In Our Own Words: Writings from Women by Mary  Crawford, Rhoda  Unger
324 pages, $44.95 list
1-57766-490-6
978-1-57766-490-1
In Our Own Words
Writings from Women
Second Edition
In Our Own Words is a collection of 42 real-life narratives from women, drawing on the richness and diversity of women’s own voices as they tell about their lives. Representing many divergent viewpoints and experiences, and with an emphasis on ethnic, cultural, and age diversity, this well-balanced collection encourages discussion and debate, promoting critical thinking about women and gender by depicting the variety of women’s experience.
Reviews
“My students are enjoying readings from this text. We have used them to prompt small-group discussion. The chapters are tremendously well-written and the first-person narratives are accessible to college students of all levels.” — Lauren Herlihy, University of Connecticut
Table of Contents
Part I. MAKING OUR VOICES HEARD
Introduction
Mary Whiton Calkins (1863–1930) Fourteenth President of the American Psychological Association (Laurel Furumoto)
Emmy Noether: She Did Einstein's Math (Mary Crawford)
A Word and a Kindness: The Journey of a Black Social Worker (Rosario Ceballo)
Claiming the Right to Know: A Personal History (Mary Crawford)
Making a Feminist: A Personal History (Rhoda Unger)
Women's Studies: A Struggle for a Better Life (Noemi Alindogan-Medina)
A Question of Class (Dorothy Allison)
She Learns to Shout (Phoebe Eng)

Part II. THE MAKING OF A WOMAN: Bodies, Power, and Society
Introduction
The Story of My Body (Judith Ortiz Cofer)
When I Was Growing Up (Nellie Wong)
My Left Hand (Ann Rex)
"Opening" Faces: The Politics of Cosmetic Surgery and Asian American Women (Eugenia Kaw)
I'm Not Fat, I'm Latina (Christy Haubegger)
Illness and Imagery: Feminist Cognition, Socialization, and Gender Identity (Nancy Datan)
The Other Body: Reflections on Difference, Disability, and Identity Politics (Ynestra King)
The Space Crone (Ursula K. Le Guin)
A Vindication of the Rights of Cunt (Jayne Air)
Celina's Commitment (Celina Hex)

Part III. MAKING MEANING
Introduction
The "Rape" of Mr. Smith (Anonymous)
If Men Could Menstruate— (Gloria Steinem)
Feminist Theory and Standardized Testing (Phyllis Teitelbaum)
Are We Having Sex Yet? (Greta Christina)
Coping with Rape: Critical Perspectives on Consciousness (Michelle Fine)
Invisibility Is an Unnatural Disaster: Reflections of an Asian American Woman (Mitsuye Yamada)
The Gender Trap (Sherry Gorelick)
One Good Mother to Another (Minnie Bruce Pratt)
The Hard Part (Kate Bornstein)
Which Outlaws? Or, Who Was That Masked Man? (Kate Bornstein)
Virtual Identity (Mocha Jean Herrup)

Part IV. MAKING A LIVING: WOMEN, WORK, AND ACHIEVEMENT
Introduction
Life in the Factory (Marie M. B. Racine)
Ladies on the Line: Punjabi Cannery Workers in Central California (Marcelle Williams)
"With Respect and Feelings": Voices of West Indian Child Care and Domestic Workers in New York City (Shellee Colen)
Two Careers, Three Kids, and Her 2,000-Mile Commute (Mary Crawford)
A Daughter's Story (Jo Ellen Brainin-Rodriguez)
An Academic Woman as a Token: A Case Study (Janice D. Yoder)

Part V. MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Introduction
Imagine My Surprise (Ellen Neuborne)
Confronting Ageism: A MUST for Mental Health (Shevy Healey)
Public Talk about 'Private Parts' (Virginia Braun in Conversation with Eve Ensler)
HUES Magazine: The Making of a Movement (Tali Edut, with Dyann Logwood and Ophira Edut)
A Parent's Story (Vicki Crompton)
Rufina Amaya: Survivor of El Mozote (Marigold Best and Pamela Hussey)
Widows Fight for Dignity and Unity (Margaret Hooks in Conversation with "Manuela")