The Secret History of Weeds: What Women Need To Know About Their History

The Secret History of Weeds: What Women Need To Know About Their History

by Julia Hughes Jones
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The Secret History of Weeds: What Women Need To Know About Their History by Julia Hughes Jones

"Girls begin to talk and to stand on their feet sooner than boys because weeds always grow up more quickly than good crops."

Martin Luther's opinion in 1533 continues to plague women today as an unconscious message that the female is inferior. This book overrides that message with evidence to the contrary.

Julia Hughes Jones, a pioneering woman politician, reveals through carefully selected stories the leadership challenges women have faced in history as child bearers, hearth keepers, and as support structures for the deeds and misdeeds of men in their lives.

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ISBN-13: 9781601458032
Publisher: Inc
Publication date: 05/15/2009
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

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The Secret History of Weeds: What Women Need To Know About Their History 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
StAugustineGirl More than 1 year ago
A timely reminder that even in the 21st century, Western women still have not achieved true equality with men. Jones does a great job of educating us on the origins of the insidious and persistent bias towards women, even in this supposedly enlightened society. Her analysis is entertaining and credible. As a former woman politician. she knows how to work around prejudice without ignoring it. Buy this book for yourself--and your daughters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Women have been held back for centuries by certain beliefs about their emotions and behavior. One of the recurring themes the author disputes is the one that says women crumble in a crisis, fight with each other, complain of boredom and instigate sexual encounters when allowed to participate in exploration. It was shocking to read about the way the early women astronauts in training were dismissed because our culture said women did not do such things! Then they suddenly were considered for long space flights because male astronauts needed "110 pounds of entertainment payload!" What a book this is and I highly recommend it.
GlenH More than 1 year ago
Ms Jone's wonderful and timely book, The Secret History of Weeds, What Women Need to Know About Their History, is inspiring and will surely find a welcoming audience among women, not exclusively those who dare enter the political arena in our present age, but all those who dare examine their role as human beings in a gender conscious (or perhaps obsessed) world. Ms Jones has the gift of phrasing concepts in such an orderly and unmistakable way that they are irrefutably clear to the reader. This book brings much overlooked and misunderstood knowledge about the experience of gender to the modern woman of course, but also to men as well, to the ultimate benefit of both.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book explains how females came to be considered inferior to males in history, a problem that continues to plague women in the third millennium. Martin Luther bestowed the "weed" status on females in 1533 and women are continuing to fight that label. No matter how you look at it, women who achieve at the top of the professional ladders in life are still viewed as "too emotional" and, even worse, not as competent in leadership as males. This work disputes those cultural beliefs with stories about women who overcame the secondary status awarded to them by our society. The road to achievement is paved with the shards of glass ceilings and stained glass windows, however, and will continue to be until the majority of the world's population becomes equal to the minority males. Jack Holland's book on misogyny, an indepth study of the mistreatment of women, is a perfect companion to the survey of recent discoveries about women's accomplishments in the "Weeds" book.