The Inside Story of the Women’s Movement and the Leaders Who Made It Happen
By Marcia Cohen
“The Sisterhood is more than a compelling portrait of the early days of the contemporary women’s movement. It is filled with reminders, some which now seem astonishing, of the barriers that stood between women and equality.” —Jeff Greenfield, CBS News
“Lively…. By filling in the details and telling us all about the players, she gives the story a dramatic coherence that it has rarely achieved before.” —Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times
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In this epic drama of personality and politics, passion and ambition, courage and betrayal, Marcia Cohen tells the fascinating inside story of the feminist revolution through the lives of the women who made it—and were sometimes unmade by it. Focusing on Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Germaine Greer, and Kate Millett, The Sisterhood is a revealing group portrait of the women whose ideas and actions have so profoundly transformed us all.
This classic account traces the women’s movement from its quiet birth in the 1960s through its startling triumphs in the 1970s and its troubled legacy in the 1980s. Today, everything seems possible for women as they function on an equal plane with men in nearly every walk of life. But the revolution was hard won.
Now the irreverent, entertaining history that reveals all the well-kept secrets of feminism, with a thoughtful new foreword by the author, appears in a special edition that serves as a riveting social history, casting light on an entire era so important for women as well as men.
Marcia Cohen is a journalist/historian, a former editor at Hearst, Gannett, and the New York Daily News, whose articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine and New York Magazine as well as many other national publications. Born in Binghamton, New York, she is an honors graduate of Harvard and now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has studied art in Santa Fe and at the Art Students League in New York.
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