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By Doreen Mattingly

ISBN-10: 0190468602

ISBN-13: 9780190468606

A feminist, an outspoken activist, a lady with out a university schooling, Midge Costanza used to be one of many unlikeliest of White condo insiders. but in 1977 she turned the 1st lady Assistant to the President for Public Liaison below Jimmy Carter, rising as a trendy point of interest of the yank tradition wars. Tasked with bringing the perspectives of precise curiosity teams to the president, Costanza championed revolutionary motives whilst american citizens grew more and more divided at the very concerns for which she fought.

In A Feminist within the White House, Doreen Mattingly attracts on Costanza's own papers to make clear the lifetime of this attention-grabbing and debatable lady. Mattingly chronicles Costanza's dramatic upward push and fall as a public determine, from her preliminary acceptance to her final clashes with Carter and his aides. whereas Costanza challenged Carter to help abortion rights, homosexual and lesbian rights, and feminist regulations, Carter confronted elevated strain to soothe the pursuits of rising spiritual correct, which without delay antagonistic Costanza's beliefs. finally, marginalized either in the White condominium and through her fellow feminists, Costanza was once harassed to renounce in 1978.

Through the lens of Constanza's tale, readers capture a distinct viewpoint of the increase of debates that have outlined the feminist circulation and sexual politics to this very day. Mattingly additionally finds a much wider, yet heretofore ignored, narrative of the complicated period of gender politics within the overdue 1970's Washington - a historical past which maintains to resonate in politics today. A Feminist within the White House is a must-read for someone with an curiosity in sexual politics, lady politicians, and presidential history.

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