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We Will Be Heard: Women's Struggles for Political Power in the United States Paperback – February 28, 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742556085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742556089
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,679,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Provides the insight of a fervent participant in politics rather than dry academic theories. . . . An enjoyable collection of historical essays. . . . Highly recommended. (CHOICE)

Her scholarly works have consistently reflected both of these pursuits by blending meticulous scholarship with an understanding of events derived from personal experience. . . . An outstanding feminist scholar. . . . Material blending careful research, personal experience, and knowledge shed important light on efforts to enact policies that sought to improve the lives and chances of American women and to overcome the obstacles confronting those seeking to make these changes. Many undergraduate and graduate students will find this material useful for understanding women's attempts to 'break the glass ceiling.' . . . The book is essential reading for anyone interested in the field of women and politics. (Journal Of Politics and Gender)

Fourteen stimulating essays on the hidden history of women in politics. (Lasalle Newstribune)

Jo Freeman is the best of all possible political scientists: one committed to activism and truth at the same time. Anyone who reads We Will Be Heard is likely to get hooked on the drama of the Equal Rights Amendment in Congress or the mystery of the missing-from-history fifty women who ran for President—and become as fascinated with politics as a true democracy requires. (Gloria Steinem)

A compelling and authoritative analysis of women in the past century of American politics. This classic study is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of how women shaped American politics and how American politics shaped women's public activism from the 1890s to the present. (Kathryn Kish Sklar, SUNY Binghamton; author of Florence Kelley and the Nation's Work)

What a windfall of history and wisdom from the doyenne of the study of women and politics! Freeman's essays offer new information and rich insights into more than a century of history of women in party and electoral politics, policy formation, and gendered voting patterns. (Susan M. Hartmann, The Ohio State University)


This volume provides the insight of a fervent participant in politics rather than dry academic theories....Highly recommended. All levels / libraries. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Saint-Germain on January 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
This volume is written by one of the founders of the women's movement and an influential author in women's studies. Always a scholar-activist, Jo Freeman brings her own experiences to bear in this personal reflection on various events in the history of political women in the U.S. Fifteen selections combine previously published writing with newer material, such as an epilogue on the election of Nancy Pelosi as the first woman Speaker of the House. In the first section, covering up to 1920, we learn some `forgotten' historical details, so that broad, sweeping generalizations about the lack of women in U.S. politics can no longer be made. The second section on breaking barriers features discusses the over 50 women who have run for the office of President, as well as some other women `firsts.' The third section on public policy covers familiar ground such as the equal rights amendment and comparable worth. This volume provides the insight of a fervent participant in politics, rather than dry academic theories, but is more of an enjoyable collection of historical essays than a standard textbook.
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