Gail Collins is an extraordinary writer. There are many books on the history of American women, but there are none that are as readable or enjoyable as America’s Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines and When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present. Both were written by Ms. Collins.
History can often be perceived as dull, dusty and boring. We all have stories of the textbooks we had to use in college and how impossibly difficult it was to read because the material just put us to sleep. Thankfully and joyfully, Ms. Collins books are not the staid and boring textbooks we had to read in college.
While both books are rather large and not a quick read, they are an easy read. Between both books, she starts with the women who braved the uncertainty of the new world in the 16th and 17th centuries and ends with the gains that American women have achieved in the past few years. Looking back, it’s easy to see the how far we have come.
I recommend both.