Saber and Scroll


The goal of this essay is to examine a very small portion of women’s contributions not only to history, but historiography as well. It would easily take volumes to cover women’s vast contributions to history, so a select portion will be surveyed. It will offer a background on the achievements of Mary R. Beard, her thoughts on women not only in her time, but in “long history,” and attempt to explain why many contemporary historians continue to write in the tradition of Beard. It will also offer suggestions by both male and female historians on the methods that can be employed to improve the writing, teaching, and way of thinking about the subdiscipline of women’s history.



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