Examining the political activities of the period between 1920, when women gained the right to vote, and the mid-1960s, when the women's movement revived, Cynthia Harrison illuminates a long-neglected but vital chapter of women's history.
Everybody knows that the women's movement began in the Sixties, but this well-researched and clearly written book demonstrates that federal policies of the apparently quiescent preceding years gave it something to build on. Harrison gives historical perspective by carefully investigating policymaking, Presidential appointments, and incremental changes affecting women during the Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy administrations, and argues that good political strategies can achieve effective policy instruments, regardless of the times. As a case study in effective strategies for political action in the absence of a strong social movement, it provides a realistic lesson. Recommended for public and academic libraries. Mary Drake McFeely, Univ. of Georgia Lib., Athens
Cynthia Harrison received her Ph.D. in American History from Columbia University. From 1982 to 1988, she was managing editor of This Constitution, a journal published by the American Historical Association and the American Political Science Association.