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True to ourselves : a celebration of women making a difference
Neuman, Nancy M., 1936-
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Jossey-Bass Publishers, [1998]

Physical Description:
xx, 246 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Being clear in passion and desire / Capturing opportunities for leadership / Recognizing moments of learning / My journey to feminism / Getting and being ready / Woman energy / Up from silence / Face to face with power / Expanding our horizons / Measure of woman / Standing alone / Battling for my cause

Coloring outside the lines / My moral compass / Change in plans / Power of partnership / Seasons of life / What do women want? / Beyond self-interest / My otherness / Getting political / Building bridges
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League of Women Voters of the United States

A celebration of passionate, heroic women who represent the expanding power and influence of women in American public life. In this dynamic collection, twenty-two extraordinary leaders share inspiring personal stories that reflect the universal desire to effect change in the world. Representing the nation's ethnic diversity, these outstanding women demonstrate that everyone can truly make a difference.

True to Ourselves presents a remarkable mix of women who have confronted tough choices, challenges, and tests of their own character with determination and conviction. From polar explorer Ann Bancroft and Smith College president Ruth J. Simmons to second lady Tipper Gore, activist Sarah Brady, and politicians Carol Moseley-Braun, Polly B. Baca, and Patsy T. Mink, the contributors describe lives enriched by family, career, and their own commitment to the larger public good. They reveal turning points that compelled them to change their lives and share their concerns about the unfinished business of building an equal and inclusive society. Their stories and examples will inspire readers to face challenges in their own lives and fulfill their dreams and aspirations.

Author Notes

NANCY M. NEUMAN is a lecturer and writer on women in politics and public policy. A former national president of the League of Women Voters, she is the editor of A Voice of Our Own (1996) and author of The League of Women Voters in Perspective 1920-1995 (1994). She has been a distinguished visiting professor at Washington and Jefferson College, Bucknell University, and Pomona College.

Table of Contents

Part I True to Ourselves
1 Being Clear in Passion and DesireAnn Bancroft
2 Capturing Opportunities for LeadershipEllen Hume
3 Recognizing Moments of LearningRuth J. Simmons
4 My Journey to FeminismMary Dent Crisp
Part II Woman Power
5 Getting and Being ReadyRosalie E. Wahl
6 Woman EnergyBella S. Abzug
7 Up from SilenceOlympia J. Snowe
8 Face to Face with PowerCarmen Delgado Votaw
9 Expanding Our HorizonsEva M. Clayton
Part III The Measure of Woman
10 The Measure of WomanKathleen Kennedy TownsAnd
11 Standing AloneCarol Moseley-Braun
12 Battling for My CauseSarah Brady
13 Coloring Outside the LinesBarbara Roberts
Part IV Turning Points
14 My Moral CompassChristine Todd Whitman
15 A Change in PlansPatsy T. Mink
16 The Power of PartnershipTipper Gore
17 Seasons of a LifePolly B. Baca
Part V New Directions
18 What Do Women Want?Celinda C. Lake
19 Beyond Self InterestAngela E. Oh
20 My OthernessMaria Hinojosa
21 Getting PoliticalAmy R. Simon
22 Building BridgesVicki Miles-LaGrange