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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,301 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gail Collins Narrator: Jane Alexander Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2004 ISBN:
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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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 2/16/2014

    " I do not usually like to read books which are not novels, but I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 2/9/2014

    " This was fantastic. Collins covers famous women and ordinary women. She describes all of the amazing accomplishments that American women have made, but she also takes special care to describe what an average day would be like for a woman of each time. Her writing style is very engaging and she made this history into a page-turner. I highly recommend this book and I may end up buying it as a gift for various family and friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 2/5/2014

    " Interesting historical information presented in a very readable format. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jen8998 | 1/31/2014

    " Very interesting survey of women in America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marty Stockton | 1/21/2014

    " A slow read. Best if broken up by an occasional chapter. Really interesting, though... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johanna | 12/21/2013

    " This book was fascinating. I learned all kinds of new things - like what women in the 1700's did about menstruation. I love this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 12/12/2013

    " A great read. What it lacks in detail, it more than makes up for in breadth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 12/6/2013

    " totally accessible history of women in U.S. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 11/13/2013

    " Loved this book. She writes the history of women in the US in a very readable, interesting way. Much of what women have been expected to endure I found shocking. We have definitely come a long way, though the journey is far from over... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 10/19/2013

    " I have used this book when I have taught Women's Studies in the past - I absolutely love it. Every time I pick it up I am fascinated by the hidden history and mystery of women just like myself, living their lives and making miracles happen... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsea | 7/12/2013

    " Completely engrossing. This is the side of American history we didn't get in high school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Postmus | 6/6/2013

    " Really loved the history (except the modern era's women for some reason) and thougt it was well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 2/14/2013

    " Terrific book -- tons of absolutely fascinating stuff in it -- I need to read it again "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elina | 11/10/2012

    " Very engaging in-depth history lesson. Incredible breadth covered. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie T | 9/15/2012

    " What an incredible book. Well read and fascinating story of women and their role in America from Jamestown until today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 7/20/2012

    " An excellent history of the lives of American women. It's informative, detailed, and readable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Burgess | 1/27/2012

    " This reads like a history book in many ways, but includes a lot of interesting stuff that history books leave out. I learned a lot reading this book...and made me SO thankful that I am a woman born in the 20th century. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Staciarj | 9/5/2011

    " This was a great book. While I would have liked more on the 60's and beyond and a little less on World War II, it was great to have a book summarizing Women's History in this country. Especially interesting is everything prior to the 20th century. A great read!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 8/27/2011

    " Like this one, brought to my attention a lot of strong women who deserve more attention in the history books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 5/27/2011

    " Gail makes me a better woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 5/21/2011

    " Someone lent this to me. I could have sworn it was my mother, but she is rather certain it was not her. Anyway . . .

    An immensely interesting and highly readable book. You will breeze through it. I need to read the sequel! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aarti | 5/3/2011

    " This was so, so good! Definitely want to read the sequel, When Everything Changed, ASAP. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bath Book Shop | 4/30/2011

    " An enjoyable and fact-laden trip through a whole lot of history.

    Collins clearly reveled in her subject, and her enthusiasm and passion came through. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and learned something in the process. What more could you ask for when it comes to a history book? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi | 4/18/2011

    " Wonderful book! Very informative and interesting, coming from someone who has little desire in history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheryl | 4/18/2011

    " A fascinating account of the ups and downs of women's rights, privileges and contributions from colonial times. I found it most interesting that women tended to have the most freedom in times of crisis or hardship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/2/2011

    " This was a really good history book. It kept my attention, but it wasn't a page turner (that's to be expected. It is a history book). I felt like I learned a lot and was introduced to parts of American history that I had never thought about before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri | 3/12/2011

    " A run through women's history in the United States since the first arrivals. Interesting information, which has created a need for me to investigate further. A great starting point for an overall view of early women's history in the U.S. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jen8998 | 3/8/2011

    " Very interesting survey of women in America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 1/21/2011

    " Interesting historical information presented in a very readable format. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonya | 1/15/2011

    " A good overview without great detail with some sweeping generalizations "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 10/15/2010

    " I do not usually like to read books which are not novels, but I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katierogers | 8/31/2010

    " Another great book about the history of women's rights by Gail Collins, my favorite New York Times columnist "

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About the Author
Author Gail Collins

Gail Collins was the editorial page editor for the New York Times between 2001 and 2007—the first woman to hold that position. She currently writes a column for the Time’s op-ed page twice weekly.