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The Pink Lady

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If Hillary Clinton struggled to crack the glass ceiling in 2008, imagine the challenges that faced Helen Gahagan Douglas. She was a three-term Congresswoman beginning in 1944, and ran for the U .S. Senate against Richard Nixon just three decades after women gained the right to vote. Douglas was also a Broadway star, opera prima donna, friend of FDR, lover of LBJ, and passi ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published 2009)
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Helen Gahagan Douglas is a woman that we should know about, but don't. The first time I remember hearing about her was in 1972 when she appeared on the cover of MS. 22 years earlier Dick Nixon destroyed her political career in what is still considered the dirtiest political campaign in American history.

Gahagan (she only started to use her married name of Douglas when she was got involved in politics) was an actress, singer, humanitarian and politician. Her husband was actor Melvyn Douglas, who i
I picked it up due to its interesting subject. I should have known from the title, a reference to the slur placed on this very accomplished woman, that it would be a breezy effort. The level seemed to be appropriate for high school students, but it does not provide enough context for them, or others with no experience of this period or its immediate aftermath, to understand the passion behind the issues.

With a book this size, I did not expect more than a once over lightly, but the research needs
This is a well-researched, concise life of the former actress, activist, singer and congresswoman, known more so today, probably, for the smear campaign waged against her by then congressman Richard Nixon. A victim of the infamous McCarthy witch hunts of the 1940's and '50's, the author does a good job of telling the salient points of Mrs. Douglas's life. It's a good read.
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