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The right women : a journey through the heart of conservative America

Author: Elinor Burkett
Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner, ©1998.
Series: A Lisa Drew book
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American women have begun cropping up in unlikely places - in the conservative reaches of politics and at the helm of the National Rifle Association, in extremist militia groups and on the talk shows of the most virulent antiliberal, and antifeminist, radio hosts in the nation. Despite feminist predictions that women's liberation would forge a national sisterhood dancing to a liberal beat, women in growing numbers  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Burkett, Elinor.
Right women.
New York, NY : Scribner, ©1998
(OCoLC)652222335
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elinor Burkett
ISBN: 0684833085 9780684833088
OCLC Number: 37300776
Notes: "A Lisa Drew book."
Description: 288 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Through the Looking Glass --
The New Recruits --
The Babes --
A Digression into a Mad Hatter's Tea Party --
The Abolitionists --
A Digression into the World of Soccer Moms and Gender Fissures --
The Outlaws --
A Digression into Cooking Up Trouble --
The Apostates --
A Digression into a Posse of Pistol-Packing Mamas --
The Old Faithful --
The Holy --
A Digression into Faith of a Different Fabric --
The Operators --
A Digression into the Strong Arms and Stronger Spirits of Frontierswomen --
The Ideopreneurs --
A Digression into the Mind of a Femi-Newtie --
The Weary --
Epilogue: Everything Has a Moral, If Only You Can Find It.
Series Title: A Lisa Drew book
Responsibility: Elinor Burkett.

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American women have begun cropping up in unlikely places - in the conservative reaches of politics and at the helm of the National Rifle Association, in extremist militia groups and on the talk shows of the most virulent antiliberal, and antifeminist, radio hosts in the nation. Despite feminist predictions that women's liberation would forge a national sisterhood dancing to a liberal beat, women in growing numbers are declaring themselves to be strong, invincible and enemies of the very movement that empowered them. Elinor Burkett, a pioneer in women's studies, spent two years on the road meeting the vanguard of this counter-women's movement in order to write The Right Women. She interviewed the shooting stars of national politics, identifiable leaders such as Elizabeth Dole, Bay Buchanan and Helen Chenoweth - and the stars-to-be, twentysomethings who are bold, brash and brazenly right wing. She walked the halls of academia with politically incorrect college students and faculty, visited the homes of gun-toting militiawomen in Montana and listened to the lonely Abolitionists - African-American conservative women intent on doing away with every program liberals ever designed to help them. You will meet these women, and dozens more, whose voices have been curiously absent from the national discussion, on the pages of this book. The Right Women is neither an attack on feminism nor a defense of antifeminism, but a travelogue through the lives of women who are rewriting women's history with the choices they make about careers, marriage, childbearing, fashion, television and voting. Burkett argues that while they are forging new relationships with institutions that liberal feminism has written off as hopelessly patriarchal, these women are not turning their backs on the ideals of the women's movement. Instead, they are living up to those ideals by refusing to march in lockstep with anyone - even their so-called sisters. Their refusal to live the lives their feminist forebears prescribed for them is the fruit of the very movement they are rejecting.

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