Making Sense of Women's Lives

Making Sense of Women's Lives

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Making Sense of Women's Lives presents a wide range of writings about women's lives in the United States. Michele Plott and Lauri Umansky have drawn on their experiences as both students and professors to assemble the collection. Seeking to provide as full a sampling from a diverse and intellectually vibrant field as one volume permits, the editors have also chosen writing that makes an enjoyable read. A few of the selections here represent the undisputed 'classics' of the field. More of them constitute simply the works, drawn from academic and nonacademic sources alike, that could make a difference in understanding what it means to be female in America. Making Sense of Women's Lives is intended as the primary text in Women's Studies courses. With that usage in mind, Plott and Umansky have provided brief introductions to each article to help students understand the author's perspectives. Thought and discussion questions follow each selection. The book contains, as well, numerous qFlash Exercisesq suggestions for class exercises and activities. The editors have used these activities in their courses over the past decade, in conjunction with readings in this volume, and have found that the full complement of materials coalesces into an intellectually powerful introduction to Women's Studies. A Collegiate Press bookCurtis Sittenfeld, who won Seventeen magazinea#39;s 1992 national fiction award, wrote this essay the next year, just before her eighteenth birthday. Here she describes the startling descent from the freedom of girlhood into the restrictive realities of young ... Exuberant and athletic in elementary school, a girl soon learns to contain her passions in every conceivable way. ... One day in the spring, the gym teacher has all of you do a timed mile, and by the third lap, half the girls are walking.

Title:Making Sense of Women's Lives
Author: Michelle Plott, Lauri Umansky
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield - 2000-01-01

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