Foreword by ProQuest


The study of women's clubs, a group previously disdained as frivolous - too feminine - to be the topic of serious scholarship, led scholars to expand their definitions of politics and to declare that the division between the private and public cannot be easily drawn; in brief, work on organized women served as an important agent in transforming the meanings and methods of women's history.2 Like Karen Blair, we wondered how scholarship on clubwomen in the twenty-first century had changed.

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