Tuesday, March 16
The last third of the 20th century witnessed a revolution in the landscape of gender in the United States, from the workplace to the family to sexuality to the language of daily life. Evans traces the trajectory of that movement and the internal complexities that have left a new terrain on which the struggle for gender justice continues.
As historian Sara Evans boxes up a lifetime of work on American social change, it's hard to imagine a better backdrop than the history-making presidential runs of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.
"I did not expect I would see it in my lifetime--either a serious woman candidate or a serious African American candidate," marvels Evans, who retired from the Minnesota faculty in June. "And that we have both just knocks my socks off."
To say that Evans understands how far America has come is putting it mildly. An internationally renowned social historian, she is the author of seven groundbreaking books exploring racial conflict, identity politics, and, especially, the stories and struggles of women in the 20th century. She is also a product of the segregated South who came of age in both the civil rights and women's movements.
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