Smithsonian American women Remarkable objects and stories of strength, ingenuity, and vision from the National Collection

Book - 2019

"A unique, panoramic look at women's history in the United States through the lens of ordinary objects from, by, and for extraordinary women. Featuring more than 280 artifacts from 16 Smithsonian museums and archives, and more than 135 essays from 95 Smithsonian authors, this book tells women's history as only the Smithsonian can."--

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2nd Floor 305.40973/Smithsonian Withdrawn
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books [2019]
Other Authors
Jill Lepore, 1966- (writer of foreword), Michelle Anne Delaney (writer of introduction)
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
248 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
  • 1600-1864. Tradition and resistance in a young nation
  • 1865-1920. The road to reform
  • 1921-1948. The rise of the modern woman
  • 1949-1967. Boycotts, sit-ins, and civil unrest
  • 1968-2019. Breakthroughs and backlash.
Review by Booklist Review

Smithsonian American Women is the rare reference book that is also unputdownable. Stemming from the American Women's History Initiative and tied to the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment, the volume is a demonstration of what there is to mine from the Smithsonian's collections that reflects the lives of women. It covers women famous and obscure, historical and modern. Two-hundred-eighty artifacts, from Seneca women's clothing to the pussy hat, are presented chronologically, most with explanatory essays by museum staffers or researchers. This is a well-put together, well-designed book, so stuffed with information that readers will be tempted to consume it, all at once or in chunks, rather than in the usual, hunt-and-peck way most reference books are read. Introductory essays, color photos and pictures, and some data were not available for review. Nonetheless, the book's widespread and timely appeal encourages any public, school, or academic library to add it to an American history collections.--Danise Hoover Copyright 2010 Booklist

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