Fight Back and Win: My Thirty-Year Fight Against Injustice--and How You Can Win Your Own Battles [NOOK Book]

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Voted by her peers as one of the best lawyers in America, and described by Time magazine as "one of the nation's most effective advocates of family rights and feminist causes," Allred has devoted her career to fighting for civil rights and has won hundreds of millions of dollars for victims of abuse. She has taken on countless institutions to promote equality, including the Boy Scouts, the Friars Club, and the United States Senate. And as the attorney for numerous high-profile clients—including Nicole Brown ...

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Voted by her peers as one of the best lawyers in America, and described by Time magazine as "one of the nation's most effective advocates of family rights and feminist causes," Allred has devoted her career to fighting for civil rights and has won hundreds of millions of dollars for victims of abuse. She has taken on countless institutions to promote equality, including the Boy Scouts, the Friars Club, and the United States Senate. And as the attorney for numerous high-profile clients—including Nicole Brown Simpson's family, actress Hunter Tylo, and Amber Frey, Scott Peterson's girlfriend—Allred has helped victims assert and protect their rights.

Throughout her memoir, Allred offers colorful—sometimes shocking—examples of self-empowerment from her personal and professional life. Presenting nearly fifty of her most memorable cases, Allred takes us deep inside the justice system to show how it's possible to win even in the face of staggering odds. Her inspiring true stories serve to remind us that winning justice depends on the righ-teousness of the cause and an individual's willingness to stand up, speak out, and fight back. Fight Back and Win is a powerful testament to Gloria Allred's trailblazing career and the battles she has fought alongside countless brave individuals to win justice for us all.

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Gloria Allred's Fight Back and Win isn't just a memoir of her career as a prominent civil and equal rights attorney; it's a tutorial empowered by her hard-won lessons on how it's possible to fight injustice even in the face of staggering odds. Allred's strategies can be used to help assure equal across boundaries of gender, race, and social class.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061743573
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 376,915
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Gloria Allred is the most prominent women's rights attorney in the United States and is one of the highest-profile attorneys in the world. She has been a television commentator on Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, and Court TV, and is a three-time Emmy nominee for her television commentary on KABC Television Eyewitness News in Los Angeles. She was rated one of the most important radio talk show hosts in America by USA Today, and has won the President's Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers and the 1986 President's Volunteer Action Award for her work in child support enforcement, presented to her by President Ronald Reagan at the White House. A founding partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Allred, Maroko & Goldberg, Allred lives in Southern California.

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Fight Back and Win

My Thirty-year Fight Against Injustice--and How You Can Win Your Own Battles
By Gloria Allred

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Gloria Allred
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060739282

Chapter One

To Conquer, You Must First Conquer Yourself
My Life Lessons

My address is like my shoes. It travels with me. I abide where there is a fight against wrong.
-- Mary Harris "Mother" Jones

I was born Gloria Rachel Bloom on July 3, 1941 -- an only child in a working-class home in southwest Philadelphia. My dad, Morris, was a door-to-door salesman with an eighth-grade education. Selling Fuller brushes and photo enlargements, he worked twelve hours a day, six days a week, and rarely had time to spend with me, except on Sundays. We never had a car. We lived modestly in a row house with a view of a stone wall. I always wanted to get beyond the stone wall in my life.

My mother, Stella, was originally from Manchester, England. She didn't work outside the home, but devoted her life to me and was adamant that I get a good education. She had been forced to leave school in the eighth grade to support her family. Even though she was lighthearted and easy going, my mother never seemed content about being a stay-at-home mom. All her life, she looked back with regret and imagined what she could have achieved if she had been able to get the education and enjoy the opportunities that her intelligence warranted. My mother insisted that I grow up to have the opportunities she missed.

"Don't grow up to be like me," she would tell me.

My father was very strong; some called him stubborn. He was like a rock, which was good because you could lean on him, but bad because he was hard to move. He made up his mind fairly quickly. He seldom talked, except to tell jokes. In order to challenge him, I had to be really strong and use my wits. My father agreed with my mother that I should have a career if I wanted it. He always told me I would be going to college. I wasn't supposed to worry about it -- the money would be there.

Even though they were poor, my parents tried to give me the best of everything. If we could afford only one ticket to a movie, my father would pay my way and wait for me in the park. I earned extra money by selling potholders that I made myself. I also sold new and used comic books and, of course, the old standby -- lemonade. I was fairly successful at sales. Every birthday I would ask my parents to put some money away for me, in case I ever needed it for a rainy day.

I didn't have much in the way of toys. I had Scrabble, Monopoly, a checkers game, and a couple of dolls. I loved to read, and my father regularly took me to the library. I enjoyed books by Charles Dickens and Somerset Maugham. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott was one of my favorites.

I was fortunate to be accepted into an all-academic, all-girls public high school, the Philadelphia High School for Girls (aka Girls' High). It was like a private school. Many people believed that girls could receive a better education there than at the public coed high schools in Philadelphia, where more attention was paid to boys. To attend Girls' High, a girl either had to have a high IQ or be at the top of her class. No one ever told me which category I'd qualified under, but I was excited to be admitted. I met my best friend, Fern Brown Caplan, during my first week at school and she remains my best friend to this day.

The faculty of the school consisted mainly of women who emphasized the academy's motto: Vincit Qui Se Vincit ("She conquers, who conquers herself"). The vice-principal once told us, "Girls, your husbands or your boyfriends will probably say to you, 'Send me to medical school or law school, or graduate school.' You just look them in the eye and say, 'No. You send me.' "

It was a truly rebellious statement for that time. I remember all of us looking at each other as though somebody might burst through the door at any minute and arrest the vice-principal for saying something that radical. I think, for many of my classmates, she was their first exposure to a feminist.

It wasn't mine. My father's cousin, Rachel Ash, was -- as far as we know -- the first female cardiologist at the Children's Heart Hospital in Philadelphia. I considered her a revolutionary. She never married and never had any children. In addition, she was the only woman I ever knew who didn't cook. We would see her about once a year, and during those visits she would have food delivered to the house (remember, there were very few take-out places in those days) then serve it right out of the take-out containers. She didn't cook and she didn't care. That was extraordinary to me. Aunt Rachel, as I called her, wasn't particularly interested in my mother and father (they seemed to be a bit of an annoyance to her) but she took an interest in me. She sent me to a special science seminar in Philadelphia one summer, and stayed in contact with me over the years.

At Girls' High, we were encouraged to aspire to fulfillment through careers and community leadership, in addition to marriage. The classes were hard. I remember thinking at one point, "This is too much for me. I'm going to drop out." I was also feeling insecure because my parents only had eighth-grade educations, and the parents of many of my classmates were lawyers, bankers, and other leaders in Philadelphia. I felt that they had an edge over me.

I went to the counselor and asked to return to "regular" high school. "I'm not smart enough for this school," I told her.

"Gloria, who do you think the smartest person in this school is?" she asked me.

"Sandra Walkowitz," I replied.

Continues...


Excerpted from Fight Back and Win by Gloria Allred Copyright © 2006 by Gloria Allred. Excerpted by permission.
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Table of Contents

1 To conquer, you must first conquer yourself : my life lessons 5
2 Don't be victimized twice : Amber Frey's fight for justice 25
3 You can fight the power : politicians and other good ol' boys 45
4 You can catch a fallen star : taking on celebrity bad boys 67
5 Fight back at work 93
6 You can knock down the boys' club door 107
7 Little things start big changes 125
8 You can fight high-profile killers 143
9 You can fight rapists and other sexual predators 165
10 Beware of bigotry 191
11 Motherhood is powerful 203
12 Fight the boobs behind the tube 233
13 Fight for the children 245
Conclusion : what I have learned in the past thirty years can help you 267
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2007

    'An eye opener' to us women

    I was enjoying reading this book so much that I do not forgive my self for leaving it behind at the Burbank aeroport in CA. last week while I was waiting for my ride. I readed it once but I have to buy this book again to read it every time I travel this book is a must, every woman should buy it and read it, not just buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2006

    Excellent Book for Women

    This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Gloria Allred is an inspirational leader that has brought many changes in the legal system to benefit women. She encourages readers to fight back against injustice and wrongdoing. She provides insightful looks into some of the landmark cases she has handled throughout her 30 year legal career. The book is excellently written and gives the reader much information on her plight for equality and justice. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2010

    It changed my life

    I was convinced my situation was hopeless, but then I read this book and I decided I should fight one more time. It worked. After three years I finally got a settlement and I never would have even tried if I hadn't read Fight Back and Win. Thank you!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2006

    Not Recommended

    Poorly written and very one-sided and pretentious. I thought Gloria might be an interesting read, but no go.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2006

    awfully written auto-hagiography

    if you're looking for a guide to self-promotion this could be it! if you're looking for honesty, insight or easy to swallow prose look elsewhere

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