In 69 essays with 79 contributors, this local history captures a critical decade when the women’s rights movement was gaining momentum nationally, and explains how that movement affected dynamic women in a city in the middle of the country. These women dared to challenge conventional wisdom in areas of credit, health care, academics, religion, and artistic expression. From consciousness-raising groups to art fairs, from Title IX to establishing a credit rating, from establishing a feminist newspaper and bookstore to organizing for the rights of homemakers, Roe gathers the experiences of the women who changed the trajectory for all women in the city, in their own voices.
“The electrifying drama that characterized the heady days of what used to be called women’s liberation is here for the reader to enjoy as well as ponder, as is the courage and restless intellectual engagement of the women presented here. I could not put this book down.”
– Deborah A. Gordon, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies, WSU
“This compilation is an embarrassment of riches, private, political, funny, heart wrenching.”
– Antonya Nelson, Novelist, author of "Bound"
“This volume gives a reader the trees and the forest.”
– Jeanine Hathaway, author of the forthcoming "The Ex-Nun Poems"