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Thoughtfully re-edited with the student reader in mind and featuring expanded coverage of women in the military, women's healthcare, divorce, and women of colour -- especially Spanish speaking, American Indian, African American, and Asian American -- this well-balanced interpretive account of women's experiences as they shaped and were shaped by American history resounds as a remarkable feat of insight and inclusion.
Glenda Riley is Alexander M. Bracken Professor of History Emeritus at Ball State University. Formerly, she was professor of history and director of the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Northern Iowa. Professor Riley has also served as visiting endowed professor at University College, Dublin; Marquette University; and Mesa State College, In addition to authoring four editions of Inventing the American Women, Professor Riley has written The Life and Legacy of Annie Oakley (1994), A Place to Grow: Women in the American West (1992), Divorce: An American Tradition (1991), The Female Frontier: A Comparative View of Women on the Prairie and Plains (1988), Women and Indians on the Frontier, 1825-1915 (1984), Frontierswomen: The Iowa Experience (1981; 2d ed., 1994), Women and Nature: Saving the “Wild” West (1999), Taking Land, Breaking Land: Women Colonizing the American West and Kenya, 1840-1940 (2003), and Confronting Race: Women and Indians on the Frontier, 1815-1915 (2004), as ell as numerous published articles, reviews, and chapters in edited volumes. Professor Riley now lives on a horse ranch in historic Lincoln County, New Mexico, and is a member of such organizations as the Lincoln County Historical Society and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Posse.
Table of Contents
"Reordering Woman's Sphere": The Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1878 to 1914; The "New Woman": World War I and the "Roaring Twenties", 1914 to 1929; "Making Do and Pitching In": The Great Depression and World War II, 1929 to 1945; The Feminine Mystique and Beyond, 1945 to 1965; Modern American Women: 1965 to Present; Conclusion - Looking Toward the Future.