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

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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: 8/28/1999
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Romero, author of Maid in the U.S.A. (Routledge, 1992), is Professor in the School of Justice Studies at Arizona State University. Abigail J. Steward is the coeditor or coauthor of eight books and is Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan and is Director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender

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Table of Contents

1 "The Only Black Woman Walking the Face of the Earth Who Cannot Have a Baby": Two Women's Stories 3
2 "Kind of Neanderthal" or "Perfectly Normal": Giving Birth at Home 20
3 "An Unbelievable Kind of Thing": A Mother's Response to the Disclosure of Incest 37
4 Life on the Home Front: Housewives' Experiences of World War II 53
5 Expanding the Internment Narrative: Multiple Layers of Japanese American Women's Experiences 71
6 Cross-border Existence: One Woman's Migration Story 83
7 Skirting the Gender Normal Divide: A Tomboy Life Story 105
8 Climbing out of the Pit: From the Black Middle Class to Homeless and Almost Back Again 125
9 One of the Family, or Just the Mexican Maid's Daughter?: Belonging, Identity, and Social Mobility 142
10 Millie's Story: Motherhood, Heroin, and Methadone 159
11 "How Would You Write about That?": Identity, Language, and Knowledge in the Narratives of Two Navajo Women 174
12 "I've Got to Try to Make a Difference": A White Woman in the Civil Rights Movement 195
13 A Continuing Commitment to Social Change: Portraits of Activism throughout Adulthood 212
14 "In My Heart I Will Always Be Hmong": One Hmong American Woman's Pioneering Journey toward Activism 227
15 Inventing a Labor of Love: Scholarship as a Woman's Work 243
16 Berta's Story: Journey from Sweatshop to Showroom 256
Contributors 271
Index 277
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