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Published: 26 March 1992

272 Pages

5-5/16 x 8 inches

ISBN: 9780195044195

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The Paradox of Change

American Women in the 20th Century

William H. Chafe

"An indispensable guide for those who seek to understand our history--and for those who wish to change it"--Linda Kerber. "Trenchant and beautifully written"--William Tuttle. Building on his classic work of women's history, The American Woman, William Chafe brilliantly depicts the changing position of women in American society in the last century, showing how they have gradually entered more fully into political and economic life--but without attaining complete social equality or economic justice. While fully documenting the gains women have made, he discusses such losses as the feminization of poverty (70% of the adult poor are women) and the rise of the New Right--which brought Phyllis Shlafly's successful fight against the ERA and the ongoing attack on abortion rights. This deftly written history brims with insights into how, and why, American women have come to where they are today.