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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,022 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gail Collins Narrator: Christina Moore Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781449804992
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An enthralling blend of oral history and Gail Collins’ keen research, this definitive look at fifty years of feminist progress shimmers with the amusing, down-to-earth liberal tone that is this New York Times columnist’s trademark.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Collins, whose prose is vigorous and direct, has an unflaggingly intelligent conversational style that gives this book a personal and authoritative tone all at once.”

    New York Review of Books

  •  “Exhilarating, accessible, and inspiring.”

    Slate.com

  • “An engrossing account…deadly serious and great fun to read at the same time…sure to become required reading.” Kirkus Reviews
  • Selected for the November 2009 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2009 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Billy | 2/17/2014

    " Was useful in raising my consciousness, and I was won over to her thesis that the most drastic changes for women in American social, political and economic life happened rapidly over about two generations. There's a lot in here, but I was surprised to find almost nothing on the role of religion in enforcing traditional gender notions. Gail Collins has a talent for civility and charm even when disagreeing vehemently (see her joint online columns with David Brooks); the effect is of someone with perspective and generous wisdom, such that the passion she reserves for her criticism of America's failure to ever meaningfully address the issue of early childcare is noticeably resolute (and rightfully so). Speaking of perspective, two years later this book's last section on the 2008 election helped me develop a little understanding of, at least in some way, the sincere disappointment of all those Hillary supporters - as well as the candidate herself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby | 2/14/2014

    " First book I read on my Kindle! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 2/3/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It did not read like a history of the woman's movement but a review of things that happened during my life. Some things I remember well and some were just a blur. Every woman should read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 1/29/2014

    " When everything changed was exactly want I was looking for. History without getting bogged down in academia or theory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shoshana | 1/28/2014

    " Equal parts sad and encouraging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 1/24/2014

    " Comprehensive coverage of what has happened to women during my lifetime. Love the nudges into memory. Taking my time reading it but I'm nearly done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Val | 1/23/2014

    " I really don't know what to say about this book. At times I wished there was more depth and at times I thought the newspaper level of detail was enough. It was quite interesting, I can say that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann Canann | 1/18/2014

    " She does a terrific job of telling our social history from my last years of high school until now. She didn't have a particular point of view - just good straight-forward reporting. There were no insights or new facts for me. I was there. I lived it and I paid attention. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valena Arguello | 1/18/2014

    " LOVED IT!! The vioce anf experiances of this author lent themselves nicely to her topic. Beyond this this book is well written and organized, great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/16/2014

    " This book was amazing! It is non-fiction but reads more like fiction. I learned so much about the feminist movement. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because she introduces so many influential women and then discusses them again in a later chapter, it's hard to keep track of everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizz Hendricks | 1/2/2014

    " This is a much more "academic" book than I typically read, but for a good-for-you read, it was really riveting. Learned a lot about the leaps and bounds the women's movement has made in the last 5-6 decades. Definitely recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cordelia | 12/29/2013

    " I haven't read the whole thing but so far its great. I love the perspective she tells women's history from. Its also in a very easy to read style. Go Gail! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsti | 11/24/2013

    " A great read. I disagree with just about everything Phyllis Schlafly and the Eagle Forum stand for, but I have to admire Phyl's intelligence and determination. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared Perkins | 11/2/2013

    " Very good summary of major events through the stories of real everyday women. Quick and easy read, approachable writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi Gall | 7/30/2013

    " I believe Collins captures what it means to be a women in the last 50 years and what equality means to society. The structure was a tad chaotic in places with jumping back into a story of someone pages later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan Stenftenagel | 7/14/2013

    " A trip down memory lane. Collins jogged my reality; and yet much has NOT changed. We need to remember this history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 5/25/2013

    " Very enlightening book detailing different aspects of the women's movement. In fact, this should be required reading for everyone in my generation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanley | 1/3/2013

    " Great historical record of women and history and events you know about, with the activites, events, and personal stories from women you didn't know before. Well researched and very well written. One of those books that everyone should read. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Riah | 5/15/2012

    " This is a MUST read book. This is the book you wish you had for your college Women's Studies or Gender Studies coursework. Comprehensive, easy to read, well-organized, and full of points to discuss. Maybe you know a lot or maybe you know a little... either way, this book will have something for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolinebeck | 11/2/2011

    " I loved this. It is hard to believe some of this only happened 50 years ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kurt B. | 5/19/2011

    " Fast-moving, thoughtful, and often hilarious. I'm a fan of Collins' work for the New York Times but she's even better in a longer forum. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 5/2/2011

    " Awesome read! We've come a long way baby. Lots of great unknown to me facts and great ope for the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean Marie | 4/16/2011

    " This should be a must read. Collins is ambitious in her coverage and clever in the way she intertwines the famous women in history with those impacted by the changes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 3/25/2011

    " Much more readable, and enjoyable, than Rosen's "The World Split Open." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 3/22/2011

    " really good perspective on the dramatic changes for women during my lifetime and very interesting for our daughters to read, as it details, through personal stories of women inside the movement and affected by it--changes they did not experience as they happened, but affect their lives today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 3/21/2011

    " An interesting book. Although it doesn't break new ground, Collins has created a fascinating portrait of women and their struggle for equality from 1960 to today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valena | 3/19/2011

    " LOVED IT!! The vioce anf experiances of this author lent themselves nicely to her topic. Beyond this this book is well written and organized, great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 3/4/2011

    " Should be required reading for all American women -- and their daughters! "

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About the Author
Author Gail Collins

Gail Collins was the editorial page editor for the New York Times between 2001 and 2007—the first woman to hold that position. She currently writes a column for the Time’s op-ed page twice weekly.

About the Narrator

Christina Moore is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator who has garnered eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she is best known for her roles in the television series That ’70s Show, Hawthorne, and 90210. She is a founding member of Bitches Funny, an all-female sketch group that has performed in New York City and Los Angeles for the past five years.