summer 2005
table of contents
Articles Online

Social InSecurity
Bad and Good News for Title IX
Female Pundits Missing
Radical Muslim Prayer
Hip Hop and Feminism


Rwandan Women Lead Rebirth
Saudi Feminist Princess
French Women Do Get Fat
Networking Corner

Cover Story
Urgent Report: What’s at Stake if We Lose the Supreme Court

Public Triumphs, Private Rights
| Ellen Chesler
The Polls Speak: Americans Support Abortion | Celinda Lake
Talking Points: Judges and Filibusters | Kathy Bonk
Five Rights Women Could Lose | National Partnership for Women and Families
An Unlikely Feminist Icon | Review by Ann Blackman of Becoming Justice Blackmun: Harry Blackmun's Supreme Court Journey

More Features

The Green Motel | Rebecca Clarren
The Dialectic of Fat | Catherine Orenstein
Hanan Ashrawi: Creating a Common Language | Rebecca Ponton
Still Carrying the Torch | Emily Dietrich


Summersgate | Lisa Wogan

Power Plays | Martha Burk

A Shot Against Cervical Cancer
| Mary Jane Horton

Portfolio: Zana Briski | John Anderson

She Who Once Was | Rebecca McClanahan

Hollywood Producer Orders Up a Sunset | Aleida Rodríguez
| Eloise Klein Healy

Deja New | Lee Martin

Andrea Dworkin | In her own words

Book Reviews
Celeste Fremon on Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas’ Promises I Can Keep
Michele Kort on Johnette Howard’s The Rivals: Chris Evert vs. Martina Navratilova
Susan Straight on Alia Mamdouh’s Naphtalene: A Novel of Baghdad
Sarah Gonzales on Isabel Allende’s Zorro
Samantha Dunn on Sarah Vowell’s Assassination Vacation

Plus: Great Reads for Summer

Run, Sisters, Run! | Donna Brazile

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  BOOKMARKS | summer 2005

Great Reads for Summer

What are you taking to the beach? Add your suggestions here.

My Life So Far
By Jane Fonda
Random House

Ever the actor, Fonda divides her life story into three acts, the first two heavily marked by male figures — dad Henry and three husbands. By the final act of this compelling read, she fully embraces feminism and spirituality, achieving a hard-earned sense of wholeness.

Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft
By Lyndall Gordon

Wollstonecraft’s book The Vindication of the Rights of Women made her a celebrity of the Enlightenment. Her courageous roles as unwed mother, unconventional spouse, champion of sex education and advocate of intellectual ambition for girls remind us that in the less-than-enlightened 21st century, we can still learn from this indomitable woman.

Everything Good Will Come
By Sefi Atta
Interlink Books

Set in Nigeria, this debut novel follows two young girls as they come of age in a nation shaped by war, injustice and male domination.

Written on Water
By Eileen Chang, translated by Andrew F. Jones
Columbia University Press

Chang won her fame as a novelist and critic in mid- 20th-century China, but in these joyfully self-absorbed essays she anticipated the New Journalism. Written in Japanese-occupied Shanghai during the 1940s and only now translated into English, they combine timeless girlishness with utterly fresh feminism.

Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism
Edited by Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans
Inner Ocean Publishing

The cofounders of the grassroots antiwar movement CODEPINK have collected compelling insights on war and its injustices by the likes of Eve Ensler, Cynthia McKinney, Arianna Huffington, Barbara Ehrenreich, Helen Thomas and Granny D. Includes valuable resources for mobilizing yourself and your community.

The Woman from Hamburg and Other True Stories
By Hanna Krall, translated by Madeline G. Levine
Other Press

Polish writer Krall’s 12 nonfiction accounts from the lives of Holocaust survivors hardly resemble journalism: The stories are magically realistic, and her spare, precise prose leaves indelible afterimages.

We Flew Over the Bridge
By Faith Ringgold
Duke University Press

Harlem-raised artist Ringgold was twice brave in the 1960s-’70s: She stood up as an African American, then as a feminist. Her memoir, republished in a 10th-anniversary edition, includes color reproductions of her delightful oeuvre.

Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America and American in Iran
By Azadeh Moaveni

Feeling stuck between two worlds, an American journalist takes an eyeopening journey through modern-day Tehran in search of her ethnic identity and the culture her parents left behind.

72 Hour Hold
By Bebe Moore Campbell
Alfred A. Knopf

Campbell tackles homosexuality and mental illness, subjects that are often taboo in the African American community of which she writes.

With Billie
By Julia Blackburn
Pantheon Books

Based on more than 150 interviews conducted in the 1970s, this biography details Billie Holiday’s famously turbulent life in an unusual documentary style.

Sky Burial
By Xinran
Nan A. Talese/Doubleday

Told by one of China’s most successful journalists, this is the story of a Chinese woman’s 30-year search for her husband, who went missing in action in Tibet. The quest becomes a journey of profound personal transformation.

A Day, A Night, Another Day, Summer
By Christine Schutt

This collection of short stories is united by the theme of swiftly passing time — whether it’s a grandfather who suddenly feels the weight of years, or a mother who wonders about her half-grown sons, Whose boys are these?


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