“On the one hand, I do want more incorporative histories that, like Rockman’s, are attentive to gender as they include women among their historical subjects and therefore build on the promise of women’s history to reshape the historical narrative. But, on the other hand, I also agree with Lerner that we still need more women-centered social, eco- nomic, and political histories, especially ones, like Hartigan-O’Conner and Sharon Block’s on coercive sex, that are attentive to other forms of differ- ence as they incorporate a diverse array of female historical subjects.”
Jennifer M. Spear, “The Distant Past of North American Women’s History,” Journal of Women’s History 16, no. 4 (2004): 41-49.
Image Credit: Portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray. In Christine Kenyon Jones, “Ambiguous Cousinship: Mansfield Park and the Mansfield Family.” Persuasions Online 31, no. 1 (Winter 2010).