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The Paradox of Gender Equality: How American Women’s Groups Gained and Lost their Public Voice by Kristin A. Goss

Although citizenship and democracy are often cast as lofty notions in tomes of political philosophy, it is vital to have academic scholarship that also addresses the individual and collective actors who have actually advanced these concepts in the US. In a thoughtful, data-driven study of congressional testimony, Goss (Duke Univ.) accomplishes this aim by exploring women's collective participation in American political and public life from the end of the Civil War to the start of the 21st century. Goss provides a multifaceted history of the continuous nature of women's collective activism, criticizing former scholarship that asserts that women's engagement in participatory democracy occurred in waves and stripping apart many of the common misunderstandings of the sameness-difference dichotomy involving women. As a result, the author presents a fresh perspective on women's collective political action and engagement that brings to life common concepts within the lexicon of American political studies. Choice

Law Library HQ 1236.5.U6 G673 2013

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