• America's Women

  • 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines (Unabridged Selections)
  • By: Gail Collins
  • Narrated by: Jane Alexander
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 01-23-04
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (101 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

America's Women tells the story of more than four centuries of history. It features a stunning array of personalities, from the women peering worriedly over the side of the Mayflower to feminists having a grand old time protesting beauty pageants and bridal fairs. Courageous, silly, funny, and heartbreaking, these women shaped the nation and our vision of what it means to be female in America. Told chronologically through the compelling stories of individual lives that, linked together, provide a complete picture of the American woman's experience, America's Women is both a great read and a landmark work of history.
©2003 Gail Collins (P)2003 HarperCollinsPublishers
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Critic Reviews

"Collins...not only expertly chronicles what women have done since arriving in the New World, but how they did it and why. Creating a compelling social history...Collins's work is a fully accessible, and thoroughly enjoyable, primer of how American women have not only survived but thrived." (Publishers Weekly)
"In a vibrant history...as vast and varied as the nation itself, Collins elegantly and eruditely celebrates...a captivating array of influential women." (Booklist)
"Jane Alexander reads this all-encompassing history of American women with just the right amount of humor, indignation, wonder, and disbelief....Alexander is a good match for Collins's style, lending an even pace, great warmth, and a slightly scholarly voice to the history." (AudioFile)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Dirk Williams on 04-02-12

Not all there

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I bought this book to go along with the print version that I have for a Women’s History class that I was taking but it is only about half the book. All most every chapter is missing at least half the content compared to the print version. I would not recommend this just buy the printed one you miss to many stories.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Pamela on 04-18-04

Slow going but interesting

The subject matter is interesting to me, but I found it slow to hook the reader. I am learning a tremendous amount and enjoy it each time I listen, but I am not longing for the opportunity to keep my headphones in an extra 10 minutes as I am with some of my other choices. So much of this early history of women in America is relevant and I wish more of it would have made it into the history books I read as a teenager. I am sticking with this book because I think it is worth it.

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