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Independent Women: Work and Community for Single Women, 1850-1920 | Martha Vicinus
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Martha Vicinus's subject is the middle-class English woman, the first of her sex who could afford to live on her own earnings 'outside heterosexual domesticity or church governance.' She wanted and needed to work. Meticulous, resonant, original, triumphant, Independent Women tells of the efforts and endurance of this Victorian woman; of her courage and the constraints that she rejected, accepted, and created. . . . The independent women are the 'foremothers' of any women today who seeks significant work, emotionally satisfying friendships, and a morally charged freedom."from the Foreword by Catharine R. Stimpson "Feminist insight combines with vast research to produce a dramatic narrative. Independent Women chronicles the energetic lives and imaginative communal structures invented by women who 'pioneered new occupations, new living conditions, and new public roles.'"Lee R. Edwards, Ms. "Vicinus is to be congratulated for her brave and unflinching portraits of twisted spinsters as well as stolid saints. That she stretches her net up into the '20s and covers the women's suffrage momement is a brilliant stroke, for one may see clearly how it was possible for women to mount such an enormous and successful political campaign."Jane Marcus, Chicago Tribune Book World "Vicinus' beautifully written book abounds in rich historical detail and in subtle psychological insights in the character of its protagonists. The author understands the complexities of the interplay between economic and social conditions, cultural values, and the aims and aspirations of individual personalities who act in history. . . . A superb achievement."Gerda Lerner, Reviews in American History "Martha Vicinus has with intelligence and energy paved and landscaped the road on which scholars and students of activist women all travel for many years."Blanche Wiesen Cook, Women's Review of Books "Independent Women can be read by anyone with an interest in women's history. But for all contemporary women, unconsciously enjoying privileges and freedoms once bought so dearly, this book should be required reading."Catharine E. Boyd, History
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BarbaraBB Such a great list! So glad to notice We Belong! And Olivia Newton-John! And Tori Amos. And Stevie Nicks… I can continue 😀 3w
batsy Yessss to Tori! Great selection 💜 3w
Cinfhen My phone isn‘t connecting to the playlists for some reason….will try again later but I‘m sure your choices are fabulous 😎 3w
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CBee @BarbaraBB I‘m still so sad that we lost Olivia N-J. What an amazing lady! 3w
CBee @batsy I‘ve loved Tori for years! 3w
vivastory Fantastic selection! A lot of overlap (no surprise after seeing your Manic MOnday selections) 3w
CBee @Cinfhen hope you like 💚 3w
CBee @vivastory coming from you, that‘s a HUGE compliment 😊😊 Thanks! 3w
Cinfhen It‘s pissing me off!!! It‘s happened several times today🤬🤬🤬 3w
CBee @Cinfhen I‘m sorry - that‘s frustrating! Wonder if an iPad would work? Or maybe it‘s a WiFi issue 🤷‍♀️🙁 3w
Reggie Bjork- I love her!!! Possibly Maybe, Bachelorette, and a Hidden Place, and Venus as a Boy are my favorites of hers. 3w
CBee @Reggie she‘s incredible 👏🏻👏🏻 3w
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Wow! Loads of music to discover with this tag #IndependentWoman 😊🎶😌
Here's my offering:


BarbaraBB Could have been my list ?? I looove Beth Gibbons! And Dead Can Dance! And Anthony and the Johnsons! And Kate, Patti, Björk… ? 3w
vivastory Such a wonderful list! 🤘 3w
Bookwomble @BarbaraBB @vivastory Thanks for the 🎶 love 😊 3w
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BarbaraBB Great list! We share some and I love that you thought of Sinead and Florence ❤️ 3w
Suet624 What a great collection of songs/artists. 3w
Chrissyreadit Ohhhhh yes! Great playlist! Just saved and playing now! 3w
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Chrissyreadit I can‘t state enough how much I love this playlist! 3w
IndoorDame @Chrissyreadit @Suet624 Thanks! It was super fun to make! 3w
Chrissyreadit Is there a way to share? It doesn‘t have a copy link and I want to share with my daughter and her girlfriend 3w
TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3w
IndoorDame @Chrissyreadit usually the copy link is under the 3 dots next to the playlist so name, if not try copying the link from this post 3w
Chrissyreadit Dar Williams! ❤️🙌❤️ 3w
Chrissyreadit I don‘t think I‘ve heard The Magdalene Laundries since the 90‘s! 3w
IndoorDame @Chrissyreadit last year I read and started listening to so many of her old songs again. That‘s one they talk about in the interviews. 3w
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Possibilities were endless😎Excited to see all your faves


BarbaraBB Fab list!!! We share some songs and I love (and forgot all about) the Melissa Etheridge one! I used to listen to her all the time in the early 90s 🫶🏽 3w
Cinfhen I can‘t wait to see your list, @BarbaraBB Just FYI the above graphics is missing about 25 songs 😆 3w
jenniferw88 We also share some songs! 😂 3w
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BarbaraBB I am definitely going to listen to it! 3w
TrishB Great choices👍🏻 3w
Cinfhen Nothing makes me happier than a damn good playlist @TrishB @jenniferw88 3w
Deblovestoread Great list! 💜 3w
Cinfhen Where‘s your list @Deblovestoread im waiting!!! 3w
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Janis 💜 Stevie
Alicia Keys💜Pink
Khatia Buniatishvili 💜 Pussy Riot 💜 Payla Bea

Cinfhen My favorite part of these weekends 🤘🏼❤️ 3w
Cinfhen R.E.S.P.E.C.T #MadLove #AllKindsOfFabulous - just found my new favorite playlist 3w
BarbaraBB So cool! My favorite part too 🎶 3w
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TrishB Brilliant choices ♥️ 3w
IndoorDame Such an exciting list! ❤️ I love that Erykah Badu and India Arie are there! I don‘t listen to them enough anymore! 3w
TheBookHippie @Cinfhen ✊🏼♥️🤘🏻 3w
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame Me either! ♥️ 3w
TheBookHippie @TrishB I love music ♥️ 3w
TheBookHippie @BarbaraBB ✊🏼♥️🤘🏻 3w
TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit I know you love a good playlist 🤘🏻♥️ 3w
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#IndependentWomen I admire:
Princess Diana
Greta Thunberg
Jane Fonda
Ann Patchett
Roxane Gay
Mary Oliver

TrishB I knew I‘d end up looking at peoples thinking oh I wish I‘d put her! (edited) 3w
Chelsea.Poole @TrishB same! I‘ve already thought of so many I didn‘t include: Megan Rapinoe and Brandi Carlisle to name two. 3w
BarbaraBB Such good choices 💕 3w
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Cinfhen Yup @TrishB !!! Every list lve seen today!!!! Great picks, Chelsea!!!! 3w
TheBookHippie So many I keep thinking of more!! 3w
sarahbarnes ♥️🔥 3w
TrishB @Cinfhen all hail the amazing women ♥️ 3w
Cinfhen 🙌🏻✨🫶🏼 @TrishB (edited) 3w
bibliothecarivs Your post inspired me to spend my lunch break adding more women to my list of inspirations! 3w
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Chaka Khan ♥️Gloria Steinem ♥️Dorothy Pitman Hughes ♥️Tova Friedman
BIG GRETCH Gretchen Whitmer ♥️My Great Grandma & Grandma ♥️Irena Sendler
Ida B Wells ♥️Jane Addams ♥️Eleanor Roosevelt


TheBookHippie I forgot PUSSY RIOT !!! All of them ✊🏼 3w
TheBookHippie Sooo many more this is just a sampling ♥️✊🏼 3w
IndoorDame YES✊🏼❤️ 3w
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Suet624 ❤️❤️ 3w
TrishB Brilliant ❤️ 3w
BarbaraBB So cool! 3w
Cinfhen I love how you honored your grandmas!!!!! Nachos 3w
TheBookHippie @Cinfhen ♥️♥️♥️♥️Their stories are just 🤯. They made me what I am . 3w
Cinfhen TRUTH 🙌🏻 3w
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The top row are Google images of the unsung women who fought for the rights we have today. The middle right are my stepmom and Grandma who are my foundation. And a few of the youngsters who give me hope that with their advocacy and voices the world may become a better place. Greta Thunberg, Amanda Gorman and X Gonzalez.

#independentwomen #suffragettes #roev.wade #civilrights

JamieArc Great compilation ❤️ 3w
IndoorDame ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
BarbaraBB Love those various generations ❤️ 3w
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Cinfhen Fantastic representation!!! 3w
TrishB Brilliant ♥️ 3w
kspenmoll I love this! ❤️ 3w
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Dame Cicely Saunders was a nurse, social worker, and physician. Most importantly, she was the founder of the modern hospice movement. As a former hospice nurse, I‘m so grateful to her for her vision and for making it a reality. It was about pain control, yes, but also focused on the whole person - all of the facets that make up who we are. Hospice isn‘t a death sentence; instead, it‘s about quality of life. #independentwomen

BarbaraBB Fantastic post and I am so grateful for the existence of hospices. They have meant so much to so many people! 3w
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Cinfhen Thank you for highlighting a woman I was not familiar with but I‘m thrilled to discover!!!! 3w
CBee @BarbaraBB they are so needed and so important! 3w
CBee @Cinfhen very welcome 💚 3w
Reggie Very cool. 3w
CBee @Reggie 💚💚 3w
TrishB Amazing ❤️ 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
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#IndependentWomen #BuddyRead @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen

There are more women I admire than I could possibly name or picture, but included here are: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ida B Wells, Frida Kahlo, Pink, Gloria Steinem, Maya Angelou, Amanda Gorman, and Kathryn Jaliman (a family friend and painter), all who have had an influence on my life.

Cinfhen I love the personal choice of a friend 😍 #WomenRock 3w
AkashaVampie 💜🖤💜🖤 Pink 💜🖤💜🖤 3w
TheBookHippie ♥️✊🏼♥️✊🏼♥️ 3w
BarbaraBB Such a powerful bunch of women. Love it! 3w
TrishB Brilliant ♥️ there are definitely so many. 3w
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#IndependentWomen #BigBuddyRead
Excited to kickoff our weekend celebrating women all over the world who inspire and empower 💪🏼Too many to choose from but here‘s a few I admire 🤩

rockpools That‘s an awesome graphic, Cindy. I really need to read Malala‘s biog. What a powerful quote. 3w
Cinfhen Right @rockpools ?! She‘s a rock star!, 3w
Bookwormjillk I love this! 3w
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Cinfhen Thanks so much @Bookwormjillk 😘 3w
Deblovestoread I love your collage and your choices! 3w
TrishB Brilliant choices 😁♥️ 3w
BarbaraBB Love that collage ❤️❤️ 3w
Bookzombie I love that you included quotes! 3w
Cinfhen Thanks so much @Bookzombie @BarbaraBB @TrishB @Deblovestoread There are SO MANY amazing women to celebrate today mm 3w
Centique Brilliant choices 🙌 3w
Cinfhen Thanks so much @Centique I got your email🫶🏼I love hearing from you 🥰I‘ll write back soon 😘 3w
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In case anyone missed this announcement by @barbarabb earlier today!! Please visit Barbara‘s original post and VOTE on her page for our next #BigBuddyRead #IndendentWomen taking place March 3-5, 2023!!! All are welcome to join 🫶🏼

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'I have a natural gift for community life. It seems to me sane and civilised and economically right. I like to live spaciously but rather plainly, in large halls with great spaces and quiet libraries. I like to wake in the morning with the sense of a great, silent garden round me.'
- Jane Ellen Harrison, who I'd never heard of before. Considered the first modern female academic. Heroine of Virginia Woolf.

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'[Women] will be able to be friends and companions in a way they cannot be now.' (Geraldine Jewsbury to Jane Carlyle, 1849)