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Women's Untold Stories
Breaking Silence, Talking Back, Voicing Complexity

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ISBN 9780415922074
Published July 29, 1999 by Routledge
272 Pages

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First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Table of Contents


Breaking Silence
"The Only Black Woman Walking the Face of the Earth Who Cannot Have a Baby"
"Kind of Neanderthal" or "Perfectly Normal": Giving Birth at Home
(De)constructing Alternative Realities: Image, Ambiguity, and Allegiance in a Mother's Response to the Disclosure of Incest
Life on the Home Front: Housewives' Experience of World War II
Expanding the Internment Narrative: Multiple Layers of Japanese American Women's Experiences
Crossborder Existence

Talking Back
Skirting the Normal Gender Divide: A Tomboy Life Story
Climbing out of the Pit: From the Black Middle Class to Homeless and (Almost) Back Again
One of the Family or Just the Mexican Maid's Daughter? Belonging, Identity and Social Mobility
Millie's Story: Re-inscribing, Resisting and Reproducing Master Narratives
"How Would You Write about That?" Language, Identity and the Construction of Legitimate Knowledge

Voicing Complexity
"I've Got to Try to Make a Difference": A White Woman in the Civil Rights Movement
A Contintuing Commitment to Social Change: Portraits of Activism over Adulthood
"In My Heart I Will Always Be Hmong": One Hmong Woman's Bicultural Narrative
Inventing a Labor of Love: Scholarship as a Woman's Work
Berta's Story: Journey from Sweatshop to Showroom

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Mary Romero, author of Maid in the U.S.A. (Routledge, 1992), is Professor in the School of Justice Studies at Arizona State University. Abigail J. Steward is the coeditor or coauthor of eight books and is Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan and is Director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender


"This book incorporates the life stories of women from cultural and ethnic groups too often neglected in serious scholarship. . . Each chapter adequately places the responsibility for economic, gender, and cultural exploitation at the level of society. The women whose stories are told were active participants in the research and treated with respect and dignity. Nevertheless, readers will remember the women in the stories more than the statistics and 'post modern feminist deconstruction.'" --Sandra K. Webster, Professor of Psychology at Westminster College for Psychology of Women Quarterly, Vol. 24, December 2000."
"These writers, each more talented than the next, come out of many closets, releasing a brilliant display of the power, tenacity, humor and exhaustion of women's lives. Writing explicitly and relentlessly at the borders of gender, race, class and sexuality, these essays are a must-read for old and young girls and women across the nation." -- Michelle Fine, Professor of Social/Personality Psychology, City University of New York Graduate School and University Center, and co-editor of The Unknown City: Lives of Poor and Working-Class Young Adults
"The editors are leading figures in their field...There is simply nothing like this--it will gain a lot of attention." -- Jean O'Barr, Duke University
"Women's stories are as much our way of speaking politically as any political tract and much more forceful. Rich and various, these women's narratives constitute a new dialogic genre in which the speaking of women's own experiences challenges, confronts and disrupts master narratives of race, gender, and class." -- Dorothy E. Smith, author of Writing the Social: Critique, Theory and Investigations and Texts, Facts, and Femininity: Exploring the Relations of Ruling (Routledge)
"[F]ascinating...This collection is a wonderful addition to feminist methodology..." -- Contemporary Sociology, September 2001
"For the editors of Women's Untold Lives, telling personal stories is a means of uncovering and speaking against structures of power... The collection highlights the variety and complexity of the lives of women in the United States. Moreover, the stories forcefully demonstrate that prevailing views of social life cover up many aspects of women's experience. Making women visible alters our understanding of history, social life, and ourselves as social actors." -- SIGNS, Jeanne Marecek, Swarthmore College
"In the edited volume, Women's Untold Stories, Mary Romero and Abigail Stewart contribute to efforts like hooks by giving voice to women normally outside the mainstream- vis-à-vis class, race, sexuality, ethnicity, and/or life experience- in order to create alternative narratives to the 'master narrative.'." -- NWSA Journal, Nancy E. Rose