Enterprising Women


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Discussing the SYFY Channel's Battlestar Galactica series with one of my sociology professors, he recommended ENTERPRISING WOMEN about the growth of fandom. I went to the university library and found it ... and four others. I would like to find a reason to write a paper called "Enterprising Women" with just these five as the bibliography.

  • 1976. Bird, Caroline. Enterprising Women. New York: The New American Library, Inc. (From Mary Katherine Goddard, who printed the official distribution of the Declaration of Independence, to Katharane Graham, publisher of the Washington Post, over 48 biographies.)
  • 1992. Bacon-Smith, Camille. Enterprising Women: Television Fandom and the Creation of Popular Myth. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. (Sociology of fandom, the people, media, community and identity, including a glossary, training new members, fan fiction, fanzines and fan arts. A “Mary Sue” is a character who is defined (and limited) by her gender and that definition actually fits Captain James T. Kirk.)
  • 1994. Silver. A David. Enterprising Women: Lessons from 100 of the Greatest Entrepreneurs of Our Day. New York: American Enterprise Press. Profiles of Mary Kay Ash (of course), but also, Kay Klopovitz (USA Cable Network), Elizabeth R. Coker (Minco Technology Labs), Jean Hails (Hails Construction) and 95 others.)
  • 2002. Drachman, Virginia. Enterprising Women: 250 Years of American Business. Chapel Hill and London: The University of North Carolina Press. (Rebecca Lukens of the Brandywine Iron Works and Nail Factory Company, Maggie Lena Walker, first American woman bank president, among many others.)
  • 2003. Robinson, Jane. Women Out of Bounds: The Secret History of Enterprising Women. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers. (From cutpurses and pirates to auctioneers and chemists, women masquerading as soldiers and Caroline Herschel working openly as an astronomer, from the middle ages to the 19th century.)
  • 2009. Osirim, Mary Johnson. Enterprising Women in Urban Zimbabwe: Gender, Microbusiness, and Globalization. Washington DC: Woodrow Wilson Center Press. (Close inspection of a complex and difficult social context: businesswomen in a traditional, post-colonial society suffering from long-term economic collapse.)

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This even has scans from the National Archives. So pretty cool stuff.


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