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Jone Johnson Lewis

Gerda Lerner, Women's History Pioneer: 1920 - 2013

By January 4, 2013

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"What we do about history matters. The often repeated saying that those who forget the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them has a lot of truth in it. But what are 'the lessons of history'? The very attempt at definition furnishes ground for new conflicts. History is not a recipe book; past events are never replicated in the present in quite the same way. Historical events are infinitely variable and their interpretations are a constantly shifting process. There are no certainties to be found in the past." - Gerda Lerner

Gerda Lerner, whose work helped make "women's history" a legitimate focus for serious academic study, died on January 2 in Wisconsin at age 92. Read a few of her choice words about women's history and other topics:

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