This landmark work of lesbian history focuses on how certain late-nineteenth-century and twentieth-century women whose lives can be described as lesbian were in the forefront of the battle to secure the rights and privileges that large numbers of Americans enjoy today. Lillian Faderman persuasively argues that their lesbianism may in fact have facilitated their accomplishments. A book of impeccable research and compelling readability, TO BELIEVE IN WOMEN will be a source of enlightenment for all, and for many a singular source of pride.
About the Author
Lillian Faderman is the author of such acclaimed works as To Believe in Women, Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers, and Surpassing the Love of Men. Among the many honors her work has received are the Yale University James Brudner Award for Exemplary Scholarship in Lesbian/Gay Studies, three Lambda Literary Awards, and the Paul Monette Award. She teaches literature and creative writing at California State University at Fresno.
"An essential and impassioned addition to American history." Kirkus Reviews
"For those who need a dose of pride and a slice of history, Faderman's portraits should strike a popular note. ''To Believe in Women'' is a decent starting point for learning about these pioneers and their contributions to American life." -- reviewed by Karla Jay The New York Times
"Solid historical research and analysis in a voice that is easily accessible and often quite moving." The Washington Post
"This book will raise eyebrows and consciousness." -- Dianne Wood Middlebrook