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Governing Now: Grassroots Activism in the National Organization for Women
Boasting more than five hundred thousand contributing members and five hundred chapters nationwide, the National Organization for Women has been politically active for more than thirty-five years. In a book that offers tools for predicting the long-term viability of a range of organizations, Maryann Barakso traces the political development of NOW. According to Barakso, NOW ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published October 20th 2004 by Cornell University Press
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Reminded me why I'll go out of my way to avoid writing from the academic field of political science. Barakso's emphasis on organizational structures flattens out what could have been a really interesting story. If you're looking for some quotes from NOW's founding documents and early newsletters, Governing NOW has its uses, but there's almost no sense of the personalities and real political conflicts that distinguish NOW from the radical feminist organizations at the center of Alice Echols' Dari ...more