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I agree, lighten up, Faye. Read your note and tell me what the problem is. You are asking that women be remembered for starving, for building sod houses, for working in factories, and so on and so forth. Nothing there is very extrordinary, I'm afraid. If a history books writes about people starving, then by all means mention that men and women, black and white, old and young, rich and poor (whatever is applicable) starved together. If you are writing about notable events, though, factory workers don't often make the grade, male or female. I'm all for equal treatment and respect, but when a decision is made to focus on female factory workers instead of the Mexican-American war, then the treatment is not fair. Minorities/Women with minor achievements are getting much more attention than major events/important figures (who happen to be male/white) just through overcompensation.