ABSTRACT: Until the middle of the 20th century the history of one half of the human experience, Women’s History, had been largely ignored so uncovering it required innovative methods and an interdisciplinary approach which led historiography to new ways of encountering the past and empowered changes in American society. With inspired tenacity historians, mostly women, located primary sources, filled in gaps by analyzing data and untangled the effects on women in traditional periods of history. The result was an enviable scholarship and greater societal equality. Women’s history, however, was criticized by some for over-reaching with quantitative analysis and “unpatriotic” revisionism while others argued their subjects were too narrowly focused.
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