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Gerda Lerner (1920–2013)

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Gerda Lerner, Robinson-Edwards Professor of History, Emerita, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is also a past president of the Organization of American Historians and a founding member of the National Organization for Women (NOW), as well as one of the creators of Women's History Month

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Lerner, Gerda Hedwig Kronstein
Austria (birth)
USA (naturalization)
Vienna, Austria
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Vienna, Austria
Los Angeles, California, USA
New York, New York, USA
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Columbia University (Ph.D.)
Lerner, Carl (husband)
Merriam, Eve (co-writer)
University of Wisconsin-Madison
National Organization for Women
Communist Party
Priser och utmärkelser
Bruce Catton Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2002)
Kort biografi
Gerda Kronstein was born in Vienna to an affluent Austrian Jewish family. Her father owned a large pharmacy, and her mother, a free spirit at heart, struggled unsuccessfully to reconcile her desire to be an artist with her responsibilities as a wife and mother. This struggle made a marked impression on her daughter. In 1938, after Germany annexed Austria, Gerda went to jail for several weeks for her role in the resistance movement. Her father fled to Liechtenstein, but the Nazis arrested Gerda and her mother to force his return. Five weeks later, after her father paid a major bribe, Gerda and her mother were allowed to leave the country. Gerda made her way to the USA, settling in New York City, where she worked in menial jobs and trained at Sydenham Hospital in Harlem as an X-ray technician. In 1941, she married Carl Lerner, a theater director. The couple moved to Hollywood, where he apprenticed as a film editor. in 1946. Gerda collaborated with poet Eve Merriam on a musical, The Singing of Women. She wrote a novel, No Farewell, which was published in 1955. The Lerners were both Communists and became involved in trade unionism and civil rights. Because of his politics, Gerda's husband found it increasingly hard to find work in Hollywood, so in 1949 the couple returned to New York, where he became a successful film editor, working on movies such as "Twelve Angry Men" and "Requiem for a Heavyweight." In 1964, they collaborated on the film adaptation of the book "Black Like Me." Gerda Lerner returned to school in her 40s, earning a B.A. from the New School for Social Research in 1963, and then an M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her doctoral dissertation became her first nonfiction book, The Grimke Sisters from South Carolina: Rebels Against Slavery (1967). In 1966, Dr. Lerner became a founding member of the National Organization for Women. In 1968 she began teaching history at Sarah Lawrence College. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Dr. Lerner published numerous books and articles that helped further the recognition of women's history as a legitimate field of study. At Sarah Lawrence, Dr. Lerner created the first graduate degree program (master's degree) in women’s history in the USA. In 1980, she moved to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she created the nation's first Ph.D. program in women's history. She retired from the University of Wisconsin and was named professor emerita in 1991. The Lerner-Scott Prize, named in honor of her and Anne Firor Scott, is given annually for the best doctoral dissertation on women’s history in the USA.



Every woman should read this book, or at least the last chapter, which is an excellent summary and call to action for women to rediscover and write their own history.
astorianbooklover | 1 annan recension | Mar 9, 2024 |
Sarah Grimké was a pioneering figure in both the abolitionist and the women's rights movements, preceding and inspiring Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. I read the letters in excerpt, but not all of the other essays in this collection. I quite appreciate her rational style and excellent delivery. She's a little spicy too and I like it. I'm not surprised she did well on the lecture circuit.
It's interesting to hear a biblical defense of gender equality. I've never belonged to a church and my experience with other's biblical explanations has not generally been good.
It is heartening if sometimes sad to hear someone explain many of the same points we still have to assert today. From general humanity and equality of spirit and intellectual capacity, to the falsity of 'protective' patriarchy, to the particulars of imposed speech and behavior patterns, domestic drudgery; the difference between sex and taught gender - she even decries 'thoughts and prayers' in a call to activism.
Though some sections are clearly dated and rely on second-hand reports, it's a worthwhile read and often relevant.
It is always useful to be reminded not to excuse people their misogyny due to their age or the era they came from. Turns out women were people back then, too.
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Kiramke | 1 annan recension | Jun 27, 2023 |
I became interested in Theodore Weld when I learned that he started on his path to prominence as a leading abolitionist in our small village in Central New York. I prepared a paper for the Oneida County Historical Society describing his connections with two other notable reformers of the times coming from this area: Rev. Charles Finney and Rev. George Gale. Weld was an organizer and a mesmerizing orator on mid-century reforms like temperance and the manual labor in education. But, he is most known today as a tireless campaigner for abolition. He was the principal agent of the American Anti-Slavery Society, and collaborated with the leading lights of the movement -- Garrison, Philips, Gerrit Smith, Stuart, the Tappan brothers and others. He perhaps has received lesser historical recognition today because he scrupulously avoid the public limelight, but he was truly a giant in the major reform of the era.

In researching Weld, I learned about the Grimke sisters, Angelina and Sarah, from South Carolina who, having witnessed slavery first hand on their plantation, were so repulsed that they moved north and became active in the movement. These women were far ahead of the times in their public activism. They lectured and wrote extensively. They were subjected to considerable criticism from the public and press, not only because of opposition to abolitionism, but, many respects, because they were women who purposely and aggressively presented themselves openly. When Angelina married Weld, the couple, along with unmarried Sarah, continued to work tirelessly to fight slavery. Their partnership, based on equal respect, was a powerful one that made their advocacy even more influential. Angelina's rejection of the dominate notion that the proper sphere of women reached only to the domestic realm, when, in fact, she could contribute intellectually and practically to politics and social reform, was radical for the times and certainly prescient of today's awareness.

Lerner's biography of the Grimke sister, now over 50 years old, is written from a feminist perspective drawing attention to their pioneering focus on women's rights. The Grimke's brought to light the stultifying impact of legal and social discrimination and massive male hegemony that pervaded attitudes in the 19th century. The author concludes rightly that the sisters' work preceded and set the stage for the emergence of the women's rights movement identified with Cady-Stanton, Stone, Mott and others. The sisters would stand high in the pantheon of abolition leaders, but our estimation of their influence is even greater knowing of their attention to women's rights.

I obtained this book from a used book website. I particularly like the ABE site.
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stevesmits | 3 andra recensioner | Jan 12, 2023 |
Lerner became a PhD historian in her forties and fought for the recognition of women’s history as an important field. These essays detail her accomplishments and some rules of thumb for how to think about recognizing women’s lives and contributions in historical contexts.
rivkat | May 12, 2021 |



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