Women's History in the New Millennium: Rethinking Public and Private

TitleWomen's History in the New Millennium: Rethinking Public and Private
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsRupp, Leila J.
JournalJournal of Women's History
Date Published2003

First paragraph: Perhaps no concept has been more influential in the field of women's history than that of the distinction between public and private spheres. We have elaborated exceptions to the assumption that female was to private as male was to public, questioned the boundaries, envisaged them as overlapping, and rejected the dichotomy altogether. Yet can we really do without the concept? This was a question associate editor Birgitte Søland addressed in her classes at Ohio State University, resulting in a favorite Ph.D. examination question for women's history students. Given all the criticism, were the terms still useful, we asked?

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