Sarah Gold McBride

About Sarah

Sarah Gold McBride is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation examines the social meanings of hair in the United States during the nineteenth century. The best time she ever talked to the media about her research was when she had to balance her laptop on top of a dumpster behind an archive in order to Skype with a BBC reporter.

One of the most important arguments of women’s history is that womanhood is historical. Ideas about who is a woman, what kinds of things are considered “feminine,” and the ways in which women are supposed to act, look, and think — these aren’t biological truths and they aren’t static over time. Beliefs and practices are… MORE