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Thayer Lecture features Author of Popular Phrase,

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich to speak on March 22

3/3/2006 11:31:24 AM


LYNCHBURG — Ever wondered where the well-known phrase, “Well-behaved women seldom make history” came from? Now you have a chance to find out. The author of the phrase, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, will lecture on this same topic as Randolph-Macon Woman’s College’s 2006 Thayer Lecture.

Ulrich is a Harvard College Professor and winner of the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for History . The free lecture will be held on March 22 at 4:30 p.m. in Smith Hall Theatre and is open to the public.

Ulrich is the author of several distinguished books in early American women’s history including Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Early New England, 1650-1750, The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Making of an American Myth,and A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812, which won the Pulitzer Prize for History and became the basis of a PBS documentary. Her major fields of interest are early American social history, women's history, and material culture.

The phrase, “Well-behaved women rarely make history,” was coined by Ulrich in an article she wrote as a graduate student. It is can now be found on bumper stickers, coffee mugs, and t-shirts throughout the country.

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