Mary Patrice Erdmans

Mary Patrice Erdmans is an associate professor of sociology at Central Connecticut State University. She is the author of Opposite Poles: Immigrants and Ethnics in Polish Chicago, 1976-1990, winner of the Oskar Halecki Award from the Polish American Historical Association

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Winner of the 2005 Oskar Halecki Prize

Honorable Mention, Association for Humanist Sociology Book Awards

The Grasinski Girls · The Choices They Had and the Choices They Made
By Mary Patrice Erdmans

The Grasinski Girls were working-class Americans of Polish descent, born in the 1920s and 1930s, who created lives typical of women in their day. They went to high school, married, and had children. For the most part, they stayed home to raise their children. And they were happy doing that. They took care of their appearance and their husbands, who took care of them.

“Sociologist Mary Patrice Erdmans wrote a book which is gutsy, honest, innovative, and controversial…. The Grasinski Girls is a riveting read, highly recommended to scholars and the broader reading public alike.”

Journal of Social History