Carolyn Admits to Being a
Women May Be Losing Ground…
many women, supposed that our fight for equality was behind us.
askance at those who still champed and bit and raised their fists.
Weren’t they radicals for no reason? Sort of antiquated rabble
rousers without a cause?
not that I wasn’t firmly in favor of women’s rights
back in the 60s and 70s but I never did my part in affecting change.
I was too busy raising children, starting a business and, further,
the barricades erected against women and minorities that I had encountered
as a young journalist weren’t as evident in the world of homemaking
and entrepreneurship, the two arenas in which I spent much of my
was before my novel THIS IS THE PLACE was released three years ago,
and, if I may digress a moment, one of the most exciting results
of this huge event in my life was the community of readers and writers
that I gathered around myself for love, support and camaraderie.
Not all, but many of them were women—proactive women—and
their successes and hardships prompted a new-found interest in feminism.
began when one of the women who reviewed This is the Place commented
that feminist themes were evident. Then sites that catered to women
featured it. Women in my critique group set me straight when I shook
my head in wonder at all the fuss. I even started getting mail from
readers—women—who said things like, “I always
thought I was alone in the feelings I was having.”
I finally accepted that these themes were, indeed, evident in my
book and were, in fact, part of the “corrosive nature of intolerance”
that I knew I had written into it’s pages, I started noticing
all kinds of ways that prejudice against women still exists in our
culture. Not only does much still need to be done but political
forces are still eroding much of what we have achieved. I soon found
myself working to establish a Commission on the Status of Women
in my home town—a notoriously conservative community—and
actively promoting my book among women’s groups.
found more and more women (and some men) who use the power of their
pens to make a difference.
for these women!
(Titles are linked
to Amazon or B&N.)
honor, I’d like to mention some books that might change the
minds of those who think that “women’s work” is
done. As difficult as it was for women only a few decades ago many
of us need a refresher course. We need the information and fortitude
to stand firm against the political and cultural forces now poised
to diminish—if not eradicate—much of the work that has
been done. In America we tend to feel safe-- even a little self-satisfied.
We need to be on the alert not only for ourselves but for women
the world over.
to Freedom: Women Who Triumphed Over Adversity
by Alexis Powers
This book was just released; it profiles
the courage of twelve women including Gloria Killian who found herself
in prison for a crime she didn’t commit at least in part because
women do not yet have the clout necessary to protect themselves
in our culture, much less others.
Turning Back by Estelle B. Freedman
This book was assigned to my grandson in a class he took on feminism
at Glendale Community College. I must have been some influence in
spite of my decades-long lapse.
Bites Beast: Awakening the Warrior Within Women and Girls
by Gavin DeBecker, J. Stevens and Ellen Snortland
Ms. Snortland is a columnist for The
Pasadena Weekly. I met her when I wrote a letter to the editor about
one of her uproariously funny “Consider This” columns,
which I also highly recommend if you live where you can put your
hands on this alternative newspaper.
Indian Corn to Outer Space: Women Invent in America
by Fred M. B. Amram
If women hadn’t found it necessary to overcome “enormous
social obstacles” this book would have had no reason for being.
Women by Gail Collins
is a celebration of how far women have come but also a reminder
that even a woman who makes it to an executive suite may encounter
those who “expect” her to dress a turkey, even if it’s
something she doesn’t enjoy doing.
Lost: Love and Death in Modern-Day Jordan by Norma
This book will remind readers of how
essential the progress we make in own country—and how we protect
the strides we have taken-- is for the future of women elsewhere.
And, of course, This
is the Place:
I am mentioning my own book because
it has a place here. It tells of the subtle oppression that one’s
culture, including religion, pressed upon women in the 50s; many
still prevail today. It is, after all, what originally inspired
Tips and Tidbits
Each month in this box, Carolyn
lists a writing or promotion tidbit that will help authors
and a tip to help readers find a treasure among long-neglected
books or a sapphire among the newly-published.
Authors and publishers may announce their recently released
books that are available for review; reviewers may find books
that interest them. The e-mail address of the group is: ReviewersChoice@yahoogroups.com
. Check out their discussion board by searching the Yahoo
groups under the name of Reviewer's Choice. (My
Thanks for this tidbit to Norm Goldman, Editor of www.bookpleasures.com
Readers' Tip: Here is
a link to a relatively new book club on the net that chooses
a few new winners every month. My books have been featured
in the past and I’ve never been disappointed by one
of their recommendations:
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