This brief text examines the broad themes that have shaped women's experiences in the United States from 1890 to the present day. Students are invited to investigate the ways in which notions of gender difference have changed over time, as well as how a wide variety of women have both created and responded to shifting, often controversial cultural, political, and social roles.
Lois Banner has taught at Rutgers University, Princeton University, the University of Scranton, Hamilton College, the University of Maryland, and George Washington University. Currently, she is Professor of History and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. Her previous books include AMERICAN BEAUTY; IN FULL FLOWER: AGING WOMEN, POWER, AND SEXUALITY and most recently Intertwined Lives, an acclaimed chronicle of the lives and loves of Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict.
1. The Emergence of the Modern American Woman, 1890. 2. Organizers and Innovators: Reformists, Feminists, Union Leaders, and Suffragists, 1890-1920. 3. Freedom and Disillusionment, The 1920s. 4. Women in the Depression and War Era, 1930-1945. 5. A Conservative Era, 1945-1960. 6. Progress and Backlash, The 1960s and 1970s. 7. The Third Wave, 1980-2004. Bibliography. Photo Credits. Index.