Daughters of the Declaration: How Women Social Entrepreneurs Built the American Dream (Hardcover)
How Women Social Entrepreneurs Built the American Dream
PublicAffairs, 9781610390316, 352pp.
Publication Date: November 8, 2011
Distinguished scholar and civic leader Claire Gaudiani calls these women "social entrepreneurs," arguing that they brought the same drive and strategic intent to their pursuit of "the greater good" that their male counterparts applied to building the nation's capital markets throughout the nineteenth century. Gaudiani tells the stories of these patriotic women, and their creation of America's unique not-for-profit, or "social profit" sector. She concludes that the idealism and optimism inherent in this work provided an important asset to the increasing prosperity of the nation from its founding to the Second World War. Social entrepreneurs have defined a system of governance "by the people," and they remain our best hope for continued moral leadership in the world.
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Praise For Daughters of the Declaration: How Women Social Entrepreneurs Built the American Dream…
Kirkus, August 11
“An interesting sidelight on the transformation of laissez-faire capitalism and the shaping of markets toward more ethical behavior.”
“Academicians Gaudiani and Burnett note that learning just about entrepreneurs such as Rockefeller and Carnegie provides only a partial understanding of the development of the US, which grew as a nation because of female social entrepreneurs like the ones discussed herein, who worked to improve society and the lives of citizens. This book would make excellent reading for courses in US history, women's history, or public health. Exhaustive footnotes, complete bibliography, and a comprehensive index….Highly recommended.”