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The Republican War against Women: An Insider's Report from Behind the Lines

The Republican War against Women: An Insider's Report from Behind the Lines

by Tanya Melich
     
 

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Disillusioned and angered by her party's hostile strategy toward women, birthright Republican Tanya Melich walked out of her delegation to the 1992 national convention in revulsion at its deliberate adoption of policies designed to create hostility between the sexes in exchange for votes.

Her acclaimed 1996 book, "The Republican War Against Women", cites chapter and

Overview

Disillusioned and angered by her party's hostile strategy toward women, birthright Republican Tanya Melich walked out of her delegation to the 1992 national convention in revulsion at its deliberate adoption of policies designed to create hostility between the sexes in exchange for votes.

Her acclaimed 1996 book, "The Republican War Against Women", cites chapter and verse to document the GOP's twenty-year history of hypocrisy toward women. Powerful and persuasive, this updated edition of the book not only illustrates how these actions created a gender gap that cost the party the 1992 and 1996 elections -- it demonstrates why the only hope for its future is to adopt a vigorous new vision. In two thoughtful new chapters, Melich calls for all those for whom traditional party affiliation has become an obsolete concept -- moderate Republicans, centrist Democrats, and the 39 percent of voters who identify themselves as independents -- to join in a New Center Republican party whose equitable agenda is attuned to the needs of all America's citizens.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Melich, who has spent most of her political life as a Republican feminist, recounts 23 years of party politics that, she postulates, has fought against the women's movement and issues important to equal opportunity. She takes us through her struggles as a delegate to the Republican National Conventions of 1968 and 1992, describing in painstaking detail every platform, rule, and committee meeting that resulted in documents rejecting the Equal Rights Amendment and calling for a constitutional ban on abortions. Clearly, from what Melich outlines, the Republican party was completely out of sync with her views, leaving one to ask why it took so long for her to leave the party (as she finally did in 1992). Her reasoning after each defeat was that she thought it would get better and that it was better that the GOP feminists work with, rather than against, the party to see if some ground could be gained. Although the book's alarmist title may turn some potential readers off, the text is not hyperbole but a step-by-step account of how the religious right and conservatives have taken control of the Republican party. Recommended for general and academic political science collections [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/95.]-Patricia Hatch, Emmanuel Coll. Lib., Boston
Washington Post
"A powerful, provocative account of how social conservatives and Republican politicians have used the GOP to roll back the gains of the women's movement."
San Francisco Chronicle
"Compelling and hcilling, this book is the story of the Republican Party's evolution from its fair-minded origins to its current stance."
Los Angeles Times
"We could use many more books like this one, in which the nuts and bolts of how issues are again sacrificed on the the alter of partisan politics are played out for us, Roman-style, in that blood arena."
New York Times Book Review
"[Melich] successfully blends a historical account with a personal one in describing how the Republican Party raised the hopes of many women and then abandoned them."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553378160
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/05/1998
Edition description:
Updated
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
938,733
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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