is the author of Beyond Separate Sphers: Intellectual Roots of Modern Feminism.

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