Virginia Drachman is rewriting the history of US business to include women entrepreneurs from 1750 to 2000. Drachman, a professor at Tufts University, is the author of Sisters in Law: Women Lawyers in Modern American History (Harvard University Press, 1998). Her 1993 work, Women Lawyers and the Origins of Professional Identity in America (University of Michigan Press), received nominations for the Willard Hurst Prize of the Law and Society Association and the Berkshire Conference of Women’s Historians’ Book Prize.
Drachman will work on the project “Enterprising Women: The Business Women of America, 1750–2000” during her fellowship year. In “Enterprising Women,” Drachman will redefine business enterprise in the United States to include the history of women in business from colonial times to the present.
Drachman received her PhD in history from SUNY Buffalo. She has received numerous honors and distinctions, including a Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship. In addition, she was a Schlesinger Library Visiting Scholar in 1988–89, 1994–95, and 1999. She was also a Bunting Fellow in 1978–79 and a Murray Research Center Visiting Scholar in 1982–83 and 1985–86.