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No Place for a Woman: A Life of Senator Margaret Chase Smith (Rutgers Series on Women and Politics) Hardcover – November 1, 1999

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Drawing upon Smith's congressional papers and more than 100 hours of interviews, Sherman (history, Univ. of Memphis) beautifully explores the ambivalence surrounding this woman, active in national politics from the 1940s to the 1960s. For many years the only woman senator, Smith was a longtime supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment and an advocate for women's presence in the military. But in her 1948 campaign, she released a statement that said she was "a champion for the women" but "no feminist" because "a woman's viewpoint should be...free of any emphasis on feminine interest." Sherman writes a clear narrative, covering the bases without getting mired in detail, of the life of this idiosyncratic but iconic political figure. A fine biography that will appeal to both scholars and general readers.ACynthia Harrison, George Washington Univ., Washington, DC
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"A comprehensive look at a remarkable woman who was an inspiration to generations of young girls and women." -- Olympia Snowe, US Senator, Maine.

"Margaret Chase Smith blazed trails for women across the twentieth century, denying her own initiative and ambition every step of the way. Janann Sherman reconstructs the arc of her life, restores to her story her own agency, and lets us in on the difficulty of ever comprehending a life from any single point of view. No Place for A Woman is a great read and a fresh window on the political history of twentieth-century America." -- Sara M. Evans, author of Born for Liberty: A History of Women in America.

"Through Dr. Janann Sherman's exhaustive research, felicitous writing and critical analysis, we now have the definitive portrait of one of the twentieth century's most important political women, Senator Margaret Chase Smith." -- George Mitchell, former US Senator, Maine.

There is a certain discretion, an aura almost of tenderness, that comes through these pages. Sherman's book is thoughtful and satisfying, as straightforward and straight-arrow as its subject... -- The New York Times Book Review, Patricia O'Brien

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Product Details

  • Series: Rutgers Series on Women and Politics
  • Hardcover: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press; Second Edition edition (November 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813527228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813527222
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,580,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Schmerguls VINE VOICE on September 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I confess to a weakness for biographies of U. S. senators. I seldom see one I don't want to read, and when I saw this one I knew I would have to read it. Smith actually had an amazing career (elected to the House of Representatives in 1940 and to the Senate in 1948, reelected in 1954, 1960, 1966, and defeated for reelection in 1972) and this unpretentious book, solidly but not exhaustively researched, recounts it well. It is quite laudatory, but will be critical when it is clear criticism is warranted. Mrs. Smith was not a great brain but she was a great working politician, ably assisted by her AA.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This was a fabulous biography of Margaret Chase Smith. Sherman does a great job of relating her themes to the narrative. Connections are emphasized regarding major points. This book is very readable as well as informative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kathy desroches on August 24, 2013
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This book was interesting, it's about one of the first female us legislators. The first to be elected. It's based on one woman's dissertation.
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