By Doreen Mattingly
In A Feminist within the White House, Doreen Mattingly attracts on Costanza's own papers to make clear the lifetime of this interesting and arguable girl. Mattingly chronicles Costanza's dramatic upward push and fall as a public determine, from her preliminary reputation to her final clashes with Carter and his aides. whereas Costanza challenged Carter to help abortion rights, homosexual and lesbian rights, and feminist regulations, Carter confronted elevated strain to soothe the pursuits of rising non secular correct, which at once hostile Costanza's beliefs. eventually, marginalized either in the White residence and through her fellow feminists, Costanza was once stressed to surrender in 1978.
Through the lens of Constanza's tale, readers trap a different standpoint of the increase of debates that have outlined the feminist flow and sexual politics to this very day. Mattingly additionally unearths a much wider, yet heretofore ignored, narrative of the advanced period of gender politics within the past due 1970's Washington - a historical past which keeps to resonate in politics today. A Feminist within the White House is a must-read for someone with an curiosity in sexual politics, girl politicians, and presidential history.
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A Feminist in the White House: Midge Costanza, the Carter Years, and America's Culture Wars by Doreen Mattingly