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Separated by Their Sex: Women in Public and Private in the Colonial Atlantic World

Mary Beth Norton


This book offers a bold genealogy that shows how gender came to determine the right of access to the Anglo-American public sphere by the middle of the eighteenth century. Earlier, high-status men and women alike had been recognized as appropriate political actors. By contrast, when the first ordinary English women to claim a political voice directed group petitions to Parliament during the Civil War of the 1640s, men relentlessly criticized and parodied their efforts. Even so, as late as 1690, Anglo-American women's political interests and opinions were publicly acknowledged. The book traces t ... More

Keywords: gender, women, politics, American women, colonial women, public sphere, English women, political voice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449499
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449499.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Beth Norton, author
Cornell University