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By Judith Nies

ISBN-10: 006117601X

ISBN-13: 9780061176012

On the peak of the Vietnam struggle protests, twenty-eight-year-old Judith Nies and her husband lived a likely idyllic existence. either have been construction their respective careers in Washington—Nies because the speechwriter and leader staffer to a middle workforce of antiwar congressmen, her husband as a Treasury division economist. but if her husband introduced domestic a listing of questions from an FBI dossier with Judith's identify at the entrance, Nies quickly learned that her existence used to be approximately to take a thorough flip. stunned to discover herself the point of interest of an FBI research into her political actions, Nies started to reevaluate her position as thankful worker and dutiful spouse. A heartfelt memoir and a piercing social observation, the woman I Left in the back of deals a clean, candid examine the Nineteen Sixties. Recounting Nies's brave trip towards independence and equality, it evaluates the results of the feminist circulation at the related girls who made it happen—and at the daughters born of their wake.

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Ray asked. “SAIS,” I answered. ’ It’s part of Johns Hopkins but in Washington not Baltimore. ” He finished my sentence with a big flourish and outstretched arms. “Amazing! The new dean is one of my very best friends. Fran Wilcox and I went to graduate school together in Geneva years ago. I even have a young protégé from Princeton whom I’ve sent to him. I’m like a godfather, you know,” he confided. “I don’t have children of my own. We like to help out young people when we can. ” He went on to tell me about the school, about his protégé, and about how exciting and innovative the SAIS program was.

Consequently, women’s interests were barely represented. Another decade would pass before the first woman was elected to the Senate in her own right, when Nancy Kassebaum was sworn in as a senator in 1979. In the House no woman had chaired a significant committee, regardless of seniority. Martha Griffiths, a brilliant legislator, was given the chair of the House Beauty Committee, which supervised the beauty salon and barbershops. In 1973, when Lindy Boggs took over her deceased husband’s seat in a special election, attitudes had begun to change.

I had no idea what my real talents or inclinations were. I had also gone to art school and learned how to do oil paintings, but I had never thought of being an artist. Why had I majored in history? The truth was that I didn’t have a literary imagination. I liked real events. Although I often put quotations from Milton on the title pages of my history papers, I didn’t think I had any talent for literary symbolism or decoding the imagery in Paradise Lost. Ray focused me with a laserlike attention when I told him about my Russian history class and my honors thesis about the Soviet secret police.

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