From Neglect to Prominence and to Integration
For a long period, a small number of women were active in the Mississippi Valley Historical Association but there were no papers on women at the annual meetings and only two articles on women in the Mississippi Valley Historical Review, one of them by a man. This situation prevailed until the eve of the 1970s. Reflecting the rising influence of the feminist movement, the Journal of American History began to publish articles and the annual meeting began to offer papers on women, most of them written by women. By the 1980s, the Journal of American History left no doubt that the historical profession had changed, and by the 1990s, articles on women gave way to ones on gender and the history of women moved into the mainstream. This chapter concludes that now, women's history “has fulfilled its promise of fostering a history of “all the people,”” and the Organization of American Historians has “fully participated in this process”.
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