When the first edition of this groundbreaking survey of U.S. women s history first appeared in 1986, no one could have predicted its spectacular success and widespread support or the vast proliferation of women s history courses in the nation s high schools, colleges, and universities.
Informed by the generous feedback of many of Inventing" s loyal users student readers and instructors from every region of the nation the fourth edition of Glenda Riley s dynamic text remains the most inclusive, accessible, and affordable choice as a core text for the Women s History course, as well as useful supplementary reading for courses in Women s Studies and the U.S. survey.
Completely up to date, with expanded coverage of women in the military, sports, women s healthcare, divorce, and women of color especially Spanish-speaking, American Indian, African American, and Asian American women this well-balanced, interpretive account portrays the myriad of women s experiences as they shaped and were shaped by American history, and redounds as a remarkable feat of insight and inclusion. As always, each volume features a stunning photographic essay, a visual account from the colonial era to the present.
Glenda Riley is Alexander M. Bracken Professor of HistoryEmeritus at Ball State University. Formerly, she was professor ofhistory and director of the Women s Studies Program at theUniversity of Northern Iowa. Professor Riley has also served asvisiting endowed professor at University College, Dublin; MarquetteUniversity; and Mesa State College, In addition to authoring foureditions of Inventing the American Women, Professor Riley haswritten The Life and Legacy of Annie Oakley (1994), A Place toGrow: Women in the American West (1992), Divorce: An AmericanTradition (1991), The Female Frontier: A Comparative View of Womenon the Prairie and Plains (1988), Women and Indians on theFrontier, 1825-1915 (1984), Frontierswomen: The Iowa Experience(1981; 2d ed., 1994), Women and Nature: Saving the Wild West (1999), Taking Land, Breaking Land: WomenColonizing the American West and Kenya, 1840-1940 (2003), andConfronting Race: Women and Indians on the Frontier, 1815-1915(2004), as ell as numerous published articles, reviews, andchapters in edited volumes. Professor Riley now lives on a horseranch in historic Lincoln County, New Mexico, and is a member ofsuch organizations as the Lincoln County Historical Society and theLincoln County Sheriff s Posse.