today is gerda lerner’s birthday

gerda-lerner-from-wisc.edushe would have been 93, but she died earlier this year. historian, author, teacher, one of the founders of the field of women’s history, she taught what is considered to be the first women’s history course in the world at the new school for social research in 1963. born gerda kronstein in vienna in 1920, jewish, she escaped the nazis and immigrated to the USA in 1939 and married author and playwright carl lerner. image from wisc.edu.

so today [2013-04-30] i went to the library and looked for a book by lerner. nothing. how about an essay in an anthology, or any feminist anthology? nothing. i found her mentioned in an index. so i ordered anything by her (or by vandana shiva) through interlibrary loan, but i found wtrwriting the revolution by michele landsberg. decades ago i read her women and children first. now i read the intro while waiting for sue. i took it out and we went to grounded coffee where we had a coffee with lj and chatted with scott.

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