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Up From the Pedestal: Landmark Writings in the American Woman’s Struggle for Equality

Submitter: Long before your blog existed, I saved this book jacket from a discarded book.  Though this book discusses gains in women’s rights, the cover art features a groom in a striped skirt (look!), a mother, a woman cooking, and oddly a woman contemplating flowers while reading a book. Between the colors featured and the confusing jacket design, this cover cracks me up every time I see it.

Holly: I get that the women’s movement is a historical topic, but could we get some more interesting-looking books on our shelves?  On the plus side for this one, it looks like maybe it includes primary source material from the “original” feminist writers, which makes it a little more useful than it would be otherwise.

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  • OK, I give up…where is the groom? I see a woman in a skirt, probably signifying the working woman aspect in the woman’s mind. It is too bad this was weeded and all that is left is the jacket.

  • @Lisa–agreed. I think the authors of this blog could stand to learn that “newer” (or “newer-looking?”) is not a synonym for “better.”

  • Maybe it should be Down from the Pedestal.

  • Yeah. I believe that is a woman with very short hair wearing a skirt.

  • Ah, but my library had the nicely polemic Girls Are Equal, Too! from about 1973. I showed it to my own girls, who just looked at me like “Duh!” I kept it for my very own, since I couldn’t bear to part with it.

  • This is a case where maybe the book should have been saved and the book jacket weeded. If the book includes primary source material, it would be valuable for a library, particularly for those kids doing their research papers on the woman’s movement. Many teachers require primary source material which can be difficult to find in many cases.

  • I agree this book should have been saved. Aileen Kraditor is a well-known historian of the Left.

  • This is a book that should be in an academic library collection, and probably isn’t needed or desired in your average public library.

  • When everything changed : the amazing journey of American women from 1960 to the present, by Gail Collins is newer and probably better, too. And the skirt isn’t striped, it’s pleated.

  • Is the woman in the lower right corner breastfeeding? That wasn’t too common in 1968.
    I don’t see a breast but that baby sure looks latched on.

  • I’m even going to defend the jacket — as corny as the stereotyped images are, the Peter Max imagery (if that’s not his work it’s an excellent imitation) is as fundamental a part of the 60s as the women’s lib movement was.

  • I am loving this book…I wish my library had a copy! I agree it’s probably better placed in a college/higher education library than your typical public library, though. Major props to the artist who added a short haired woman in a pleated skirt/power suit, LONG before the 80’s!

  • OMG, if anyone ever weeds books like these, please send them to me!

    But I’d argue that books like this do have a place in a public library collection — where else will today’s budding feminists get their history?

  • rowmyboat: They can get their history from newer books that provide commentary on and context for the ideas here, and which can point them on to older works like this while also giving more up-to-date information.

  • This is actually a really good collection of primary sources on the history of feminism and attitudes toward women, mostly from the 19th and early 20th centuries. It’s NOT a history of the modern feminist movement. (But I’m really glad the copy in my library is sans dustjacket!)

  • It’s the Yellow Submarine cartoon in that woman’s hair. Those crazy 60’s…