This stimulating collection of essays in an autobiographical
framework spans the period from 1963 to the present. It encompasses
Gerda Lerner's theoretical writing and her organizational work in
transforming the history profession and in establishing Women's
History as a mainstream field.
Six of the twelve essays are new, written especially for this
volume; the others have previously appeared in small journals or
were originally presented as talks, and have been revised for this
book. Several essays discuss feminist teaching and the problems of
interpretation of autobiography and memoir for the reader and the
historian. Lerner's reflections on feminism as a worldview, on the
meaning of history writing, and on problems of aging lend this book
unusual range and depth.
Together, the essays illuminate how thought and action connected in
Lerner's life, how the life she led before she became an academic
affected the questions she addressed as a historian, and how the
social and political struggles in which she engaged informed her
thinking. Written in lucid, accessible prose, the essays will
appeal to the general reader as well as to students at all levels.
Living with History / Making Social Change
insight into the life work of one of the leading historians of the