Daughters of the Declaration

Daughters of the Declaration

How Women Social Entrepreneurs Built the American Dream
November 2011
Hardcover · 352 Pages
$26.99 U.S. · $31.50 CAN · £17.99 U.K. · €19.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781610390316


Kirkus, August 11

“An interesting sidelight on the transformation of laissez-faire capitalism and the shaping of markets toward more ethical behavior.”

Publishers Weekly, September 15, 2011

“The examples of strong women who were agents of change for their fellow citizens are edifying and inspirational.”



“[Gaudiani and Burnett] have a broader purpose in examining the work of generations of American women activists…Their subjects are, the authors urge, “social entrepreneurs” who brought to the issues they championed the same optimism, idealism, and determination—and the same strategic planning, tactical flexibility, and operational creativity—that for-profit entrepreneurs applied to their fledgling industries. In the process…these women developed a vibrant “social profit” sector, which continues to demand that American society reconsider, in each generation, whether it is living up to the values embodied in the Declaration of Independence.”


New City Chicago

“Worthy and eye-opening…Daughters of the Declaration is a real American saga.”  


“Academicians Gaudiani and Burnett note that learning just about entrepreneurs such as Rockefeller and Carnegie provides only a partial understanding of the development of the US, which grew as a nation because of female social entrepreneurs like the ones discussed herein, who worked to improve society and the lives of citizens. This book would make excellent reading for courses in US history, women's history, or public health. Exhaustive footnotes, complete bibliography, and a comprehensive index….Highly recommended.”