US Women’s History

This course traces the history of women and gender roles over the course of American history, from the colonial era through the twentieth century.   It explores women’s roles in the family, community, culture, economy and politics, considering the experiences of women of different class, race, and ethnic backgrounds. The course aims to understand two long-term trends in women’s history: one, the progress that American women have made toward achieving personal autonomy, sexual and reproductive freedom, economic independence, and political and legal rights; and two, the structural and ideological forces that have operated to impede or encourage this progress.