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A Matter of Simple Justice: The Untold Story of Barbara Hackman Franklin and a Few Good Women Library Binding – February 24, 2012

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“The book is an educational read, and an inspirational one for women graduating from high school or college. It will remind them of what they can accomplish more easily now, thanks to their female forebears.”
—Lynn Ondrusek, Lancaster Sunday News

“The words ‘untold story’ always pique my interest, since those stories often contain wonderful surprises. A Matter of Simple Justice is just such a story. I am thrilled that our friend Barbara Hackman Franklin—along with President Nixon—is finally getting the credit she deserves for advancing the cause of women in the workplace.”
—Barbara Bush

A Matter of Simple Justice is an outstanding resource for information on women and politics in the 1970s, a window into the extensive oral history resources housed at Penn State, and a source for the background and chronology of women’s political history since World War II.”
—Emily Walker Cook, The Oral History Review

“[This] book is important for the light it sheds on a chapter of our history that was largely overshadowed by President Nixon's fall from grace.”
—Cindy Simmons, Centre Daily Times

About the Author

Lee Stout is Librarian Emeritus at the Penn State University Libraries. His recent book Ice Cream U: The Story of the Nation’s Most Successful Collegiate Creamery (2009) is also distributed by Penn State Press.

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Product Details

  • Library Binding: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Penn State University Libraries (February 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983947805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983947806
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,611,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra Armstrong on March 21, 2012
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This book is a great read about how President Nixon--with some proding from Vera Glaser, a newspaper woman--appointed Barbara Franklin to put more women in high levels in the Government. The progress was slow at first but the combination of Ms Franklin's tenacity and President Nixon's increasing support brought results in 1969--1972. In this short period of time the number of women in policy making positions tripled from 36 to 105, nearly 1000 more women were placed in midlevel positions, 339 women appointed to boards and commissiions.
The first part of the book tells the story of how this was accomplished and the second part recounts the fascinating stories of many of these women pioneers based on personal interviews who were appointed during this time period. The book is a page turner and will appeal to anyone interested in the progress of women.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Sillman on April 3, 2012
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An excellent expose of a short but pivotal time in our American history! The author uses primary sources to weave interesting, intriguing, and insightful tales of major accomplishments of women, past and present, all due in part to a 1962 Penn State alum, Barbara Hackman Franklin. As a teacher, I believe the author's closing charge sums up the message for all men and women today, "...Everybody should contribute something for those yet to come."
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I've been looking for a perfect Mother's Day present for my mom and grandmother - and this just has to be it!! Since I was younger, I remember hearing from both of them about all the hardships my grandmother went through as a young woman, like how she would refuse to accept a loan since the banks required her husband's signature (even though he would have signed). They both wanted me to know just how lucky I am to be attending a great school, and all the opportunities and liberties that are available to me now.

So I heard about this book from a friend-of-a-friend and she gave me her copy to flip through - I was blown away by how much this book really delves into the history of the 1970s and the "few good women" who did their part to make circles like the workplace, education, the government, etc accessible to all qualified and desiring women in the past and in the present. I especially love the interviews in the second part of the book - they really are a quick read and offer some especially interesting personal stories from these important women!!

I'm excited that I found something for the women in my family that we can all share together!
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By rick on March 14, 2012
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My wife brought this story to my attention just a few days ago, and I've already finished my first reading of it. As a history buff and someone who continually enjoys learning, I was pleased with the amount of detail and information given to this "untold story," especially as the book identifies a lot of key players in the women's movement with whom I had previously been unfamiliar.

I am also pleased with my understanding now of the chronology and inside stories of this presidential administration, and look forward to explaining some of this with my two daughters (3 and 7) when they get a bit older. I definitely would like them to be aware of these past struggles as they grow and develop into mature and responsible young ladies - as a father and a businessman, I want them to demand respect and know of potential challenges they themselves may have to overcome.
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By Judith Heald on September 27, 2012
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Always appreciate learning more about the women's rights movement(s). Thanks Lee for taking the initiative to pull this together and saving the stories. This added some facts to my study of an earlier era, and brought to the forefront pieces I lived through myself. My experiences being a married female undergraduate student in 1961 at Penn State make me very aware!
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