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Reshaping Women's HistoryVoices of Nontraditional Women Historians$
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Julie A Gallagher and Barbara Winslow

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042003

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042003.001.0001

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Centering “Nontraditional” Lives

Centering “Nontraditional” Lives

(p.42) Centering “Nontraditional” Lives
Reshaping Women's History

Pamela Stewart

University of Illinois Press

This chapter presents the nontraditional path taken by its author, the 2001 Catherine Prelinger Award recipient, as she completed her PhD. Summarized in the phrase, “From Mormon Wife to Feminist Life,” the essay integrates self-discovery with dissertation research on working women during the revolutionary 1871 Paris Commune, which introduced her to André Léo’s statement, used in the title. Discovering women’s history and the scholarship of mentors such as the lesbian feminist theorist Monique Wittig and the historian Rachel G. Fuchs encouraged persistence and an avid dedication to teaching. The essay outlines her continuing research on subjects who defied limits traditionally placed on women and girls, including the athlete and educator Ina E. Gittings (1885-1966).

Keywords:   non-traditional, Prelinger, Mormon, working women, 1871 Paris Commune, women’s history, lesbian feminist, Monique Wittig, Rachel Fuchs, Ina E. Gittings

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