Taking Women in New Directions: Stories from the Second Wave of the Women's Movement from New Directions for Women 1972-1993

Taking Women in New Directions: Stories from the Second Wave of the Women's Movement from New Directions for Women 1972-1993

by Paula Kassell

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Overview

Taking Women in New Directions by Paula Kassell is a fascinating collection of Kassell's key articles from the national feminist newspaper, New Directions for Women, which was published between 1972 and 1993. New Directions for Women recorded milestones reached and barriers broken as American women claimed rights previously denied to them.

The national newspaper focused on a range of issues critical to women's progress in all facets of society, including affirmative action in the workplace, activism and participation in politics and political campaigns, parental leave, sexual harassment, domestic violence, women in the military, and much more. Selected reprints in Taking Women in New Directions run the gamut from news stories and editorials to book reviews, columns on equal pay, on-the-scene reports from feminist conferences, and much more. Photos and line drawings that accompanied the original stories are included as well.

This insightful new book is filled with actual reprints of stories that built on the first wave of feminism and propelled women to make the great gains that ushered in the breathtaking milestones of the 21st century. Crusading writers and activists, many of whose words fill these pages, set the stage for the first women TV anchors, the advent of women as CEOs of multinational corporations, and paved the way for women to assume leadership roles in politics.

Now 91 years old, Kassell compiled the book because many young women today are unaware of the struggles their foremothers waged to achieve a measure of equality contemporary women tend to take for granted. The book also allows those who lived through those tumultuous times to relive the struggles of feministpioneers to gain parity with men in all aspects of life.

A strong voice for the feminist movement, Kassell used her platform as the editor of New Directions for Women to lead the crusade that was so close to her heart. Among her proudest achievements, chronicled in her book, was her successful campaign to persuade the New York Times to adopt the honorific "Ms."—instead of "Miss" or "Mrs."—in reference to women on its news pages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587768958
Publisher: Vivisphere Publishing
Publication date: 11/30/2008
Pages: 114
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Paula Kassell, author of Taking Women in New Directions, was the founder, editor and driving force behind the national feminist newspaper New Directions for Women, which was published from 1972 through 1993. Her key articles, reprinted in her new book, recorded milestones reached and barriers broken as American women claimed rights previously denied to them. Now 91 years old, Kassell compiled the book because many young women today are unaware of the struggles their foremothers waged to achieve a measure of equality contemporary women take for granted. Paula is founder of the Morris County Chapter of the National Organization for Women; vice president of the Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press; listed in Who's Who of American Women, World Who's Who of Women, and World Who's Who of the World; and the recipient of numerous awards for her activism and advocacy, including the Veteran Feminists of America medal for continual activism in the feminist movement since the early 1970s and the Millicent Carey McIntosh Feminism Award from Barnard College of Columbia University; and she was named as one of the "New Jersey Women Making History" by the NOW New Jersey Foundation.

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