PULLING NO PUNCHES: Memoirs of a Woman in Politics by India Edwards

PULLING NO PUNCHES: Memoirs of a Woman in Politics

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Fortitude and good humor have kept India Edwards in fine fettle these many years, and now at 81 she recaps her behind-the-scenes battles in Democratic politics. Zest for work won over the Chicago Tribune where she was society editor in the days when Ring Lardner and Charlie McCarthy graced that bastion of Republicanism. Her leap into politics began in the Forties and she quickly learned that it was the most sexist of occupations. Her selflessness as a worker for the Women's Division of the DNC--she turned down numerous offers of top spots--made her a contented activist. It also made her a second-class citizen among male politicians, a status Edwards was not about to accept. Aboard the Whistle Stop Train, she called Truman's attention to what was not yet called the ""women's question,"" and her efforts led to the appointment of women as judges, FCC staffers, and other government officials. A loyal and highly partisan Democrat, Edwards confesses to being a strong believer in party organization; JFK and LBJ largely ignored the DNC, and she thinks their campaigns were the worse for it. Of all the many personages in these pages, her special affection goes to Truman, the man from Missouri, for the ""basic integrity and humanitarian principles in his heart."" It's a description that could be applied to India as well. Here she expresses her opinions freely on everything from psychic messages (from her son, killed in WW II) to Alger Hiss to Watergate. That sordid mess, she hopes, will draw more women into politics. ""If this sounds as though I think women are more honest than men, I do."" The good memories of one woman who stepped out of the traditional ""women's sphere"" at a time when it took much more determination to do so.

Pub Date: June 16th, 1977
Publisher: Putnam