Women on the Hill: A History of Women in Congress

Women on the Hill: A History of Women in Congress

by Jill S. Pollack
     
 
The historic struggle of women to find equal representation in national politics continues today. This book comes at a crucial time in the history of women in politics. After the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, granting women the right to vote in national elections, after the infamous Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings, and after the historic

Overview

The historic struggle of women to find equal representation in national politics continues today. This book comes at a crucial time in the history of women in politics. After the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, granting women the right to vote in national elections, after the infamous Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings, and after the historic elections of women to prominent positions in 1992, women continue to face discrimination, skeptics, and under-representation in Congress. Author Jill S. Pollack presents biographies of a number of congresswomen, a thorough and readable background on how Congress works, and a comprehensive listing of all women who have ever served in Congress.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Beth E. Andersen
These two books should prove once and for all to young readers that women in politics are indeed a powerful force in Washington, D.C., and a diverse force at that. Black, white, Republican, Democrat, disabled, married, unmarried, mothers, childless, pro-choice, pro-life, conservative, liberal and independent-about the only common ground these women have shared through history is their gender. Political Leaders, part of the Dynamic Modern Women series, looks at ten heavy hitters of the twentieth century: Elizabeth Dole, Dianne Feinstein, Geraldine Ferraro, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Barbara Jordan, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Peggy Noonan, Janet Reno, Ann Richards, and Christine Todd Whitman. Their resumes encompass an impressive list of job titles-governor, senator, representative, ambassador, political speechwriter, and attorney general, to name a few. Their personal backgrounds should dispel the notion that all politicians come from privilege and money. Many overcame personal tragedies to pursue their deep commitment to serve their country. Lindop inspires her readers through the sketches of these famous women, to consider a political life of some measure, be it at the grassroots level with local community activities, or on the national scene. Dynamic color photos capture the poised energy of these very modern women who are dedicated to making a difference. Women on the Hill, the latest in the Women Then-Women Now series, recounts the progress women have made in politics since 1917, when Jeanette Rankin became the first woman to serve in the House of Representatives. It is not lost on the reader that Rankin's term preceded, by two years, passage of the Nineteenth Amendment which gave women the right to vote. Many early political inroads made by women were due to widows being appointed to complete their late husbands' terms. The surprise to the world at large was the enthusiasm, commitment, and determination to be more than a figurehead, as these early political pioneers demonstrated. Pollack measures the accomplishments of political women with the painfully slow progress women have made over the years to be recognized as full-fledged citizens. It has not been that long since women were excluded from inheriting money or owning property. Women used to lose their citizenship if they married a foreigner. Divorce often ended in lost custody of the children. Women on the Hill is full of firsts: the first mother-son team to serve consecutive terms in Congress (Frances and Oliver Bolton), the first black woman senator (Carol Mosley Braun), the first woman elected senator (Hattie Caraway), the first black woman to deliver the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention (Barbara Jordan), and the first woman nominated for president by a major political party (Margaret Chase Smith), to list a few. Dozens of photographs illustrate women's determination to break into the "old boys' club" of political power. Pollack concludes her fascinating history with a chapter that clearly defines how Congress works. Included is a roster of all women who have served in the two houses of Congress and a flow chart that tracks the path of a law from idea to final legal signature. Both titles are highly recommended. Index. Source Notes. Further Reading. Note: This review was written and published to address two titles: Political Leaders and Women on the Hill: A History of Women in Congress. VOYA Codes: 5Q 4P J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written, Broad general YA appeal, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-A comprehensive history of women who served in the U.S. Congress, beginning with the election of Jeanette Rankin in 1917 to the House of Representatives to the present. Many female members of Congress are profiled with an emphasis on their campaign styles and legislative interests and contributions. Special emphasis is placed on Rankin, Margaret Chase Smith, and Geraldine Ferraro. The writing shows glowing admiration for these high-ranking lawmakers. Unfortunately, the text is sometimes repetitious and there are unnecessary digressions. There are also some errors. Alice Roosevelt was not the White House hostess for her widowed father Theodore Roosevelt as he had remarried four years before he became president; and the Oval Office tapes did not show that President Richard Nixon was a driving force behind the Watergate break-in, but that he had authorized the cover-up. Numerous black-and-white photos are included as is a flow chart of how an idea becomes law. Bryna J. Fireside's Is There a Women in the House-or Senate? (Albert Whitman, 1993) lacks this book's historical sweep but is more focused and has a livelier format.-Judith L. Miller, formerly at Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, IN

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531113066
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/1996
Series:
Women Then - Women Now Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.21(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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