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When everything changed : the amazing journey of American women, from 1960 to th
Gail Collins
Adult Nonfiction HQ1421 .C64 2009

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From Publishers' Weekly:

You've come a long way, baby: that's Collins's conclusion about American women, who once lacked the right to publicly wear pants and now take their place on the presidential campaign trail and the battlefield. New York Times columnist Collins attempts a comprehensive account of the last 50 years of women's history in this sequel to America's Women, primarily focusing on the 1960s. Giving relatively short shrift to the current generation of young women, Collins centers the bulk of her attention on the baby boom generation (to which she belongs) and leaders like NOW founder Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem, as well as dozens of ordinary struggling women. The book's stronger parts include highlighting pioneers like Congresswoman Martha Griffiths, who began her political career in the 1940s and stories of laughably shortsighted sexism against Sandra Day O'Connor. Collins captures the conundrums of feminism's success (does a see-through blouse make a woman liberated or a sex object?), but the book will probably resonate most for her generational peers. 16 pages of b&w photographs. (Oct. 14) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In this follow-up to America's Women, New York Times op-ed columnist Collins chronicles 50 years of trials and triumphs for American women. She presents a balanced report of the events and ideologies that catalyzed a shift in women's roles and unflinchingly details without bias the aftermath of the sexual revolution and the fight for political and economic equality (e.g., the increased incidence of children born out of wedlock, no-fault divorces, and the necessity of balancing career and child rearing). Verdict While the subject matter is familiar, Collins's accessible writing and inclusion of firsthand accounts from well-known and ordinary women make this a standout effort. Highly recommended for history buffs and anyone for who thinks women as presidents, astronauts, and CEOs should be the norm rather than the exception.-Tamela Chambers, Chicago P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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