Title: When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present
Author: Gail Collins
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publish Date: October 14, 2009
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "When Everything Changed
begins in 1960, when most American women had to get their husbands'
permission to apply for a credit card. It ends in 2008 with Hillary
Clinton's historic presidential campaign. This was a time of cataclysmic
change, when, after four hundred years, expectations about the lives of
American women were smashed in just a generation."
My Two Cents:
"When Everything Changed"
is a history of American women from 1960 the present and everything that
they had to go through in order to get where we are today. It was a
time of rapid change. You had women entering the workforce in higher
levels than ever before. Their roles and the way that they saw
themselves, and the ways that they wanted others to see them were
changing as well. When you look at history, there is so much change that
occurred for women in the 1960s. The 1960s were really the beginning of
the feminist movement as women were moving out of their traditional
roles and into more different roles then they'd ever had before. The
following decades meant even more changes for women. As a woman who
lives today, I'm definitely appreciative of those who came before me and
paved the way for me to do what I want to do.
This book gave me
an even greater appreciation for those that came before me. Gail Collins
has written a lot about women and women's issues so she is definitely
well versed in the subject, which shines through in her narrative. She
pulls together so many poignant points of view in this book. She covers
not only who made changes but what kind of changes were occurring in
areas such as fashion and the workforce. This was a great read that not
only showed me how far we've come by and many ways how far we still have
to go in order to make things the best that they can be for women. I
suggest this book to anyone who is looking for an engaging account of
the many great strides that so many women have made over the past five
decades or so.