Women's Untold Stories: Breaking Silence, Talking Back, Voicing Complexity

Women's Untold Stories: Breaking Silence, Talking Back, Voicing Complexity

by Mary Romero
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415922062

ISBN-13: 9780415922067

Pub. Date: 08/28/1999

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Honest, vivid, and diverse, the essays collected in Women's Untold Stories reveal women's narratives that have largely gone unheard--stories of women of different ages, races, sexual orientations and ethnicities. These stories are outside the "master narrative",

describing experiences that have been suppressed, ignored, or are somehow difficult to tell.

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Honest, vivid, and diverse, the essays collected in Women's Untold Stories reveal women's narratives that have largely gone unheard--stories of women of different ages, races, sexual orientations and ethnicities. These stories are outside the "master narrative",

describing experiences that have been suppressed, ignored, or are somehow difficult to tell.

The stories reveal race, class and gender pressures with accounts of a Mexican maid's daughter and a tomboy who breaks gender norms as a "butch" straight woman. Experiences of motherhood and

family life are covered with stories of home births, women of color's struggles with infertility, and a mother's side of an incest story. Narratives of women in public life are also included: a scientist's unconventional orientation to her work, a sweatshop worker's advocacy within the

workplace, and Japanese-American women who were interned during World War II. And rare portrayals of women who demonstrate remarkable political efficacy appear in this book as well: life-long political activists, a white woman in the civil rights movement, and a Hmong refugee who is a

community advocate.

Fascinating and often intense, these women's wide- ranging experiences, contextualized by the contributors, help readers to understand the importance of those women's lives that have been left at the margins of history and politics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415922067
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1"The Only Black Woman Walking the Face of the Earth Who Cannot Have a Baby": Two Women's Stories3
2"Kind of Neanderthal" or "Perfectly Normal": Giving Birth at Home20
3"An Unbelievable Kind of Thing": A Mother's Response to the Disclosure of Incest37
4Life on the Home Front: Housewives' Experiences of World War II53
5Expanding the Internment Narrative: Multiple Layers of Japanese American Women's Experiences71
6Cross-border Existence: One Woman's Migration Story83
7Skirting the Gender Normal Divide: A Tomboy Life Story105
8Climbing out of the Pit: From the Black Middle Class to Homeless and (Almost) Back Again125
9One of the Family, or Just the Mexican Maid's Daughter?: Belonging, Identity, and Social Mobility142
10Millie's Story: Motherhood, Heroin, and Methadone159
11"How Would You Write about That?": Identity, Language, and Knowledge in the Narratives of Two Navajo Women174
12"I've Got to Try to Make a Difference": A White Woman in the Civil Rights Movement195
13A Continuing Commitment to Social Change: Portraits of Activism throughout Adulthood212
14"In My Heart I Will Always Be Hmong": One Hmong American Woman's Pioneering Journey toward Activism227
15Inventing a Labor of Love: Scholarship as a Woman's Work243
16Berta's Story: Journey from Sweatshop to Showroom256
Contributors271
Index277

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