Is women's history necessarily feminist history?

I know this sounds like a dumb question.  Most of us have been answering this for at least a decade, with the rejoinder “of course not!”  For the past twenty years, we’ve seen a complex de-coupling going on between women’s history and feminism.  (This was of course one of the laments in Judith Bennett’s wide-ranging evaluation of […]

"What about Women in Early American History?" In which Historiann and friends get up on their high horses and rope 'em up good

Howdy, cowgirls and dudes–here’s my long-overdue report on a conversation we had Friday afternoon, June 12 at the Omohundro Institute’s Fifteenth Annual Conference in Salt Lake City.  Called “What about Women in Early America?”it featured Karin Wulf of the College of William and Mary (and the book review editor for the William and Mary Quarterly); Sowande’ Mustakeem of […]

Women's History Month wrap-up

Thanks to all of you who participated in our Women’s History Month book club discussion of Judith Bennett’s History Matters: Patriarchy and the Challenge of Feminism.  (Just in case you’ve missed our discussions, here they are:  Parts I, II, III, IV, and V.)  This post is an open thread to solicit your comments on our discussion, […]

Women's History Month book club: Judith Bennett's "History Matters" Part III at Tenured Radical

Tenured Radical has posted her essay for Part III of our discussion of Judith Bennett’s History Matters, where she discusses premodern history, the academic job market’s bias towards the modern, and Bennett’s call for women’s historians to write more “lesbian-like” history.  The conversation is happening there now, so come on over and join in the fun!  (If you […]

The trolls under the bridge

As you all know, “Historiann” is a prankish name for this blog (and for this blogger)–I’m neither anonymous nor truly pseudonymous.  I made this decision for a number of reasons–mostly because I have specific training and areas of expertise, and I wanted to be clear about that.  But realistically, this blog caters to a community with a fairly […]