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Mere Equals: The Paradox of Educated Women in the Early American Republic

Lucia McMahon


This book narrates a story about how a generation of young women who enjoyed access to new educational opportunities made sense of their individual and social identities in an American nation marked by stark political inequality between the sexes. The book reviews educated women's experiences with particular life stages and relationship arcs: friendship, family, courtship, marriage, and motherhood. In their personal and social relationships, educated women attempted to live as the “mere equals” of men. Their often frustrated efforts reveal how early national Americans grappled with the competi ... More

Keywords: American women, political inequality, sexual inequality, friendship, family, courtship, marriage, motherhood, educated women, intellectual equality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450525
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450525.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lucia McMahon, author
Associate Professor of History, William Paterson University