Breaking Barriers: The Feminist Revolution from Susan B. Anthony to Margaret Sanger to Betty Friedan

Overview

There was a time when a woman who dared vote in a U.S. election could be found guilty & sentenced without a trial; when it was illegal for a doctor to discuss contraception with a woman — even if childbirth meant certain death; when women were routinely fired because men wanted their jobs. While all three women — Susan B. Anthony, Margaret Sanger & Betty Friedan lived in different ages, & fought for different aspects of womens rights, together they form the heart of the feminist revolution. Their ...
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Overview

There was a time when a woman who dared vote in a U.S. election could be found guilty & sentenced without a trial; when it was illegal for a doctor to discuss contraception with a woman — even if childbirth meant certain death; when women were routinely fired because men wanted their jobs. While all three women — Susan B. Anthony, Margaret Sanger & Betty Friedan lived in different ages, & fought for different aspects of womens rights, together they form the heart of the feminist revolution. Their lives & achievements not only reveal the history of that revolution, but show how our society has evolved with it.

An exploration of the women's movement, with biographies of Susan B. Anthony, Margaret Sanger, and Betty Friedan.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This comprehensive, well-organized book chronicles the lives of Susan B. Anthony, Margaret Sanger and Betty Friedan, three women prominent in the ongoing women's rights movement. Archer begins by briefly describing the conditions surrounding women's unequal status and summarizing the women's liberation movement from 1837 to the present. Biographical chapters on Anthony, Sanger and Friedan follow--each begins with a turning point in the woman's career, and then explores her childhood and background. The author smoothly interweaves historical facts with pertinent quotations as he discusses Anthony's fight for women's suffrage, Sanger's determination to educate women about birth control and Friedan's struggle to earn equality for women in the workplace and society in general. He also refers to many other women who played a part in the feminist revolution. The final section weakly addresses current issues relevant to the women's movement, detracting from the biographies' potency. Nevertheless, the historical impact of these women's lives is deftly presented through captivating narrative. Ages 10-up. (May)
School Library Journal
Gr 9-12-- In a clear and lively style consistent with the lives being described, Archer gives brief biographies of Susan B. Anthony, Margaret Sanger, and Betty Friedan, with a full background view of the political organizations they worked with and against. The text, while clearly celebrating these women as leaders of feminist causes in their separate historical times, does not fictionalize, relying heavily on letters, diaries, and other personal forms of communication. Nor are these lives glossed over; Sanger's divorce and remarriage to her lover is discussed, and Anthony's disappointment at Lucy Stone's marriage is clearly expressed. While there have been other accounts of these remarkable women, putting the three together in a progressive perspective makes clear the accomplishments of the women's rights movement in American history, as well as the distance remaining to achieve full equality of the sexes. --Ruth K. MacDonald, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780788151958
  • Publisher: DIANE Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Pages: 207

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