Who said "well-behaved women rarely make history"?


Laurel Thatcher Ulrich first wrote, "Well-behaved women rarely make history." As of 2014, Ulrich is a historian and professor at Harvard University specializing in the history of women and the history of early America.

"Well-behaved women rarely make history" first appeared in Ulrich's article "Vertuous Women Found: New England Ministerial Literature, 1668-1735," in the spring 1976 issue of the scholarly journal American Quarterly.

Ulrich's 2007 book, "Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History," considers the lives of women from Christine de Pizan to Virginia Woolf, and how they broke with convention to make their own marks on the world.

Her book "A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812" won the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for history and was the basis for the PBS documentary series "American Experience."

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