In Defense of Women

Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocate

Author: Nancy Gertner

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807095486

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 298

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From a “Human Rights Hero,” a memoir of her illustrious career litigating groundbreaking cases In the boys' club climate of 1975, Nancy Gertner launched her career fighting a murder charge on behalf of antiwar activist Susan Saxe, one of the few women to ever make the FBI's Most Wanted List. What followed was a storied span of groundbreaking firsts, as Gertner threw herself into criminal and civil cases focused on women's rights and civil liberties. Gertner writes, for example, about representing Clare Dalton, the Harvard Law professor who famously sued the school after being denied tenure, and of being one of the first lawyers to introduce evidence of Battered Women's Syndrome in a first-degree murder defense. She writes about the client who sued her psychiatrist after he had sexually preyed on her, and another who sued her employers at Merrill Lynch--she had endured strippers and penis-shaped cakes in the office, but the wildly skewed distribution of clients took professional injury too far. All of these were among the first cases of their kind. Gertner brings her extensive experience to bear on issues of long-standing importance today: the general evolution of thought regarding women and fetuses as legally separate entities, possibly at odds; the fungible definition of rape and the rights of both the accused and the victim; ever-changing workplace attitudes and policies around women and minorities; the concept of abetting crime. In Defense of Women is the one-of-a-kind memoir of an exceptional, self-proclaimed "outsider lawyer."

American Women Speak: An Encyclopedia and Document Collection of Women's Oratory [2 volumes]

Author: Mary Ellen Snodgrass

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440837856

Category: History

Page: 827

View: 6324

This A-to-Z compendium explores more than 150 American women activists from colonial times to the present, examining their backgrounds and the focus of their activism, and provides examples of their speeches. • Covers issues from 1637 to 2015, representing minority perspectives and speeches • Surveys oration as a means of enlightening the public on the needs of the poor, disenfranchised, undereducated, and underemployed females • Introduces less familiar activists, such as Samantha Power and Ai-jen Poo • Includes illustrations; a timeline; an appendix of significant speeches identified by title, date, setting, and topic; and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources

Stories from Trailblazing Women Lawyers

Lives in the Law

Author: Jill Norgren

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 1479865966

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 8631

The captivating story of how a diverse group of women, including Janet Reno and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, broke the glass ceiling and changed the modern legal profession In Stories from Trailblazing Women Lawyers, award-winning legal historian Jill Norgren curates the oral histories of one hundred extraordinary American women lawyers who changed the profession of law. Many of these stories are being told for the first time. As adults these women were on the front lines fighting for access to law schools and good legal careers. They challenged established rules and broke the law’s glass ceiling.Norgren uses these interviews to describe the profound changes that began in the late 1960s, interweaving social and legal history with the women’s individual experiences. In 1950, when many of the subjects of this book were children, the terms of engagement were clear: only a few women would be admitted each year to American law schools and after graduation their professional opportunities would never equal those open to similarly qualified men. Harvard Law School did not even begin to admit women until 1950. At many law schools, well into the 1970s, men told female students that they were taking a place that might be better used by a male student who would have a career, not babies. In 2005 the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession initiated a national oral history project named the Women Trailblazers in the Law initiative: One hundred outstanding senior women lawyers were asked to give their personal and professional histories in interviews conducted by younger colleagues. The interviews, made available to the author, permit these women to be written into history in their words, words that evoke pain as well as celebration, humor, and somber reflection. These are women attorneys who, in courtrooms, classrooms, government agencies, and NGOs have rattled the world with insistent and successful demands to reshape their profession and their society. They are women who brought nothing short of a revolution to the profession of law.

The Columbia Guide to African American History Since 1939

Author: Robert L Harris Jr.,Rosalyn Terborg-Penn

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 023151087X

Category: History

Page: 456

View: 489

This book is a multifaceted approach to understanding the central developments in African American history since 1939. It combines a historical overview of key personalities and movements with essays by leading scholars on specific facets of the African American experience, a chronology of events, and a guide to further study. Marian Anderson's famous 1939 concert in front of the Lincoln Memorial was a watershed moment in the struggle for racial justice. Beginning with this event, the editors chart the historical efforts of African Americans to address racism and inequality. They explore the rise of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements and the national and international contexts that shaped their ideologies and methods; consider how changes in immigration patterns have complicated the conventional "black/white" dichotomy in U.S. society; discuss the often uneasy coexistence between a growing African American middle class and a persistent and sizable underclass; and address the complexity of the contemporary African American experience. Contributors consider specific issues in African American life, including the effects of the postindustrial economy and the influence of music, military service, sports, literature, culture, business, and the politics of self-designation, e.g.,"Colored" vs. "Negro," "Black" vs. "African American". While emphasizing political and social developments, this volume also illuminates important economic, military, and cultural themes. An invaluable resource, The Columbia Guide to African American History Since 1939 provides a thorough understanding of a crucial historical period.

Reckless

Mein Leben

Author: Chrissie Hynde

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641185998

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

View: 5468

Eine starke Frau In ihrer ungewöhnlich ehrlichen Autobiografie schreibt Chrissie Hynde über ihre kleinstädtische Jugend in den Fünfzigerjahren, ihr musikalisches Coming-of-age in den Sechzigerjahren, das Kent-State-University-Massaker, dessen Zeuge sie wurde, die Siebzigerjahre-Punk-Ära in London, die mit der Gründung ihrer legendären Band The Pretenders endete. Mit mehreren Nummer-eins-Alben und -Singles stiegen die Pretenders zu einer der erfolgreichsten Bands der Achtzigerjahre auf. Die Band musste aber auch schwere Niederschläge einstecken, zwei Mitglieder starben an ihrer Drogensucht.

Wenn die Flüsse versiegen

Author: Fred Pearce

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783888974717

Category: Water resources development

Page: 398

View: 2263

Alle Welt redet von schwindenden Energieressourcen; dass sich daneben eine ungleich gravierendere Wasserkrise anbahnt, ist bis jetzt kaum ins Bewusstsein gedrungen. Selbst wer umweltbewusst zu Hause Wasser spart, weiss selten, wieviel ”virtuelles Wasser“ er über Nahrung und Kleidung tatsächlich verbraucht: 5.000 Liter Wasser sind nötig, um ein Kilo Reis zu erzeugen, 11.000 Liter für das Rindfleisch eines Hamburgers, unglaubliche 20.000 Liter stecken in 1 kg Kaffeepulver. Kein Wunder, dass sich die Flüsse der Welt in atemberaubendem Tempo leeren, während durch Überregulierung andererseits die Flutgefahr dramatisch steigt. Längst weiss man, dass gigantomanische Bewässerungs- und Staudammprojekte eine enorme ökologische und ökonomische Verschwendung darstellen. Doch schon geht man weltweit dazu über, auch die unterirdischen Wasserreservoirs leer zu pumpen. Ressourcenkriege um Wasser bahnen sich an, denn: Ohne Öl können wir zur Not leben, ohne Wasser sicher nicht. Fred Pearces Berichte lesen sich wie Kriminalgeschichten und geben zugleich einen umfassenden Überblick über die Wasserkrise und ihre Auswirkungen.

Wie du mir

So ich dir - Thriller

Author: Amy Gentry

Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641236266

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 7107

Zwei Frauen im Rachefieber ... Die junge Comedian Dana Diaz begegnet nach einem missglückten Auftritt der IT-Spezialistin Amanda. Als Frauen in typischen Männerberufen klagen sie sich ihr Leid, denn beide sahen sich in der Vergangenheit häufig mit sexuellen Belästigungen oder Übergriffen konfrontiert. Lange haben sie dies einfach erduldet, jetzt wollen sie selbst für Gerechtigkeit sorgen. Sie schließen einen Pakt: Jede soll sich an den Gewalttätern der anderen rächen. Nach kurzer Zeit übertrumpfen sich die beiden Frauen in ihren Rachespielen, geraten in eine Spirale aus Gewalt, Betrug und Täuschung. Bis sich Dana irgendwann fragt, ob sie ihrer neuen Freundin eigentlich wirklich blind vertrauen kann. Und was, wenn nicht? Wäre es dann für einen Absprung aus dem teuflischen Spiel nicht schon viel zu spät...?