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By Doreen Mattingly

ISBN-10: 0190468602

ISBN-13: 9780190468606

A feminist, an outspoken activist, a girl and not using a university schooling, Midge Costanza was once one of many unlikeliest of White condominium insiders. but in 1977 she grew to become the 1st lady Assistant to the President for Public Liaison lower than Jimmy Carter, rising as a widespread point of interest of the yankee tradition wars. Tasked with bringing the perspectives of designated curiosity teams to the president, Costanza championed revolutionary motives whilst americans 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 interesting and debatable lady. Mattingly chronicles Costanza's dramatic upward push and fall as a public determine, from her preliminary attractiveness to her final clashes with Carter and his aides. whereas Costanza challenged Carter to aid abortion rights, homosexual and lesbian rights, and feminist guidelines, Carter confronted elevated strain to assuage the pursuits of rising non secular correct, which without delay antagonistic Costanza's beliefs. finally, marginalized either in the White apartment and by means of her fellow feminists, Costanza used to be burdened to renounce in 1978.

Through the lens of Constanza's tale, readers seize a special viewpoint of the increase of debates that have outlined the feminist circulate and sexual politics to this very day. Mattingly additionally unearths a much wider, yet heretofore missed, narrative of the complicated period of gender politics within the overdue 1970's Washington - a historical past which keeps to resonate in politics today. A Feminist within the White House is a must-read for an individual with an curiosity in sexual politics, girl politicians, and presidential history.

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