They Called Us Girls
Stories of Female Ambition from Suffrage to Mad Men

“The book is tightly written and broadly illuminating.”

Sven Birkerts, author of Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age

“Stone has woven together the women’s stories with her own to craft a captivating and inspiring narrative.”

Virginia G. Drachman, Tufts University

“The stories it tells so deftly should continue to inspire us today. “

Louis Menand, author of The Free World and Pulitzer Prize-winning The Metaphysical Club

“. . . riveting and inspiring. . . this is an important book.”

Claire Messud, author of The Emperor’s Children and The Woman Upstairs

“Kathleen Courtenay Stone has crafted an important and engaging book that should be required reading for every young woman.”

Lisa Napoli, author of Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR

They Called Us Girls is a collective biography of seven women who aspired to professional jobs in the mid-twentieth century. It was an era when women were expected to find fulfillment at home, in the mold of television’s June Cleaver. But these women broke the mold, defying expectations to succeed in jobs reserved almost exclusively for men – as doctor, lawyer, artist, physicist, executive director and intelligence officer.


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