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Women and the National Experience, 3/e provides students with inexpensive collections of thought-provoking primary sources. Combining classic and unusual sources, this anthology explores the private voices and public lives of women throughout U.S. history, and also lets students experience what historians really do and how history is written.

Author Biography

A graduate of Smith College, Ellen Skinner received an MA from Columbia University and a PhD from NYU.  She chaired the History Department at Pace University’s Westchester campus from 1987 to 2006. Her teaching career spanned four decades and in 2008 she was appointed Professor Emerita.  In both her teaching and writing she strives to make women’s history accessible to students and relevant to their lives. Now in its third edition, Women and the National Experience first was published in 1995. Professor Skinner continues to teach women’s history online and to search the archives for women’s lost voices. Her current research focuses on women’s human rights as well as the connections between women’s history and the environment.

Table of Contents

11 Women’s Roles: Americanization and the Multicultural West

    Martha (Mattie) Virginia Oblinger, Letter to her Family (June 16th 1873)

    Sarah Thal, Recollections of a German-Jewish Woman in North Dakota (1882)

    Helen Hunt Jackson, Excerpt from A Century of Dishonor (1883)

    Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins, Life Among The Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims (1883)

    Alice Fletcher (1838-1923) Dependent Races, National Council of Women (1891)

    Sister Blandina Segale, Excerpt: At the End of the Santa Fe Trail

    Johanna July, Interview, Federal Writers Project (1936-1940)

    Emmeline Wells “Is It Ignorance?” Woman’s Exponent (July 1st,  1883)

    Fanny Stenhouse , Tell It All: A Woman’s Life in Polygamy  (1875)

    Elizabeth Piper Ensley, Suffrage Victory in Colorado (1893)

    Mary McGladery Tape A Chinese Mother Protests School Segregation in San Francisco, Letter to

        School Board (1885) 

    Elinoir Pruitt Stewart, Letter from a Woman Homesteader,”Filing a Claim”(1911)


12  Gilded Age Protest and Women Activists:  Empowering Women Workers        

    Mary Church Terrell, What It Means to Be Colored in the Capital of the United States (1906)

    Susan B. Anthony, Bread Not Ballots (c.1867)                                                 

    Massachusetts Bureau of Statistics of Labor, The Working Girls of Boston (1884)

    Leonora Barry, Investigator for the Knights of Labor (1888)

    Mary Elizabeth Lease, A Populist Crusader (1892)

    Clara Lanza, Women as Clerks in New York (1891)

    Mother Jones, The March of the Mill Children (1903)

    Rose Schneiderman, A Cap Maker’s Story  (1905)

    Rose Schneiderman, The Triangle Fire (1911)

   New York Times, Miss Morgan Aids Girl Waist Strikers (1909) 


13 Progressive Era: Maternal Politics and Suffrage Victory        

    Anna Garlin Spencer, Women Citizens (1898)

    “Conquering Little Italy,” Transactions of the National Council of Women (Feb 22-25, 1891)

    Mary White Ovington “How the NAACP Began” (1914)

    Jane Addams, The Clubs of Hull House  (1905)

    Lillian Wald, New York Times, “Good Metal in our Melting Pot Says Miss Wald,” (Nov. 16th 1913)

    Florence Kelley, The Child, the State, and the Nation (1905)                                        

    Muller v. Oregon (1908)

    National Women’s Trade Union League, Legislative Goals (1911)

    Alice Duer Miller, “A Consistent Anti to her Son”(1915)

    Anna Howard Shaw, NAWSA Convention Speech (1913)

    Mollie Schepps, Senators v. Working Women (1912)

    NAWSA, A Letter to Clergymen (1912)

    Carrie Chapman Catt, Mrs. Catt Assails Pickets (1917) 

    Alice Paul, Why the Suffrage Struggle Must Continue (1917)                                          

    Jane Addams and Emily Balch, Resolutions Adopted at the Hague Congress  (1915)


14 Post-Suffrage Trends and the Limits of Liberated Behavior

    Dr. Irving Steinhardt, Ten Sex Talks to Young Girls  (1914)

    Ma Rainey (Gertrude Pridgett ) “Prove it on Me Blues”

    Ellen Welles Page, “A Flapper’s Appeal to her Parents” Outlook, (Dec.1922)

    U.S. Government, Survey of Employment Conditions: The Weaker Sex

    Mary G. Kilbreth, The New Anti-Feminist Campaign (1921)                                     

    Women Streetcar Conductors Fight Layoffs (1921)

    Ann Martin, We Couldn’t Afford a Doctor (1920)

    The Farmer’s Wife, The Labor Savers I Use (1923)

    National Woman’s Party, Declaration of Principles  (1922)

    Charlotte Hawkins Brown, Speech Given at the Women’s Interracial Conference (1920)

    Elisabeth Christman, What Do Working Women Say?  (c.1912)

    Eleanor Wembridge, Petting and the College Campus  (1925)

    Letter to Margaret Sanger  (1928)


15  The Great Depression and the New Deal: Desperate Lives and Women Leaders                                                                                      

    Meridel Le Sueur, The Despair of Unemployed Women  (1932)

    Ruth Shallcross, Shall Married Women Work?  (1936)

    Pinkie Pilcher, Letter to President Roosevelt  (1936)

    Ann Marie Low, Dust Bowl Diary  (1934)

    Louise Mitchell, Slave Markets in New York City  (1940)

    Mary McLeod Bethune, A Century of Progress of Negro Women (1933)

    Jessie Daniel Ames, Southern Women and Lynching (1936)                                            

    Eleanor Roosevelt, Letter to Walter White  (1936)

    Frances Perkins and Alice Hamilton, Tri-State Conference on Silicosis, Missouri Testimony (1940)


16 World War II and Postwar Trends: Disruption, Conformity and Counter Currents    

    Richard Jefferson, African-American Women Factory Workers  (1941)

    Eleanor Roosevelt “Women’s Place After the War” (Aug. 1944)

    Postwar Plans of Women Workers  (1946)

    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, Farewell to Manzanar (1973)

    Amram Scheinfeld , “Are American Moms a Menace?” Ladies Home Journal (Nov. 1946)

    Marynia Farnham and Ferdinand Lundberg, Modern Women: The Lost Sex (1947)

    Loretta Collier, A Lesbian Recounts Her Korean War Military Experience (1990)

    Jo Ann Gibson Robinson, The Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955)

    Anne Moody, The Movement (1963)

    Adlai Stevenson, ”A Purpose for Modern Woman,” Smith College Commencement Speech, 1955

    Betty Friedan, The Problem That Has No Name (1963)  


17 From Municipal House Keeping to Environmental Justice 

    Rebecca Harding Davis, Excerpt from Life in the Iron Mills (1861)

    Ellen Swallow Richards, “Transcript to Woman’s Education Association 1877”

    Transactions of the National Council of Women of the United States, Washington, D.C. “In Behalf of

            Clean Streets” (1891)

    Alice Hamilton, Autobiography, Exploring The Poisonous Trades (1943)

    Mary Hunter Austin , The Land of Little Rain (1903)

    Marion Crocker, Department of Conservation Speech to 4th annual Conservation Congress, “The

            Conservation Imperative” (1912)

    Rachel Carson, Excerpt from, Silent Spring (1962)

    Bella Stavitsy Abzug, Plenary Speech, United Nations, Fourth World Conference on Women (1995)

    Terry Tempest Williams, “Clan of One-Breasted Women”(1991)

    Lois Gibbs, “Learning From Love Canal: “ 20th Anniversary Retrospective”(1998)

    Theo Colburn, “Theo Colburn Reflects on Working Toward Peace”(1995)

    Margie Eugene Richard “Taking Our Human Rights Struggle to Geneva”

    Winona LaDuke , U.N. Address, Beijing China, “The Indigenous Women’s Network, Our Future, Our

            Responsibility (1995)


18 Feminist Revival and Women’s Liberation                    

    National Organization for Women, Statement of Purpose (1966)

    U.S. Supreme Court, Griswold v Connecticut, March, 1965

    Redstockings Manifesto (1969)                                                                                

    Gloria Steinem, Statement to Congress (1970)

    Joyce Maynard, An Eighteen Year Old Looks Back at Life (1972)

    Rape, An Act of Terror (1971)                                                                                                

    Chicana Demands (1972)                                                                                             

    National Black Feminist Organization, Manifesto (1974)

    Lesbian Feminist Organization, Constitution (1973)                                                        

    National Organization for Women, General Resolution on Lesbian/Gay Rights (1973)


19  Contested Terrain: Change and Resistance            

    Roe v. Wade (1973)                                                                                          

    Phyllis Schlafly, The Positive Woman  (1977)

    A Letter from a Battered Wife (1983)

    Audre Lorde, “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House” (1984)

    Mab Segrest, Excerpt from” Confessions of a Closet Baptist” (1985)

    Susan Brownmiller, In Our Time: Memoir of a Revolution (1999)

    Anita Hill, Statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee (1991)

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg, On Being Nominated to the Supreme Court (1993)

    Susan Faludi, Backlash (1992)


20 Entering the Twenty-First Century: Elusive Equality

    Robin Morgan, Sisterhood is Global (1984)

    Naomi Wolf,The Beauty Myth (1992)                                                                                   

    Paula Kamen, Acquaintance Rape: Revolution and Reaction                      

    Susan Brownmiller, In Our Time: Memoir of a Revolution (1999)

    bell hooks, Feminist Theory  (2000)                                                                              

    Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, ManifestA: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future (2000)

    Leila Ahmed, A Border Passage: From Cairo to America—A Woman’s Journey (2000)

    Kathleen Slayton, Gender Equity Gap in High Tech (2001)

    Miriam Ching Yoon Louie, Sweatshop Warriors


21 Women’s Rights:  National and Global Perspectives

    Hillary Clinton Speech, Beijing U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women (1995)

    Concerned Women for America, Final +5 Beijing Battle Centers Around Abortion (2000)

    Senator Obama, Statement on 35th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Supreme Court Decision (Jan. 22nd 2008)

    Independent Women’s Forum, Opposition to Lilly Ledbetter Pay Equity Act (2009) Open Letter to Obama, “Feminist

             Historians for a New, New Deal” (2009)

    Melanne Verveer, Written Testimony before Congress  (2009)

    Equality Now, Women’s Action, “United States: Female Genital Mutilation and Political Asylum -The Case of

             Fauziya Kasinga” (1995-1996)

    Laura Bush, Speech on Afghan Women, Radio Address (Nov.17, 2001)

    Eleanor Curti Smeal, “Keep Pledges to Afghan Women and Girls, Build Lasting Peace” (December 1, 2009)

    Dorchen A. Leidholdt, CATW, “Demand and the Debate” (2004)

    Sister Louise Akers, “Cincinnati’s Pilarczyk Bans Nun from Teaching” (Sept. 2nd, 2009)

    Jessica Valenti, Excerpt from Full Frontal Feminism, (2007)

    Deborah Siegel, Excerpt from Sisterhood, Interrupted from Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild  (2007)

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