Letter to the World: Seven Women Who Shaped the American Century / Edition 1

Letter to the World: Seven Women Who Shaped the American Century / Edition 1

by Susan Ware
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393046524

ISBN-13: 9780393046526

Pub. Date: 06/17/1998

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

In the tradition of Composing a Life and Writing a Woman's Life, a look at the intimate and public lives of seven strong and vibrant women who had a lasting impact on American popular culture and on women's lives.

In wanting to think through modern women's history, Susan Ware found herself drawn to seven larger-than-life women who influenced

…  See more details below

Overview

In the tradition of Composing a Life and Writing a Woman's Life, a look at the intimate and public lives of seven strong and vibrant women who had a lasting impact on American popular culture and on women's lives.

In wanting to think through modern women's history, Susan Ware found herself drawn to seven larger-than-life women who influenced not only their professions—politics, journalism, anthropology, acting, sports, dance, and music—but also the way women saw themselves and their options in life. Ware recovers the people behind the legends of Eleanor Roosevelt, Dorothy Thompson, Margaret Mead, Katharine Hepburn, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Martha Graham, and Marian Anderson in compelling life stories. She looks at how they created their persona, how they kept themselves in the public eye, and how they did so for so long. She also speaks to how these women balanced their personal lives—choosing lovers and mates and deciding whether to have children. In the choices they made and the success of those choices are lessons relevant to contemporary working women. As part of living exceptional and unconventional lives, they gave other women the ability to desire beyond the limits imposed on women and allowed them to dream and strive for lives of independence and fulfillment.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393046526
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/17/1998
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Casting Call for the American Century
1First Lady of the World: Eleanor Roosevelt3
2"She Rides in the Smoking Car": Dorothy Thompson45
3Coming of Age with Margaret Mead85
4Living Like a Man: Katharine Hepburn127
5From Tomboy to Lady: Babe Didrikson Zaharias169
6Front and Center: Martha Graham211
7Across the Color Line: Marian Anderson253
Epilogue: Growing Old Gracefully in Public295
Notes303
Index337

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >