WOMEN OF THE U.S. CONGRESS by Isobel V. Morin

WOMEN OF THE U.S. CONGRESS

Age Range: 10 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Like Fireside's Is There a Woman in the House? (p. 307), a useful and thought-provoking survey of the lives of a diverse group of congresswomen. Morin's eight women include seven of the ten in Fireside's book, with four more added in brief; she also slips in references to women in other realms of government. Fireside's self-contained chapters make her book appropriate for a slightly younger audience; Morin's interpretive approach, with tough questions such as, ``Why are there so few women in politics?'' and ``Why are women so reluctant to support female politicians?'' will challenge older readers. Her use of 1992 as a pivotal year for female politicians is a useful device for considering the past while contemplating women's political future. The photos--a misguided and irritating selection--are a letdown: too many posed headshots and far too many prominent photos of men. Why, for example, use a full-page photo of Clarence Thomas to illustrate a story about Anita Hill? List of ``Women Who Served in the U.S. Congress''; bibliography; index. (Biography. 10+)

Pub Date: March 14th, 1994
ISBN: 1-881508-12-9
Page count: 160pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1994