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Guest editorial celebrates historical achievements of women

History prof Sharon Bailey Glasco says that until recently, history books overlooked the accomplishments of women.

But for every woman who blazed a trail, there are thousands who lived ordinary lives, she wrote in a guest column in the McMinnville News-Register. Their experiences are valuable in understanding the complex tapestry of the past.

It is even more difficult to find their voices because they didn’t hold positions of power or privilege in the societies where they lived, says Glasco, who teaches Latin American and world history. In the past four decades, historians have begun to search for those voices.

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, “let us remember to write women back into history,” she says.

Glasco’s book, Constructing Mexico City: Colonial Conflicts over Culture, Space and Authority, will be published this summer.

Editorial in the News-Register

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