Synopses & Reviews
Diaries and autobiographies have become significant resources infinding out how women negotiated the world of work, particularly in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Here, ineighteen essays, we find accounts from diverse contributors on the writing of gender and women's history, using diaries to explore theshared worlds of family and community in eighteenth century New Brunswick, international child welfare, transnational life as a peaceactivist and scholar, the lives of female students at Victoria College/University of Toronto from 1900 to 1940, three youthfulfemale diarists in the Canada of the 1930s, saleswomen in a sales magazine of the 1920s and 1950s, an oral history of gender/race andnational character, the Ontario Women's History Network, women in Canadian engieering firms from 1970 to 1980, and domestic labor in1960 in Quebec City. US distribution is by the U. of Washington Press. Canadian distribution is by the U. of Toronto Press.Annotation ©2014 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In the late 1970s, feminists urged us to ?rethink? Canada by placing women's experiences at the centre of historical analysis. Forty years later, women's and gender historians continue to take up the challenge, not only to interrogate the idea of nation but also to place their work in a global perspective. This volume showcases the work of scholars who draw on critical race theory, postcolonial theory, and transnational history to re-examine familiar topics such as biography and oral history, paid and unpaid work, marriage and family, and women's political action. Taken together, these exciting new essays demonstrate the continued relevance of history informed by feminist perspectives.