This anthology of traditional and contemporary songs is the first major collection to tie women’s songs to their culture and history. It contains 100 songs with words and music, including some previously unpublished works like “One-Hour Mama” and “I Want To Be a Real Cowboy Girl.” The songs are organized into seven categories: love, contemporary social issues, children and growing up, outstanding women, and women’s personal struggles toward liberation and self-awareness. Most of these are folk songs in the truest sense and have a universal appeal in their significance to women. They are fun to sing as well as easy to learn and remember. They affirm an entire genre of songs for and about women — a vital ingredient of Americana.
More than fifty photographs , a discography, a bibliography, and indexes are included. The book is a large format (8.5″ x 11″) paperbound book, with 313 pages.
ABOUT THE EDITORS:
Hilda E. Wenner plays piano, guitar, old-time banjo, mountain dulcimer and autoharp. Since the 1970s, she has performed and taught American folk music. She often presents programs based on the music in this book. She is also a former teacher in English and American History.
Elizabeth Freilicher is a published poet and prize-winning writer and director of children’s radio drama for WNYE, the New York City Board of Education radio station. She has taught English and speech, written articles for <i>New Directions for Women</i>, and has written a historical novel.