"It is good to hear the voices of American women who would not be silenced." --UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL

"Women's rights have not always been preserved or protected, but fortunately their words have been. Cullen-DuPont... celebrates this prescience in a reverent compilation.... Nearly 100 women speak through these pages...Their voices are strong and compelling....From Amelia Earhart to Eileen Collins, the first woman space shuttle pilot, freed slave Soujourner Truth to early civil rights activist Anne Moody, Cullen-DuPont honors women motivated by an unfading dream, whether to preach a sermon, persue an education or vote one's conscience. Humanity is forever in their debt."

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American Women Activists' Writings: An Anthology,

Kathryn Cullen-DuPont, Editor

From the Introduction:

America's women activists have striven bravely and tirelessly to affect the course of American history and the welfare of those whose days, in the end, comprise that history. They labored at times with the barest of tools, with hands that were sometimes deemed the property of others and with voices that were counted at no polling booth. Working to win justice and rights for themselves--rights to their own person, to education, to suffrage--they worked simultaneously for the benefit of others. They have been the valiant champions of our wounded soldiers, our child laborers, our urban poor, and other of our distressed communities. Their story, as told in their letters, memoirs, diaries, and speeches, is as wide and varied as America itself....

While I have tried to present the varied viewpoints and wide impact of American women activists, I have not intended this anthology simply as a collection of position papers. Rather, I have intended it as a collection of private reflections upon public action: an exploration of how the difficult choice was made, what in childhood or later life propelled one to action, an occasional tallying of the costs and sacrifices. Thus, I have not excerpted from any of Helen Keller's fund-raising speeches, but from a section of her autobiography that illustrates just what it is to overcome a handicap to succeed in college; not from Gloria Steinem's editorials at Ms. magazine, but from an essay in appreciation of her mother's life; not from Betty Friedan's Feminine Mystique, but from her autobiographical account of its writing; and not from any of Merle Woo's essays or lectures, but from her "Letter to Ma." I hope the reader will be inspired by the example of these women, as I have been. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to spend the last few years in the company of their words.

Copyright 2002 Kathryn Cullen-DuPont

Queen Liliuoklani of Hawaii. Illustration from American Women Activists' Writings, courtesy Library of Congress.

My Works

My Works

A global and historical examination of women's role in religion and religion's role in women's lives
An examination and analysis of this modern form of slavery
An anthology of women's voices
The most recent edition of this award-winning encyclopedia
Four centuries of women's legal history in America in one volume
The compelling story of women's struggle to win the vote
An award-winning biography for young adult readers
With an introduction by Kathryn Cullen-DuPont
Contributor to:
Two hundred trials, from the Salem Witchcraft trials to Rodney King; Kathryn Cullen-DuPont, contributing author
The award-winning CD-ROM project; Kathryn Cullen-DuPont, advisory board member and contributing author