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Susan Ware


A pioneer in the field of women’s history and a leading feminist biographer, Susan Ware is the author and editor of numerous books on twentieth-century U.S. history. Educated at Wellesley College and Harvard University, she has taught at New York University and Harvard, where she served as editor of the biographical dictionary Notable American Women: Completing the Twentieth Century (2004). Since 2012, she has served as the general editor of the American National Biography, published by Oxford University Press under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies. Ware has long been associated with the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and is currently writing a book of suffrage stories inspired by its collections.


Susan Ware, author

Credit: Tony Rinaldo

"Ware is an appealing writer and the Earhart she describes is an extremely likable person…. Ware demonstrates a keen sense of period and demonstrates, as well, that Earhart and her generation belong to another American tradition besides feminism –
the tradition of optimism."
The New Yorker