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Woods, Harriett

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ISBN 10: 0813368154 / ISBN 13: 9780813368153
Published by Westview Press, 2000
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Woods, Harriett. STEPPING UP TO POWER: THE POLITICAL JOURNEY OF AMERICAN WOMEN. Boulder, Colorado, Westview Press, c2000. first edition. 252pp, Index, Photo., 8vo, Signed by author on New hardcover in d/j. Bookseller Inventory # 36274

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Publisher: Westview Press

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Harriett Woods insists that it will take more than a woman president to assure that women have effective political power in the next millennium. Stepping Up to Power looks backward in order to move women forward; Woods believes that getting more women to enter the political arena will take both their commitment and a knowledge of the past. The author uses her own life story to recall how women excluded from public life were fired by their determination to solve local problems and by their passion for social issues. Decade by decade, from the 1950s to the present, Woods candidly discusses the positive and negative aspects of pivotal events leading to a triumphant moment when women believe they finally have broken through to real political power-only to discover that new challenges remain.The author examines some of the myths about women as voters and candidates; tells stories about such colorful figures as Bella Abzug and Betty Friedan; provides step-by-step advice on becoming a candidate; and describes from her own personal experience such moments as the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings, the 1992 ”Year of the Woman,” the appointments of Janet Reno and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and her own breakthrough race for the U.S. Senate in Missouri in 1982. Stepping Up to Power will fascinate general readers as well as students of women's history. America has been transformed by a revolution that has changed the personal and public relationships between men and women. The question remains: How will women use the power they have gained? Stepping Up to Power provides an inspiring answer.


The sweeping changes in political opportunities for women over the past 40 years can be mirrored in the life of Harriett Woods, the former president of the National Women's Political Caucus. Her book Stepping Up to Power combines memoir and history in considering just how far women have come: 80 years ago women won the right to vote; today, more than 40 percent of Bill Clinton's appointments as president were women, including six cabinet members and a Supreme Court justice. Woods personally experienced the difficulties encountered by women who wanted a career outside the home when she tried to get a newspaper job in the early 1950s after graduating from college. Paper after paper told her that women didn't belong in the newsroom, but she persevered until she was finally hired by the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. Like most women of her time, Woods ventured into politics with involvement in civic organizations working to solve local problems. "Each of us began with a passionate desire to impact some issue and somehow ended up with political careers," writes Woods, who got herself elected to the Missouri State Senate and as lieutenant governor of Missouri, but failed in bids for the U.S. Senate in 1982 and 1986. Woods writes with passion about the struggle for women to raise money, get elected, and be taken seriously once they reach office. Stepping Up to Power reminds us of the progress we've made--and how far we have yet to go. --Linda Killian

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