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A Feminist in the White House: Midge Costanza, the Carter by Doreen Mattingly

By Doreen Mattingly

A feminist, an outspoken activist, a girl with no collage schooling, Midge Costanza was once one of many unlikeliest of White apartment insiders. but in 1977 she turned the 1st woman Assistant to the President for Public Liaison below Jimmy Carter, rising as a fashionable point of interest of the yankee tradition wars. Tasked with bringing the perspectives of designated curiosity teams to the president, Costanza championed revolutionary factors 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 thrust 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 rules, Carter confronted elevated strain to soothe the pursuits of rising non secular correct, which at once hostile Costanza's beliefs. finally, marginalized either in the White residence and via her fellow feminists, Costanza was once confused to surrender in 1978.

Through the lens of Constanza's tale, readers trap a special point of view of the increase of debates that have outlined the feminist stream and sexual politics to this very day. Mattingly additionally unearths a much wider, yet heretofore ignored, narrative of the complicated period of gender politics within the past due 1970's Washington - a heritage which keeps to resonate in politics today. A Feminist within the White House is a must-read for a person with an curiosity in sexual politics, lady politicians, and presidential history.

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