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It is this latter group that Estrich is most concerned about. She uses her insider's perspective as a feminist lawyer, along with her access to presidents, ambassadors, editors, and other powerful people, to give both an objective and a personal history of women's struggles for equal rights. This openly frank discussion ranges from Supreme Court battles and feminists' own conflicting views to the thorny issue of sexual harassment (including the author's own role in the Paula Jones and Anita Hill cases). Estrich concludes that women (and men) don't just need equality, they need change. Mothers cannot compete in the workplace as currently designed, and despite so-called gender rules, the working world is still stacked against women. In a daring move, Estrich declares that "the debate has to move beyond questions of conscious discrimination, of who did what to whom, to the more important challenge of how we include everyone at the table." In other words, antidiscrimination laws should not simply end at intentional discrimination, but should actually encourage inclusion. That indeed will require finishing the feminist revolution, which is Estrich's greatest hope. --Lesley Reed --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Estrich makes some very good points in this book, but leaves one critical factor out. Women who do make it to the top not only don't mentor other women - they forget to put a... Read morePublished on August 7, 2002 by Marion E. Gold
I'm 21 and just about to start working toward a PhD in business and I had never realized that that so many women felt the desire to put their career on the back burner in order to... Read morePublished on June 4, 2002
Susan Estrich's book is informative, factual, and powerful. I have quoted from it several times for articles and am very happy to support this work. Read morePublished on July 18, 2001 by Sandra Chamberlin
This is a splendid book and Susan Estrich is a very sophisticated person, the kind of person who judges each case on its individual merits. Read morePublished on May 6, 2001 by Dennis Littrell
About half this book is a rambling rant about the lack of women on corporate boards, at the upper echelons of politics, and/or as CEO's of Fortune 500 companies. Read morePublished on March 27, 2001 by Martian Bachelor
Ms. Estrich tells women that if they want power, unite and use the power they already have. That's good for what's it worth. Read morePublished on December 22, 2000