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National Parks and the Woman's Voice: A History
A decade has passed since the publication of the first edition of National Parks and the Woman's Voice: A History. Polly Welts Kaufman thought it time to revisit the subject of activism of women citizens in preserving national parks and to learn how far the promise of the inclusion of career women in the Park Service hierarchy has progressed. Kaufman discovered the staff i ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by University of New Mexico Press
(first published April 1996)
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Jun 11, 2008 Krista rated it liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in women's history, park service history.
This was a pretty good read. Definatly lost stars as it went on, but started off very strong. I really liked the historical information, early park stuff and the photos were great (would have liked more). But the recent information, which took up nearly 1/2 of the book, was boring. Lots of name dropping. Do I care? I have no idea who these women are and if you aren't going to add more than one sentence per woman than you won't make me care who they are. But overall a really interesting read.
An interesting book, but not very well written. The author tends to bounce all over the place; sometimes jumping back and forth between things she has already written. The organization seems to go in the order she intended, but doesn't necessarily go chronologically or by park. The book is also just brief summaries of individual women and the park service. Like reading a bunch of 1 page biographies of NPS women. Was really hoping for more.