From The Editor

Susan Weidman Schneider on sanitizing women’s stories.

I’ve just come from a family reunion with kin whose ages range from 8 months to 98 years. While the connections were pure pleasure, still I’m left uneasy — forced to revise some longstanding assumptions. A small but telling example: In one of those interstitial conversations that work their way into reunions, I learned that in 1904 my Aunt Ann, oldest child of seven and responsible daughter to her widowed father, declined when her father encouraged her to go to university. “I was having too much fun!” she told her granddaughter decades later.

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