Books by Phyllis Chesler
"Each account in this book, which includes articles from a widely diverse group of women who were designated Foremothers, is very personal. Although some of the women included I count among my friends, I learned much that I didn't know about each of them. I identified at least two unifying themes: The first was the degree to which each woman, however prominent now, had to overcome personal and emotional adversity in her life and career. The second more hopeful theme is the extent to which each woman felt that what she did that made her a Foremother was just a natural result of her becoming whole, integrated, and her own person. Although the paths were different, no one among the group indicated that her accomplishments were anything other than what followed almost inevitably from her own psychological growth and freedom. There is much psychological inspiration here to the women who follow in continuing the revolution of the second twentieth-century women's movement"
"Feminist Foremothers in Women's Studies, Psychology and Mental Health is a remarkable, moving, and inspiring collection of 48 personal stories. These women were asked to write about what led up to their achievements, what their accomplishments were, and how their lives were consequently changed. While the women were given the choice of being interviewed by a graduate student, most chose to write their own stories.
" Reading this book is a little like panning for gold. All it takes is finding one's first nugget to ignite and maintain the process. Feminist Foremothers rewards readers with a plethora of nuggets. I found myself unwilling to skip even a single contribution. Many are written by women I know quite well, about whom I learned more. Others are by women I know only slightly, or only through their writings and speeches, on whom I have new perspectives after reading their contributions to the book.
"Feminist Foremothers in Women's Studies, Psychology, and Mental Health is a welcome addition to the women's history literature. The multidisciplinary approach will interest scholars in a variety of fields. Each chapter is a mini-autobiography or biography in which the women's major contributions are highlighted and the way they found feminism is described. Some chapters go well beyond biography and belong on course syllabi; for example, Louise Armstrong presents her work in the context of the backlash against the incest survivor's movement, which she describes insightfully and concisely.
I recommend this book be put on the reading list of every American school.
--Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Author of Infidel and Nomad
This is a bold book, intimate and rich in detail… Chesler is a voice crying out for women. She will never stop
The 2011 Edition of Mothers on Trial
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