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A matter of simple justice : the untold story of Barbara Hackman Franklin and a few good women /
Lee Stout.
University Park : Pennsylvania State University Libraries, c2012.
xxiii, 232 p. : ill., ports. ; 27 cm.
0983947805 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780983947806 (cloth : alk. paper)
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University Park : Pennsylvania State University Libraries, c2012.
0983947805 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780983947806 (cloth : alk. paper)
"Focuses on the major role of Barbara Hackman Franklin, a staff assistant to President Nixon, in expanding opportunities for women in government and in American society in general. Shows how the Nixon administration's achievements reflected the national debate over the role of women"--Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [219]-222) and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2012-03-15:
In April 1971, with the feminist movement at high tide, Barbara Franklin took a two-year post in the Nixon administration to recruit well-qualified Republican women to serve as appointees in highly visible positions. (Franklin held an MBA from Harvard and later served briefly as secretary of commerce under President George H.W. Bush). Franklin, with Stout (emeritus, Pennsylvania State Univ. Lib.), initiated an oral history project at Penn State, her alma mater; the project collected almost 50 recorded interviews focusing on the powerful women hired during the Nixon presidency and who helped Nixon win points with Republican feminists. Relying on these interviews as well as archival research, Stout offers context, a useful discussion of how women appointees negotiated the male world of high-level politics, and brief biographies of many of the women appointed to prominent posts. VERDICT The straightforward text will be accessible to any adult reader. Scholars of feminism and politics will welcome this volume, which includes new research. Women engaged in politics will also appreciate the description of the experiences of those who went before.-Cynthia Harrison, George Washington Univ., Washington, D.C. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Chronologyp. xvii
Introduction: The Question and the Answerp. xxi
Advancing Women's Role in Government: Barbara Hackman Franklin
Some Historical Backgroundp. 3
Women's Appointments and the President's Task Force on Women's Rights and Responsibilitiesp. 14
Setting the Stage for a Programp. 35
Calling Barbara Franklin: The Initiative Is Under Wayp. 57
The Women's Program Meets Its Goalsp. 77
A Few Good Women in Their Own Words
Recounting Early Influences and the Special Role of Women in the Legal Professionp. 103
Recalling Barriers, Appointments, and Family Impactp. 132
Considering Networking, the President, and the Impact of the Women's Programp. 159
Conclusion: Breaking Barriers and Opening the Floodgatesp. 181
Afterwordp. 189
Appendix: The "A Few Good Women" Oral History Projectp. 195
Notesp. 201
Bibliographyp. 219
Indexp. 223
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