Sexism in America
Alive, Well, and Ruining Our Future
By Barbara J. Berg
(Lawrence Hill Books, Hardcover, 9781556527760, 384pp.)
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
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The news in 2008 was that women had taken huge strides forward. Feminists’ decades-long struggle finally seemed to be paying off, not only in boardrooms, classrooms, and kitchens but also at the very topin presidential politics. But what is the truth behind the headlines?
In Sexism in America: Alive, Well, and Ruining Our Future, renowned feminist author Barbara J. Berg debunks the many myths about how far women have come and the pervasive belief that ours is a postfeminist society. Combining authoritative research and compelling storytelling, Berg traces the assault on women’s status from the 1950swhen Newsweek declared for the American girl, books and babies don’t mix”to the present, exploring the deception about women’s progress and contextualizing our current situation. All women are hurt by a society lauding their attributes in speeches while scorning them in public policy and popular culture, and the legacy of the women’s movement is being short-circuited in every aspect of their lives.
Passionate, extensively documented, humorous, and persuasive, Sexism in America is simultaneously enlightening, frightening, and revitalizing. Berg, an ardent optimist, helps women understand where they are and why and how they can move beyond the marginalizing strategies. It is exactly the right book at exactly the right time.
Barbara J. Berg, PhD, is the author of The Crisis of the Working Mother, Nothing to Cry About, and The Remembered Gate: Origins of American Feminism. She has written for the Baltimore Sun, Ladies’ Home Journal, Ms., the New York Times Magazine, Parents, the Washington Post, and Working Woman.
"Berg . . . offers a wakeup call for young women entering the cultural and career trenches on what went wrong and how to fix it." Publishers Weekly
"Each chapter of this book offers an impassioned plea: feminism is not dead, but there is still a great need for feminist women and men to fight for the rights of women in America . . . Highly recommended." Library Journal
"In no-nonsense fashion, Berg lays out the case for a renewed feminist movement that can be at the center of progressive politics. Her passion and humor demonstrate why feminism is not a threat to us men but a gift." Robert Jensen, University of TexasAustin, author, Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity
"The time has come for a new wave of feminism and Sexism in America is just what we need to help bring it on." Diane E. Levin, PhD, professor of education, Wheelock College; coauthor, So Sexy So Soon
"Reminding us that the 'personal is political,' this book will provide women with an unambiguous understanding of a broader pattern of gender inequality." Miriam Forman-Brunell, professor of history, University of MissouriKansas City; author, Girlhood in America: An Encyclopedia
"Sweeping vision, sharp wit, and in-depth research . . . a road map to how the Far Right and conservative religious forces succeeded in pushing women's rights back from victories in the 1970s into an era in which women must begin again." Rita Henley Jensen, editor in chief, Women's eNews
"Sexism in America is vital reading for everyone to ensure that the quality of life for women continues to transform to ultimately create complete gender equality." Dr. Jane Greer, author, How Could You Do This To Me? Learning To Trust After Betrayal