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To Believe in Women : What Lesbians Have Done for America

To Believe in Women What Lesbians Have Done for America From the author of the acclaimed Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers a landmark work of lesbian history that both sets the record straight or unstraight for all Americans and provides a usable past for les

  • Title: To Believe in Women : What Lesbians Have Done for America
  • Author: Lillian Faderman
  • ISBN: 9780395850107
  • Page: 218
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the author of the acclaimed Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers, a landmark work of lesbian history that both sets the record straight or unstraight for all Americans and provides a usable past for lesbians This is a book about how millions of American women became what they are now full citizens, educated, and capable of earning a decent living for themselves ButFrom the author of the acclaimed Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers, a landmark work of lesbian history that both sets the record straight or unstraight for all Americans and provides a usable past for lesbians This is a book about how millions of American women became what they are now full citizens, educated, and capable of earning a decent living for themselves But it departs from other such histories because it focuses on how certain late nineteenth and early twentieth century women whose lives can be described as lesbian were in the forefront of the battle to procure the rights and privileges that large numbers of Americans enjoy today A groundbreaking reappraisal of those women known by history but whose histories are incomplete, To Believe in Women examines how their lesbianism may in fact have facilitated their accomplishments Lillian Faderman, twice winner of the Lambda Award, persuasively argues that even before a lesbian identity was defined, many early female leaders had what would now be called lesbian relationships, free from the constraints of traditional heterosexual arrangements that might otherwise have impeded their pursuits in education, politics, and culture A book of impeccable research and compelling readability, To Believe in Women will be a source of enlightenment for all, and for many a singular source of pride.

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    1. I borrowed this hefty tome from the library when it was originally published in 1999, and recently bought myself a copy now that it's out in paperback. The awkwardly wordy title may give the impression that this book is one of those rather shallow surveys that tries to cram decades upon decades of historical information into a slight volume. It is not. Nor is it one of those corny 'great and little known facts & contributions books'. What it is is a scholarly and exhaustively researched (mos [...]

    2. This book contains a lot of good "unknown" information regarding same sex relationships which most suffragists involved themselves in. There's a lot of excerpts from original letters written by Susan B Anthony among others - directed to their loved one. After taking a class about Women's history in America - I realized that women in the 18o0's were encouraged to participate in same sex romantic relationships. This of course was a result of the division of spheres 1. men 2. women. The women spher [...]

    3. Lillian Faderman appears to be specializing in books with long titles. This one continues that trend with "To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done For America - A History". This covers a period of time from the middle of the 19th through the middle of the 20th century and looks at the women who were the driving forces in women's suffrage, education and in professional and academic work.Sadly, it contains a lot of names that we've never heard in a history class. The only two likely exception [...]

    4. Liliian Faderman's book, To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done for America - A History, examines the contribution of American women we would now identify as lesbians to various areas of endeavour, including the women's suffrage movement, the settlement house movement, the establishment of higher education institutions for women, and the entry of women into the professions.It is difficult to look back into the past and determine with absolute certainty the sexual lives of many of the women [...]

    5. I am so glad I found this book! It was as amazing and eye-opening as others have said. Faderman finally presents us with a full history of some of the most admired American women. I devoured this - it's scholarly but compulsively readable. Footnotes aren't digitized well, at least not in iBooks - it's hard to find what you want when you are reading. One gripe: Faderman has something against stay-at-home moms. That's fine when she's railing against the housewife mystique of the 50s, but she is in [...]

    6. This isn't really a review so much as just thoughts. I swear, every single introduction to any academic lesbian text is so damn apologetic for using the term 'lesbian.' Even when it is partially tongue in cheek and poking a bit of fun at the ridiculousness of being unable to use the term in academia, it still comes across as a bit apologetic. (Literally, once you have read so many of these texts it's a little maddening how they tiptoe around other academics.)This one though: "I might have subtit [...]

    7. i know this is stupid, but i mostly enjoyed this book for celebrity-spotting (so is it just accepted knowledge nnow that Eleanor Roosevelt was a dyke?)and sentimental claspings of hands beneath moonlight caresses. I'm a sucker for womyn-loving-womyn Anne of Green Gables styleee.

    8. Great book! Hard to put down if you enjoy stories of smart women going against the grain. Provides an ancestry to lesbian and bisexual women and an eye-opening historical account to anyone who grew up learning the straight-washed version of American women's history. Highly recommend!

    9. Amazing read. So many women we hear about as heroes all the time (such as Susan B. Anthony!), with lesbian inclinations, and we never hear about them. I never get to hear their history which is so affirming for me. This book is incredibly important.

    10. So many fascinating little tidbits (Didja know Spelman was founded by a white lesbian couple? Huh???) and a fascinating overarching narrative. I really enjoyed it.

    11. This is one of my favorite books. When I was growing up, you never heard of the women in this book. Yet they played prominent and integral roles in our history.

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