When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women From 1960 to the Present

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When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women From 1960 to the Present
By Gail Collins
Little, Brown, 2009
480 pp. $27.99
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Historians looking back on the feminist revolution may someday conclude that it was as earthshaking and important as the French Revolution. Collins' account of the progress made on women's rights may be long on anecdote and short on analysis, but it is nevertheless a gripping and eminently readable account of a remarkable story. Younger readers will be astonished as they read Collins' descriptions of the world of the 1950s and 1960s, when both women and men assumed that systematic discrimination based on gender was natural and benign. Older readers will be reminded of how much has changed. The twenty-first century may well be the century of the woman on a global scale, as the changes Collins documents that remade family life in Europe and North America continue to sweep across the world.