Running against the wind : the struggle of women in Massachusetts politics /
Betty Taymor.
Boston : Northeastern University Press, c2000.
xiii, 218 p. : ill.
155553435X (cl : alk. paper)
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Boston : Northeastern University Press, c2000.
155553435X (cl : alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Betty Taymor is the founder and former director of the Program for Women in Political and Governmental Careers, and now serves as a visiting fellow to the McCormack Institute.
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Main Description
"In Running Against the Wind, political pioneer Betty Taymor not only tells us why a liberal state like Massachusetts still shuts out women, but she does so in a crisp, readable, and personal way. By coming to know this woman who should have been President, we realize how much that state and this country are missing." -- Gloria Steinem
Publisher Fact Sheet
Weaves together the fascinating story of her own experiences in Democratic party politics with hard-hitting narrative on women's deplorable lack of success in breaking through the political glass ceiling in Massachusetts.
Unpaid Annotation
For over four decades, Betty Taymor has been a prominent activist in the Democratic party and an outspoken advocate of women's candidacy for elective office. In this lively memoir, she weaves together the fascinating story of her own experiences in politics with hard-hitting narrative on women's deplorable lack of success in breaking through the political glass ceiling in Massachusetts.Taymor reflects on a remarkable career that was set against the backdrop of both turbulent and promising times -- McCarthyism, the civil rights movement, the Kennedy presidency, the Vietnam war, and the crusade for women's rights. She first describes her formative years and then her path-breaking involvement with the Americans for Democratic Action and the Democratic State and National Committees. She recalls her terms as an eight-time delegate to the Democratic National Convention, her two unsuccessful runs for state representative, and her work on the campaign trail for candidates at the local, state, and national levels. Taymor delves into the reasons why women have struggled to attain elective office and power in the Commonwealth, and considers how they can overcome the persistent and overwhelming domination of the male leadership.During her many years in the political arena and as an educator of women for government service, Taymor came into contact with many public leaders, and her memoir is populated with such figures as John F. Kennedy, Edward M. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Adlai Stevenson, Eugene McCarthy, Robert Drinan, Tip O'Neill, Michael Dukakis, Louise Day Hicks, and Evelyn Murphy.Rich with colorful anecdotes, Running Against the Wind provides an insider's view of the politicalculture in Massachusetts and offers a provocative look at the special problems and challenges facing women candidates.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. ix
Author's Notep. xi
Becoming a Political Woman
Early Daysp. 3
Getting Involved in Party Politicsp. 21
A First Look at Women in Politics in Massachusettsp. 42
From Bleeding Hearts to Hardball Politicsp. 51
The Sixties: Beginning with Promisep. 63
The Sixties: Ending in Chaosp. 78
Opening Doors for Women in Politics
The 1970s: A Decade of Change and Growthp. 99
The Surge in Women's Political Activityp. 129
The Emergence of Women in Politics and Governmentp. 142
The Struggle for the Program at Boston Collegep. 164
Still Running against the Windp. 174
A Hard Look at the Problemp. 179
A Shifting Windp. 198
Indexp. 207
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