23
Nov
09

Everything Changed

Gail Collins, feminist and NYTimes columnist, recently released a new book about feminism from 1960 to the present called “When Everything Changed”. Katha Pollitt reviewed the book for Slate, and gives a summary that makes me itchy to get to the library/bookstore and get reading. Here is a well-researched history written for a popular audience, focusing on a nice hearty chunk of the twentieth century. According to Pollitt, the book tackles the history through individual stories — useful, engaging, and expected from one of the nation’s most prominent female columnists.

The review itself takes on some of the murkier issues of late-20th Century feminism, looking at the movement from  an analytical perspective.  Why don’t we have federally funded child care, for example? Or paid maternity (or paternity) leave? Or money going to pay for the home bound, sick, and elderly — jobs that largely fall to women? Well, its because we don’t like a welfare state here in this country, and we really don’t like one that evens things out for women.  Pollitt makes a good argument about all this, leaving me feeling “How far we have come! We have so much further to go!”

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