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The Paradox of Change: American Women in the 20th Century

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When William Chafe's "The American Woman" was published in 1972, it was hailed as a breakthrough in the study of women in this century. But much has happened in the last two decades - both in terms of scholarship, and in the lives of American women. With "The Paradox of Change," Chafe builds on his classic work, taking full account of the events and scholarship of the last ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published March 26th 1992 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1972)
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May 28, 2016 Lauren rated it it was ok
Shelves: history
A historian's analysis of the progress and status of American women during the 20th century.

Beginning with the suffrage movement, Chafe evaluates how the campaign began, its organization and methods, and success. Chafe does not shy away from pointing out the movement's shortcomings in race and class relations; yet reminds readers that the leaders of the campaign aligned themselves with the only political example they had to follow. Thus, in following the white-male dominated political structure
Nov 27, 2013 Timothy rated it really liked it
Older and still useful discussion of women in the 20th century U.S. Chafe uses the idea of how each change brought a new paradox to the lives of women. Limited in focus as it is not as pluralistic as more contemporary studies.
Oct 19, 2009 Beth rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-school
While I wish it went up to the present, this is one of the best and most concise overviews of 20th century women's history that I've read yet. Highly recommended.
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