About the book:
America's founding fathers established an idealistic framework for a bold experiment in democratic governance. The new nation would be built on the belief that all men are created equal, and are endowed … with a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The challenge of turning these ideals into reality for all citizens was taken up by a set of exceptional American women.
Distinguished scholar and civic leader Gaudiani calls these women social entrepreneurs, arguing that they brought the same drive and strategic intent to their pursuit of the greater good that their male counterparts applied to building the nation's capital markets throughout the nineteenth century. Gaudiani and Burnett tell the stories of these patriotic women, and their creation of America's unique not-for-profit, or social profit sector. She concludes that the idealism and optimism inherent in this work provided an important asset to the increasing prosperity of the nation from its founding to the Second World War. Social entrepreneurs have defined a system of governance by the people, and they remain our best hope for continued moral leadership in the world.
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About the authors:
For more information about Gaudiani and “Daughters of the Declaration” and her other books visit www.ClaireGaudiani.com.
David Graham Burnett, PhD, is Claire’s husband of 43 years as well as her partner in Gaudiani Associates. Burnett is a continuing educator who has held senior administrative positions at Indiana University and the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the research division of Pfizer, Inc. in 1988 as director of human resources. In 1999, he became head of the Pfizer Research University, responsible for the management and dissemination of proprietary scientific knowledge across the research division. He retired in 2004, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Graduate School of New York University. He is a graduate of Princeton and Indiana universities.