Tearing Down Walls: A Woman's Triumph

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Tearing Down Walls: A Woman's Triumph is a brave and honest look back at the breakthroughs that have marked Mary Gardiner Jones' whole life. From breaking free of a forceful and domineering mother who saw only marriage in her daughter's future, dealing with the stigma and loss of an absent, alcoholic father, to confronting and overcoming workplace gender barriers that appeared at every step of her legal and governmental career. The book examines the psychological impact that her elitist background and work experiences had on her personal development, and describes her psychoanalysis and the role that it played throughout her life to help her heal emotional scars. These memoirs bring a practitioner's approach to scholarly issues. The book is a celebration of one brilliant and determined woman's successes, a careful in-depth and comprehensive review of her major career milestones.

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Editorial Reviews

Robert B. Reich
Mary Gardiner Jones not only tore down walls that kept women out of positions of power and influence—she smashed them to smithereens. And in so doing, she created opportunities for future generations who never knew how high and thick the walls once were. Hers is an exemplary life, offering men as well as women a lesson in what one person's indomitable spirit can accomplish. Read this and be inspired.
Natalie A. Naylor
In this frank and very readable memoir, Mary Gardiner Jones describes growing up in the 1920s and 1930s in a privileged, "old" New York (and Long Island) family...Tearing Down Walls: One Woman's Triumph is an interesting and revealing autobiography with themes that intersect with issues in wider society.
David M. Gardner
Often overlooked is her role in introducing the consumer into administrative law thinking and proceedings. She argued and encouraged both academics studying consumer behavior in the legal environment as well as regulators and attorneys. She brought her considerable persusasive powers to bear to help facilitate this major change in regulatory thinking...Her insights into the inner workings of organizations (especially the Federal Trade Commission) is a strength of this book. Her description of the various players and their impact on her life is one of the major highlights of the second half of this book.
Susan M. Reverby
This is an amazing life story of a woman born into American privilege whose family lands become both LaGuardia Airport and New York's Jones Beach. She could have been just another prejudiced upper class celebrity, but Mary Gardiner Jones was anything but. From her war experiences in the OSS to her struggles in the late 1940s to find work as a woman lawyer with a degree from Yale, to her experiences in public service as she climbed the rungs to become the first woman Federal Trade Commissioner and then into the corporate world, this is a life worth knowing about and examining.
The Honorable Louis H. Pollack
Tearing Down Walls is a compelling work.
Alan R. Andreasen
Mary Gardiner Jones has a major impact on the focus and accomplishments of the Federal Trade Commission in the 1960s and early 1970s...Her memoir vividly—and candidly—recounts those times and her subsequent struggles and triumphs in the corporate world, the consumer movement and the complex mental health environment...a richly human story and a historically valuable recounting of a bright woman's 60-year career fighting for issues she deeply cared about...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761839040
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 12/7/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Gardiner Jones, attorney, corporate executive, former Federal Trade Commissioner (1964–1973) and public service advocate has specialized all her life in legal, regulatory, and consumer issues relating to antitrust, mental health, aging, and the use of telecommunications to promote the delivery of health care services to seniors and disadvantaged persons in their homes.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Acknowledgements Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 My "Mayflower" Family Chapter 4 Aunt Rosalie, The Maverick Chapter 5 Growing Up a Jones Chapter 6 Away from Home at Last Chapter 7 Teaching School, Joining the OSS Chapter 8 Changing Directions Chapter 9 Entering a Man's World Chapter 10 Public Service Beckons Chapter 11 Finding Myself through Analysis Chapter 12 Re-entering the Private Sector and President Lyndon Johnson Calls Chapter 13 Commissioner Honey, The Federal Trade Commission Chapter 14 The Washington Life, Politics and the Commission Chapter 15 Goodbye FTC, Hello Classroom Chapter 16 Coming Home to Washington and Exploring the Corporate World Chapter 17 Corporate Boards, A Woman's Advantage Chapter 18 Consumers' Champion Chapter 19 Retirement: A Demanding Challenge Chapter 20 A Backward Glance Chapter 21 Further Reading

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