NOT ONE OF THE BOYS by Brenda Feigen

NOT ONE OF THE BOYS

Living Life as a Feminist

KIRKUS REVIEW

Feigen studied at Harvard Law School in the 1960s, where she found herself offended by all-male clubs and sexist professors; this set the scene for her unflappable resistance to the status quo later on.

She met a "feminist man" and fell into a position as vice-president of NOW—taking on the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment as her raison d'être. Later she became the director of the Women's Rights Projects at the ACLU. Developing a longstanding relationship with Gloria Steinem, Feigen assisted in the launching of the magazine Ms. She also worked on many legal cases with Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was fired from the ACLU after she revealed her pregnancy—a double whammy of hypocrisy since the ACLU fought many cases against sex discrimination. She responded by starting her own law firm. After the birth of her daughter, Feigen's husband left her. She became a lesbian, moved to Hollywood, and produced a movie. By then, she had lost some of the confidence of her Harvard years.

A glimpse into the life of a fighter.

Pub Date: Sept. 12th, 2000
ISBN: 0-679-40842-8
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Knopf
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2000




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