Laurel Thatcher Ulrich coined the phrase “Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History” in an obscure thesis paper. Now it is a favorite phrase among feminists and for some women, a justification for wild behavior. But what does it really mean? In this book Thatcher delves into the history of women, highlighting some of history’s most famous women such as Virginia Wolf, Christine de Pizan, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Through her profiles of historical women, she illustrates that women made history, not necessarily by behaving wild or bad for the sake of wildness, but by going against social convention because their conscience required it. I found this book fascinating and it made me want to read and study more about women’s history and social studies. It gives a great overview of women’s history and politics and it offers great insight into female issues.

-Liesl Shurtliff – Goodreads

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