Like Friedan's book it left out entire demographics of women and feminism only to focus on the white, educated, middle class women. Basically Liberal Feminism. With only a spare mentioning of Women of color, there really was no in-depth look about the poor of the 60's and how a lack of higher education and being exploited and over worked caused their own movements. But what can you expect for someone who works at the Times.
I'm a fan of Gail Collins' editorials in the New York Times, so it's no surprise I enjoyed this book. Though I've lived through much of it, I was fascinated by the author's perspective and voices of women from the last 50 years. This is a compelling and informative read.
Excellent book. I am a big fan of
Gail Collins. She did a great job of describing events and people who were instrumental in bringing changes for women. She also showed how the Civil Rights Movement impacted the women's movement.
I'm a fan of Gail Collins' columns in the New York Times so when the library started offering Kindle format ebooks a few weeks ago, and this was available, I pounced. It's a complete and very readable review of the history and accomplishments of the women's movement in the United States from the late 1950s to the present. She tells the stories of individual women, some famous, some not, and places the women's movement in the context of twentieth century social justice movements. The book is both entertaining and educational, and especially recommended for anyone born after 1980. From the perspective of 2011 it's almost impossible to imagine what the world was like for women only a generation or two ago.
It's been a while since I've read a great book, so that may factor into why I like this book so much. Collins covers a significant swath of historical topics, keeps the vignettes punchy, coming up with a page-turner - which is great considering the text clocks in at 400 pages.
One aspect I appreciated was how Collins didn't write a "yay women!" book, but instead addressed each historical topic, the debate, the outcome and the lasting impacts - for better or worse. Also surprised at how benevolent Collins handled the topic of Sarah Palin - considering Collins has worked as the Op Ed editor for the NYT, media I'm sure Palin has accused of being liberal and elitist.
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