A Voice of Our Own: Leading American Women Celebrate the Right to Vote


Prominent activists, academics, politicians, journalists, mothers, and daughters celebrate the indomitable spirit of the American woman and reflect on what democracy means to women's lives.

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Prominent activists, academics, politicians, journalists, mothers, and daughters celebrate the indomitable spirit of the American woman and reflect on what democracy means to women's lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Commissioned by the League of Women Voters to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, this collection of 28 essays by prominent American women assesses both the progress women have made since the fight for suffrage began and the challenges women still face in their quest for social and political equality. Various contributors' retellings of the history of the women's suffrage movement provide an inspiring account of successful grassroots political activism. Recurring themes include the importance of female role models and the relationship between the concerns of women and those of minority groups. Particularly compelling in this collection edited by former League president Newman are the essays by Rebecca Walker, Betty Ford and Bernadine P. Healy. Notable contributors include Mary Chapin Carpenter, Martina Navratilova, Judy Woodruff, Rosalynn Carter, Donna Shalala and Hillary Rodham Clinton. (June)
Library Journal
Neuman, a former president of the League of Women Voters, has compiled a wondrous range of essays by leading American women who pay homage to the 75th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Contributors include politicians, entertainers, journalists, and leaders of various ethnic and racial communities. Although a few selections deal specifically with the right to vote, most concentrate on the role and status of women in modern American society. For example, Martina Navratilova waxes eloquent about becoming a naturalized citizen; the Right Reverend Mary Adelia Rosamond Mcleod details her struggle to become the first female diocesan bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States; and Betty Ford recalls how her private pain helped get recognition and more equitable treatment for women with dependency problems. Overall, the articles are informative, interesting, and even inspirational. This mosaic of perspectives makes this work a worthwhile purchase for all libraries.-Rose M. Cichy, Osterhout Free Lib., Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470630877
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/2/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 265
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

NANCY M. NEUMAN is former president of the League of Women Voters and author of The League of Women Voters in Perspective 1920-1995 (1994). A lecturer and writer on women in politics and public policy, she has been a distinguished visiting professor at Washington and Jefferson College, Bucknell University, and Pomona College.

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Table of Contents

My Vote, My Self 3
Impact 7
Finding America 13
Women Who Shaped the Constitution 21
Lessons from the Woman Suffrage Movement 31
The Politics of Sisterhood 43
The Women's Movement Across Generations 51
American Democracy: A Puerto Rican Perspective 63
No More Sounds of Silence 69
A Gift of the Spirit 75
Turning the World Rightside Up 87
Or You Can Get to Work 93
Gender, Race, and Democracy 103
Cartoon 115
Women, Work, and Family 119
Do What Is Right 129
My Life with the League of Women Voters 135
Keepers of the Culture 141
My Democracy 147
Challenges and Change in One Woman's Life 157
Equal Opportunity for Recovery 165
Harvard Medicine in the Women's Era 175
Our Collective Challenges 187
Whose Nation Is This? 195
A Call to Action 205
Entering the Twenty-First Century - On Our Own Terms 213
Small Steps, Giant Leaps 225
My Daughter's Generation 233
Imagining the Real Future 245
The Editor 255
Index 257
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