"Eleanor Dare must have been either extraordinarily adventurous or easily led. In 1587, when she was pregnant with her first child, she set sail across the Atlantic, headed for a continent where no woman of her kind had ever lived, let alone given birth."I remember learning about Virginia Dare in school. She was the first English baby born in America, so I figured the pregnaant Eleanor Dare must be her mother. I knew from the back cover that Gail Collins "tells the story of how women shaped the nation and our vision of what it means to be female in America." And I'm interested. The history lessons I was taught were all about men and wars and politics; but this book is about "how women lived, what they cared about, and how they felt about marriage, sex, and work." I've finished the first chapter, so far, and look forward to the rest, including the last chapter — "The Sixties: The Pendulum Swings Back with a Vengeance" — which covers the time when I was a young mother. I've already read Gail Collins's 2009 book, When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, which I reviewed here. Now I need to catch up with what came before.
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