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Book Review: Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Don’t judge a book by its cover, they say, but can one reliably judge by the title?  This book will either be about why good, respectable women have not made it into our history books, or why women who step out of character do make it into our history books.  Or, if the reader is lucky, both.    Choice C it is!

Ulrich’s prologue is titled “The Slogan,” and tells how this phrase began in Ulrich’s opening paragraph of a study of Puritan funeral services of well-behaved women – which is likely the first time those quiet women made history. Journalist Kay Mils used in in her 1995 informal history of American women. By 1996, it was on t-shirts, bumper stickers, and coffee mugs.   The slogan is popular with everyone from quilters to newspaper reporters to musicians.

Examples Across History and Geography...

ETA:  Blue Thread, by Ruth T Feldman, uses this slogan on the Dedication page!  I didn't know that when I picked up both books at the same time :)
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