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Tom Smart, Deseret News
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich lectures as part of the Church History Museum lecture series on Friday, May 21, 2010, in Salt Lake City.

SALT LAKE CITY — Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Pulitzer Prize-winning Harvard history professor and author, will speak at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library on Thursday, March 10, at 7 p.m.

Ulrich, author of “Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History” and several other books, will speak on “Beyond Letters and Diaries: Unexpected Sources in Women’s History.”

When Ulrich first coined the phrase “Well-behaved women seldom make history” in a 1976 scholarly article, the phrase went viral, and it can still be found today on T-shirts, mugs and bumper stickers. In 2007 Ulrich went on to pen “Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History,” which examines the ways in which women shaped history, citing examples from the lives of Rosa Parks, Christine de Pizan, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman and Virginia Woolf.

Born in Idaho and educated at the University of Utah, Simmons College and the University of New Hampshire, Ulrich received the 1991 Pulitzer Prize in history for her work on “A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785–1812.” This book examines the life of midwife Martha Ballard, who practiced in northern New England. The book became a landmark piece in women’s labor history and was later adapted for a documentary film in the PBS “American Experience” series.

Ulrich is currently working on the book “A House Full of Females: Mormon Diaries: 1835-1870,” to be published by Alfred A. Knopf in January 2017.