The Majority Finds Its Past: Placing Women in History (review)

The Majority Finds Its Past: Placing Women in History (review) Book Reviews Lerner, Gerda. The Majority Finds Its Past: Placing Women in History. 1979. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005. 176 pp. In "Why History Matters," Gerda Lerner writes, "What we remember, what we stress as significant, and what we omit of our past defines our present" (200). This quotation helps explain the importance of the recent reprinting, with a new foreword by Linda K. Kerber, of Lerner's 1979 collection The Majority Finds Its Past: Placing Women in History. Although there have been numerous developments and achievements in all areas of women's studies, the kind of patriarchal bias Lerner draws attention to in the field of history remains far too prevalent in many academic conversations in 2008. For example, as a feminist rhetorician, I am reminded that feminist rhetorical studies is still a marginalized area of study in rhetoric and composition, and despite important scholarship by black women like Shirley Wilson Logan and Jacqueline Jones Royster, it remains largely dominated by white women scholars. More generally, the reprinting of this collection is an important text for both students new to feminist studf eminist te ach e r ies and seasoned scholars. First, it offers students an http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Feminist Teacher University of Illinois Press

The Majority Finds Its Past: Placing Women in History (review)

Feminist Teacher, Volume 19 (2) – May 15, 2009

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Book Reviews Lerner, Gerda. The Majority Finds Its Past: Placing Women in History. 1979. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005. 176 pp. In "Why History Matters," Gerda Lerner writes, "What we remember, what we stress as significant, and what we omit of our past defines our present" (200). This quotation helps explain the importance of the recent reprinting, with a new foreword by Linda K. Kerber, of Lerner's 1979 collection The Majority Finds Its Past: Placing Women in History. Although there have been numerous developments and achievements in all areas of women's studies, the kind of patriarchal bias Lerner draws attention to in the field of history remains far too prevalent in many academic conversations in 2008. For example, as a feminist rhetorician, I am reminded that feminist rhetorical studies is still a marginalized area of study in rhetoric and composition, and despite important scholarship by black women like Shirley Wilson Logan and Jacqueline Jones Royster, it remains largely dominated by white women scholars. More generally, the reprinting of this collection is an important text for both students new to feminist studf eminist te ach e r ies and seasoned scholars. First, it offers students an

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