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Federal statistics have been hiding and distorting women's history since the first Census in 1790, when only the male "head of the household" was listed by name. Robert Lopresti's book traces the development of data on population, employment, crime, health, and many other topics, showing how often the statistics which have shaped our view of American women have been based on false assumptions, or simply wrong. Readers will learn why a report on farm wages ended by angrily denying that farm life drives women insane, why department store owners preferred ex-prostitutes as managers, and why the number of women-owned businesses appeared to suddenly drop by 20 percent in 1997. Whenwomendidntcount.com
Robert Lopresti has been a librarian for forty years, the last thirty at Western Washington University in Bellingham. He is also an award-winning author of crime fiction whose work has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories. His recent book GREENFELLAS is a comic novel about Mafiosi trying to save the environment. His most recent scholarly article explained how overdue library books caused the Civil War.
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