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Having graduated from Wellesley College in 1964, Roberts explains that the women of her generation were pioneers in many ways--especially when it came to career and workplace issues: "We were the first women at almost everything we did, and most of us often had the experience of being the only woman in the room." Accordingly, many of her essays are political in nature: the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (which included "sex" as a prohibited discrimination category by virtual accident); the work of consumer advocate Esther Peterson; and the history of women in the military. But for Roberts, it's clear that the personal is political, and many stories, while not overtly activist--her older sister's death, her circle of female friends, and her experiences as a wife, mother, and reporter--reveal the importance she places on a united community of strong women. Using clean, compelling language throughout, Roberts compiles these different stories to reveal a thread of continuity running through the fabric of women, summarizing, "We are connected throughout time and regardless of place." She ends with a message of encouragement for young women--that we need only look as far as our foremothers for inspiration. --Brangien Davis, Amazon.com Kids Editor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Interesting but not as much as her second, "Our Founding Mothers".Published 5 months ago by Judy Wempe
I wasn't sure I'd like this but I was pleasantly surprised. I like how it has different story lines & not just one long narrative.Published 7 months ago by pa-reader
A thorough look at how and why we react as we do to current events in our lives, in politics. She is a very bright newsperson who investigates, then offers a cause-and-effect... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jack Shakely
I loved the many different essays of people in many walks of life. There was something there for all of us. The book was inspiring.Published 9 months ago by becky sharp
Although it has been years since I've read Ms Roberts' books, I am a fan of her and like the way she tells her stories.Published 10 months ago by Joan I. Torrey
All young women should read this. It would be good of all young men did too! The history of the women presented is very current to today's society and the reader can easily... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dlj
A wonderful book to read on one's own and to share with someone you love. Cokie Roberts recounts tales of famous women, many of whom are not household names. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Joyce Dugan
Parts of the book was interesting but in the most part the book was dull and not worth the money.Published 16 months ago by Carolyn L Husted